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Choosing the Right Carpet

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As the economic times remain tough and household budgets are still under pressure we have noticed that more and more people are opting for the less expensive polypropylene based carpet. But we are always asked which option is better - wool or man made?

Both fibres have a rightful place in the market but it is important that those wishing to buy a new carpet are aware of the different carpet characteristics and benefits each fibre brings.

Section One

When times are tough and purse strings are tightened, it can be tempting to go for the least expensive flooring option, says David Cormack, marketing director for Cormar Carpets. 

Consumers should be aware that although cost is often the major driver, overall value and suitability for purpose must also be considered. 

Section Two

How a carpet looks and performs is dependent on the fibre content used.

It has a bearing on the durability, resilience, appearance retention, feel, practicality and price. Where in the home it is used is important too.

Talk to your local retailer about where you want your carpet to go and how long you expect it to last. A good reputable retailer will discuss the options with you and should clearly explain the benefits of one carpet over another.


Wool is an excellent natural fibre that has been used in carpets and rugs for centuries.

It offers superb resilience to wear because of the inherent ability of the fibre to bounce back and recover following the pressure of foot traffic therefore retaining its looks over the years. Because of the characteristics of the fibre, it has a natural ability to resist general soiling and responds well to professional cleaning.


Alternatively, polypropylene is a great family friendly fibre and it generally costs less.

It is ideal for a childrens bedroom carpet or playrooms where spills and accidents are common.

Quick Guide

Both fibres are really good options for all areas of the home including stair carpets.

Please see our handy guide for the benefits of each type of fibre:

Main benefits of choosing a wool carpet:

Main benefits of choosing a wool carpet:

  • Hard wearing and long lasting
  • Wool piles keep their shape and height
  • Wool recovers quickly from furniture indents
  • Wool is naturally flame retardant
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre
Main benefits of choosing a polypropylene carpet:

Main benefits of choosing a polypropylene carpet:

  • Very stain resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Hard Wearing
  • Good colour fastness
  • Great value for money