Wool Rugs: Everything You Need to Know

Last updated on December 21st, 2023

For thousands of years, wool rugs have been a go-to source for keeping homes warm and cozy. While wool only accounts for a small percentage of all fibers used in the world today, the International Wool Textile Organization reports that in 2021, 1.3 billion sheep produced close to 1.8 million tons of wool. The top 5 wool-producing countries in the world are China, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and Great Britain.

As a staple yarn historically used to craft fine Persian rugs, wool is still a prized possession for homeowners that’s also considered among the best floor coverings available.

Abstract wool-blend rug
This wool-blend rug is designed to turn heads. Featuring Prismatic PRS27 Grey/Seafoam.

What is so special about wool?

Besides the incredibly soft texture, there are tons of reasons to love wool! Here are some fast facts on the benefits of wool:

  • Wool is sustainable and biodegradable
  • Wool resists odors, as well as mold and mildew (just watch out not to soak your rug in water!)
  • Wool hides dirt, reducing the need to clean frequently
Textured wool rug
The Modern Edge MDE01 Ivory Wool Rug is a cozy take on Mid-Century style.

How to choose a wool rug

With all of the different weave types available today, picking the right rug can seem a little overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be! Here are a few simple things to look for when purchasing a wool rug:

1. Check the source of the wool

If possible, take a look at the back label or online material breakdown of the rug. Though shedding is normal with all wool rugs, New Zealand wool is the highest quality available that also sheds less.

2. Seek a reputable manufacturer

If you can’t find any material specifics, choose a manufacturer that has a history of producing high-quality rugs.

At Nourison Home, we take pride in creating the best rugs to match every style and budget. Many of our designs are made with New Zealand wool or wool blends that offer much of the same benefits at a more wallet-friendly price point.

3. Consider your needs

Depending on your household, one type of rug might make more sense than another. Hand-hooked rugs, for example, have a fun texture but aren’t the best choice for dog and cat claws. If you’re on a budget, a machine-made or hand-tufted is much easier on the wallet than a hand-knotted one.

For those seeking a low-maintenance option, a flat weave wool rug may be the best choice.

Regardless of the construction, the #1 thing to remember about rugs made of wool is that they are a great long-term investment that offers tons of versatility.

Once you’re ready, explore our extensive collection of wool rugs to start your journey towards a cozier home!

Still need a little more info on how to pick the perfect rug for your space? Check out our quick guide to choosing the right rug.