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Rugs can be made of many materials, most of them natural and some hypoallergenic synthetic ones. Our favourite is wool for many reasons. Not only has it been used for millennia by humans to create thread, insulation and fabric, but it is also great to work with when making rugs.

Below, we have put a handy guide on why choose wool and by the end of it, we hope you can see why we like it so much.

It is easy to maintain

A rug with a wool pile has a natural protective layer provided by the natural oils in the sheet fleece which prevents dirt from sticking to the fibre and makes it easily removable.

All year round comfort

A wool rug insulates cold floors in winter, increasing the feeling of warmth. In summer, it naturally absorbs excess moisture from the air lowering the humidity in your home.

Excellent sound absorber

The peace and quiet of your home is particularly precious. Wool rugs are excellent at absorbing sound and prevent it from travelling to the rooms below.

Renewable raw material

Wool rugs are woven using the highest quality yarns, produced from the fleece of sheep which re-grown in 12 to 16 weeks. This does not harm the sheep, it is like getting a haircut and in fact it is necessary to keep the sheep comfortable and mobile. Shearing is usually performed twice a year.

Naturally hypoallergenic

The surface of the wool fleece traps dust and other impurities which keeps them from spreading in the air, this makes wool naturally hypoallergenic and a great solution for people with asthma or allergies.


Wool fibre is 100% biodegradable and fully renewable making a wool rug a more eco-friendly option.

Air purification

Positive air ions are created by electrical equipment inside our homes, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that these have a negative effect on our health. As a natural material wool creates negative ions which help to neutralise the air.

An investment for years

Using the highest quality yarns and expert craft and manufacturing you can be sure that a wool rug will stand the test of time.

Naturally flame retardant

Owing to the natural properties of the fibre, wool rugs are flame retardant. In case of a fire, wool does not transmit the flame and does not melt.

The Ocean Rugs team count with the expertise of craftsmen and women, with at least third generation knowledge on wool and rugs, to help us make your bespoke vision a reality.

You will be able to place your trust in us as we make the process an enjoyable and creative one for all our customers.

Our manufacturers use New Zealand wool, British wool, Kurk wool or exclusively Shetland Island Real Shetland Wool. All our rugs come with guarantee and a certification of origin.

Should you wish to order a Real Shetland Wool bespoke rug, please get it touch with our team by clicking the link below.

Bespoke Orders

Ocean Rugs is involved in fair trade of raw materials and we ensure that our manufacturing team offer local farmers a fair price for their wool. We strongly believe that fairer market benefits us all. The Real Shetland wool rugs we offer are fully traceable ‘from product to pasture’.

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