Guide to Wool Blend Rugs

Vintage Siler Medallion Printed Rug from Myrtle by NuLoom

Rugs come in a variety of materials. One of the best rug materials is wool, but wool can be costly and hard to maintain. Thankfully, there are several types of rugs that mix wool and other materials for a great rug combination. Sometimes, combining wool with another material will add a quality the rug otherwise wouldn’t have. Nylon, acrylic, polyester, polypropylene, and silk are popular material to blend with wool. Keep reading for a more in-depth guide to wool blend rugs.

Wool-Nylon Blends

Tala from Tala by Jaipur

A wool-nylon blend combines both wool and nylon in a rug. Most of the time, the majority of the rug will be made of wool. Since nylon is usually cheaper than wool, having this material combination may bring the price of the rug down a bit. You can still enjoy a wool rug, without the high price by purchasing a wool and nylon blend rug.

Wool-Acrylic Blend

Catherine from Marigold by Artistic Weavers

Acrylic is a man-made material. It’s less expensive than wool but feels almost the same. Acrylic isn’t as popular as it used to be, but it can still be found in many wool blend rugs. Purchasing a wool and acrylic blend rug is less expensive than purchasing a wool rug.

Wool-Polyester Blend

Vintage Siler Medallion Printed Rug from Myrtle by NuLoom

Wool and polyester blend rugs are great for those who want to enjoy a wool made rug without the high price tag. Using polyester is an inexpensive way to fill up the parts of the rug that are not made of wool. A downside of a wool-polyester blend rug is that they’re not as durable as the more expensive wool only rug.

Wool-Polypropylene Blend

Ancients from Lane by Kalora

Wool and polypropylene blend rugs are very similar to wool-polyester rugs. Polypropylene is a synthetic polymer and is a common rug material. Polypropylene is easy to clean and can resist stains, making it a great material to blend with wool. It’s also durable, like wool. Another great reason to use polypropylene is that it’s less expensive, bringing the overall price of the rug down.

Wool and Silk

Hand Tufted Belini Area Rug from San Miguel Hand Tufted by NuLoom

Both wool and silk are natural fibers. Wool comes from the coat of sheep and silk is made by silkworms. Silk feels very soft and looks shiny, making it a very fine fiber. Even though silk is delicate, it’s also highly durable. Wool and silk make a great combination. A popular method with this blend is to make the base of the rug out of wool and the design with silk, which really makes the rug stand out among other blends and materials. Unlike synthetic materials, silk is more expensive than wool so wool-silk blends can be pricey.

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