When you are looking for a design with a certain level of sophistication and panache you really can’t beat the look of wool. Because it doesn’t shine like manmade fibres it tends to absorb, rather than reflect the surrounding decor giving a room a feeling of quality. When handmade rugs are produced the pile is usually bulky and more luxurious than the machine made counterparts. the thicker pile gave the makers more scope to accentuate the elements of the design, the artisans will often do this by carving between colours that give the design an added dimension.
With machine made broadloom carpet we are familiar with the term 80% wool and 20% nylon, this is a blend of wool and nylon spun together to give extra durability. When we refer to a wool blend handmade rug it more often means that the fibre isn’t spun together as wool and synthetic yarn. It usually means some of the design elements are produced in a synthetic yarn, usually viscose, rayon or polyester to give the duller wool tones extra vibrancy. In some cases the brighter synthetic fibre can be randomly tufted into the rug giving the pile surface a salt and pepper (dull and bright) texture. Wool blend rugs have excellent wearability and can give a mundane pattern sharp crisp lines with vibrant tones.