Wool & Silk
Wool is popular for its practicality. Known for its soil and stain resistance, long-term appearance retention, color retention and texture recovery. Wool also provides numerous environmental benefits. It is flame-resistant, mildew resistant, and water repellant.
Wool is flame-resistant. Wool is by far the safest choice at home and in environments such as hotels, offices and commercial spaces to guard against the danger of fire. Wool is the only fiber that naturally resists flaming. Unlike many man-made fibers, which often melt and stick when on fire, wool smolders or chars instead of bursting into flame. Wool normally self-extinguishes when the flame source is removed.
Wool is mildew resistant. Not only is wool moving moisture out and away from you, but also while holding moisture within itself it will not mildew. This is an important quality since mold and mildew are considered one of the most detrimental irritants to the immune system. Wool naturally helps stabilize the relative humidity in buildings by absorbing or releasing moisture.
Wool is water repellent. While wool can absorb moisture, it repels liquids. The scales on the outside of the fiber cause liquid to roll off the surface of the wool. For instance if you accidentally spill water on a wool rug, the wool will not readily absorb the liquid. If you are caught in a shower of rain, it will take some time before the rain penetrates your wool clothing. Water repellent stains do not readily set into a wool carpet if they are attended to quickly.
Wool is naturally soil and stain resistant. Tufenkian does not bleach the wool or strip it of its lanolin. This allows our rugs to remain inherently soil and stain resistant. Lanolin is a natural soil and stain inhibitor that we covet and preserve by never compromising the basic character of the wool fibers by bleaching or stripping.
Wool is environmentally safe. Wool is Non-allergenic and has been proven hygienically safe in medically sensitive areas. Wool does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria and actually contributes to air purity in buildings by absorbing polluting gases. The natural flame-resistant quality of wool allows wool to meet the most stringent fire regulations. Walking safety is also assured by its non-slip and non-abrasive characteristics. As an additional bonus wool offers superior sound and heat insulating properties.
Silk in residential or low traffic settings
100% wool Shakti quality has achieved successful testing results making
it perfectly suitable for heavy use in residential settings. Silk is one of the strongest natural fibers and the silk we use in
our Tibetan carpets is stronger and more durable fiber than any low or
medium grade wool. Silk is not as elastic as wool nor is it as resistant
to soiling or staining when compared to high grade wool. In
addition to the durability of the yarn, the elasticity and the high
content of lanolin in the natural wool offer an easily maintained and
Silk in commercial or extra high traffic settings
Patterns that contain more than 15% silk and/or have significant and
solid areas of silk, will require regular maintenance and care
(vacuuming) in order to maintain consistent acceptable appearance.
Areas, other than sitting areas, whereby the rugs may be subjected to
excessive traffic as well as push carts, dollies, and such should be
better suited in all wool construction. Tufenkian cannot accept responsibility for any excessive
wear and tear on the carpets in such areas should the silk content
represent more than 15% of the overall content of the rug.