Weaving a Wool Area Rug starts with a process called shearing. This harmless process removes the wool from the animal that grew it. After shearing, wool is divided into four categories: fleece, bellies, locks, and broken.
After the wool is divided, the scouring process begins. When wool is first removed from an animal, it contains vegetable matter, dead skin, sweat residue, and fibers of other distasteful materials. Scouring removes these materials with warm water and other special equipment, leaving a pure wool that can be woven into area rugs, clothing, and more.
THE WOOL RUG EXPERIENCE- The amount of crimp in a Wool Area Rug correlates directly with the fineness of the fibers. While merino wool can have up to one hundred crimps per square inch, coarse wool may only have one or two. Because of these stark differences, wool area rug experiences can vary greatly based on quality, craftsmanship, and locale.