Wool hearth rugs are both decorative and functional. They are used to provide protection for the underlying floor from sparks and burning coals that may escape from your fireplace or wood stove. They are also used for decor as well as comfort when kneeling in front of the fireplace or wood stove during routine maintenance.
Wool is a natural fire retardant. It has a low rate of flame spread. This means that if that if you put a burning coal on your wool rug, the wool where the coal was placed would char. The char is insulating and self-extinguishing eliminating the further spread of fire. The charring results in less smoke and toxic gases that other flooring materials. It also will not melt or drip which could cause more problems for the underlying floor. Wool carpets have long been used where safety is a priority, such as trains and air crafts. Wool is also used in clothing for fire-fighters and others that have the threat of fire.
Water And Stain Resistance
Wool fibers are hydrophobic which means they repel water. If something is spilled on the rug, the spill will want to bede up and not soak in. If stains do occur, they can be cleaned with water and a natural product such as vinager.
A Rug Of Many Colors
Wool has the ability to readily accept dyes and retain the color. This makes for some beautifully colored rugs with some great patterns. You will find wool rugs in many styles and colors. There will not be a problem finding one to fit in with the color scheme of your room. They are also very decorative. There are Oriental hearth rugs, contemporary hearth rugs, standard braided hearth rugs and everything in between.