How To Choose a Wool Carpet

Tony Cagorski owner of Homestyle Flooring Solutions in Brookvale has been selling carpets on the Northern Beaches for over 25 years. Tony shares his vast flooring knowledge  about wool carpets; how to choose a good one, what brands he recommends and what trends we can expect this year.

Wool Carpets

When customers walk into the showroom at Homestyle Flooring Solutions Brookvale one of the first questions they ask is, ‘What is the best material for carpet?’

In truth, no one material or style is overall better than the next, each comes in a variety of prices to suit your lifestyle and budget, but for me the sumptuous feel of a good quality wool carpet underfoot is pure luxury. What you really need to consider when choosing what’s best for you is, what room the carpet is going to be in? How much traffic it will get and how much you are prepared to spend?

There are multiple different fibres used for carpet; wool, natural bio-polymers, nylon and polypropylene. Carpets can be made up of a single fibre or a blend of fibres, for example 80% wool and 20% nylon is a favourite.

Wool carpets remain a popular choice for their warmth, luxurious feel and durability – a good quality wool carpet should outlast any other type. Generally, wool is more expensive than other fibres, but price depends on the quality and construction of the carpet.

I recommend my customers choose a carpet that has been graded by the Australian Carpet Classification Scheme (ACCS). The scheme works like a star rating similar to the energy ratings efficiency for white goods. The more stars a carpet has the better it is likely to be in terms of its durability and how well it keeps its appearance. Residential carpets can have a maximum of six stars and carry a yellow and blue label, whilst commercial carpets can have a maximum of four stars and carry black and gold labels. Some carpets will carry both residential and commercial gradings.

Wool has excellent resilience, so it recovers well from crushing and retains it appearance. It resists liquid-based spillages and releases dirt easily due to the unique structure of wool fibre. Unlike nylon however, wool can’t be treated for stain resistance so spillages need to be attended to immediately. Wool is naturally flame resistant; it is difficult to ignite and has low flame spread and heat release properties. As a result, pure new wool carpets comply with many international flammability regulations.

Carpet is an integral part of your décor and can be the focal point of the room. For the ultimate in choice, Godfrey Hirst carpets offer a fantastic colour selection and range of styles. Being the largest manufacturer and exporter of carpets in the southern hemisphere means there are literally hundreds of carpets to choose from. Godfrey Hirst wool carpets are renowned for their quality and durability. Made with premium wool, they suit all climates and provide natural stain resistance.

I also like to recommend Feltex Woven carpets made from premium wools.  The expert team of designers at Feltex seem to be able to bring the latest colour and style trends to floors.

So what trends can we see in wool carpets this year? According to Chaparral Carpet Mills in Victoria, trends for the season show a dominance of darker shades, such as greys, beiges and mauves. Texture is a common theme in the market place.
If you are considering a wool carpet or indeed any other floor covering including timber, vinyl, and bamboo, come and talk to me at my Brookvale showroom.

Solution Dyed Nylon Carpets

Statron Solution Dyed Nylon

Solution Dyed Nylon Carpets are a great choice for families with young children or pets. It’s hard wearing, practical and has excellence resistance to every day stains and spills.

The main difference between plain old nylon and solution dyed nylon is in the yarn colouration process. With solution dyeing, pigment is added to the polymer melt before the fibre is extruded into yarn. The colour, therefore, is an inherent part of the yarn itself and although solution dying may not offer as wide a colour selection as other dye methods, its colours are the most permanent.  This makes fading from the harsh Australian sun virtually impossible. Colour loss from abrasive cleaning agents is also highly unlikely.  For those concerned about chemicals and the environment, the solution dyeing process itself is eco-friendly and efficient, using little water or energy.

Good-quality nylon carpets can now mimic the luxurious look of wool, but unlike wool, nylon carpets offer stain protection and additionally the non-porous fibre can resist odours. Solution dyed carpet is very resistant to wear and tear, so it keeps its appearance for a very long time. All this is great news for those with active families or pets.

So what is stain protection? Stain protection is a treatment that is applied to the carpet during manufacture for the purpose of repelling stains and soiling. Think sticky fingers, food spills, drink disasters and muddy boots or paws!! Stain protection gives you extra peace of mind knowing your investment is protected.

Statron Solution Dyed Nylon
Statron Solution Dyed Nylon

When considering solution dyed nylon, there are four manufacturers/wholesalers I recommend:

  • Redbook Carpets , owned by Feltex, offer a large selection of styles and a stunning range of the latest colours. Every Redbook carpet is manufactured with an effective stain fighting treatment, exclusively patented to make cleaning up easier and help your carpet looking like new.
  • Signature Floorcoverings is a leading wholesaler of residential and commercial floor coverings in Australia. Their philosophy is Quality. Style. Inspiration. All Signature Floorcoverings products are rigorously tested prior to introduction to market to meet strict Australian Standards. They are manufactured to the highest level by some of the largest manufacturers in the world, providing a huge range of stylish, niche floor covering products.
  • Beaulieu Australia is the country’s third largest carpet manufacturer and Australia’s premiere Environmentally Sustainable Design textile floor covering specialist. Beaulieu offer over 20 solution dyed carpets in their range. With exotic names such as Tuscan Sun and Mystic Isle you will be sure to find a carpet to suit from this pioneering manufacturer.
  • Godfrey Hirst is the largest carpet manufacturer in the southern hemisphere.   Statron® Solution Dyed Nylon offers complete consistency in colour as well as improved colourfastness against light. Pigment and polymer are mixed before extrusion, giving Godfrey Hirst the potential to create a palette of over 1,000,000 colour combinations.

So, next time you are considering carpet, don’t just think wool. Come in to my Brookvale showroom and ask about solution dyed nylon!

Tony Cagorski
 Flooring Solutions, Brookvale

Tony Cagorski has been selling carpets on Northern Beaches for over 25 years. As well as carpet, Flooring Solutions stocks a huge range of , vinyl, and bamboo.