The truth is, not all wool carpets and rugs are created equal. As wonderful as wool is, it is just the beginning of the carpet-making process. The difference lies in the manufacturing. Most companies use commissioned spinners, dyers and even tufters to help create their products. Not Karastan. Karastan is the only company in the US to control every step of the manufacturing process, so you can feel confident in your flooring purchase.
Karastan chooses to use New Zealand wool over other wool types because it offers superior advantages. It is the purest, whitest wool in the world, offering excellent dyeing characteristics that create long-lasting colors. It is raised with little impact on the natural landscape. It is a renewable and biodegradable fiber that is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly products. New Zealand wool is produced on land mostly unsuitable for other agricultural purposes and does not compete with food production. No internationally banned pesticides are used on New Zealand farms, making New Zealand’s sheep industry one of the world’s greenest animal production systems.
In addition to New Zealand wool being the highest quality with minimal impact on the environment, it is also friendly to you. There is no reason why asthmatic and allergy sensitive people cannot enjoy the comfort and beauty of Karastan wool carpets and rugs. Wool fibers are too long and too coarse to be inhaled and therefore do not affect asthma sufferers. It is a non-allergenic fiber and does not promote the growth of bacteria or dust mites, or give off harmful emissions. Dust mites live mainly in beds and upholstery, which have the right conditions of temperature and humidity; carpets are too cold, too dry, and too exposed to light. Wool contributes to indoor air purity because it absorbs air pollutants and gases faster and better than nylon. Cumulative evidence strongly suggests that carpets have a beneficial effect on people’s health, provided they are maintained regularly and properly.