It is very convenient (or more likely a coincidence) that carpets are made from either Man-made materials or Natural materials, meaning the two can be reviewed together for the purposes of an A-Z!
The terms 'man-made' and ‘natural’ relate to the materials used to construct the pile of the carpet; they do not relate to the material used for the backing of carpets (which was discussed in an earlier article here).
What are man-made carpets?
Man-made carpets are constructed using artificial fibres. They come in a variety of materials such as Acrylic, Polypropylene, Polyester, Polyamide and others. The most common man-made carpets used domestically are constructed of either Polypropylene or Polyamide (also known as Nylon).
What are natural carpets?
As you might suspect, natural carpets are made from naturally occurring fibres. The most common material used is wool but you can also find carpets made from coir, jute, sisal and seagrass.
What are the advantages of man-made carpets?
What are the advantages of natural carpets?
What are the disadvantages of man-made carpets?
What are the disadvantages of natural carpets?
What else is there to know?
It's not just the advantages and disadvantages discussed above that one has to consider, but also the differences between individual products. Modern manufacturing is closing the gap and some high-end man-made carpets are now considered better than a wool carpet of cheaper construction.
Some man-made fibres can feel even softer than wool but on the other hand wool carpets are now treated for stain, fade and insect resistance.
One option, commonly referred to as an "80/20" sees wool carpets being blended with man-made fibres, aiming to offer the best of both (not so good for the environment though).
So what is best for me?
It depends on a number of factors such as the area to be covered, the home lifestyle, the budget, and more. Man-made carpets are a more budget friendly option, they are hard wearing and ideal for homes with children or pets. Wool carpets are sustainable, and will retain their appearance for much longer when cared for.
At Grimley Flooring we will work with you and guide you through these considerations to find the best solution for you and your home. Call us for your free, no-obligation consultation.