Live Sustainably in Style with Wool

Let’s face it: everything you use and produce affects in environment in some way. Sustainability often comes into conflict with our purchases, forcing us to choose between comfort and environmental responsibility. The race is on to find options that meet both criteria, but one of the most sustainable, highest-performing materials is also one of the oldest: wool.

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So what does it mean for a textile to be sustainable?

First, we have to look at the cost of extracting the raw materials. The environmental sacrifice of water and land to raise sheep for wool harvesting is far lower than that of extracting fossil fuels to create synthetic fibers.

Next up is textile production, which primarily measures the water and energy used for manufacturing. Because wool is spun from naturally-occurring, rapidly renewable fibers, it requires far less in the way of production than its synthetic counterparts.

Wool also wins out in terms of added chemistry—namely because it needs very little. Where some other fabrics contain harmful added chemical finishes and coatings with potentially carcinogenic properties, wool can rely on its natural flame-and-water-repellent properties to achieve the same effects without the environmental damage.

Finally, wool boasts the ultimate advantage: it is biodegradable. At the end of its life cycle, wool recycles naturally back into the earth. In contrast, many synthetic fibers are only recyclable indefinitely —and some not at all.

What makes wool a high-performance fabric?

The other side of the equation is performance: we want a material that meets high sustainability standards without compromising quality. Wool comes through on this front as well.

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A highly durable “miracle fabric,” wool lasts for generations without significant wear, meaning your grandchildren could display the same rug in their home that you have under your feet right now.

And did we mention it’s beautiful?

Renew, Rejuvenate, Redo!

Dover Rug & Home is always exploring the newest products and services available so we can provide more possibilities for our customers and their homes. Rugs have the power to alter a room completely and bring life and color to one that was once drab and out of date. They can also lift your spirit and rejuvenate your house by transforming an old room into your favorite room.

The past several months are peak “buying” times for our industry and we had the privilege of attending trade shows all over the world to see firsthand the newest trends in rugs and floor coverings. From Atlanta to Las Vegas, from South Asia to Europe, the rugs and carpets available this coming season are exquisite! They are modern, uplifting and they artistically combine textures and materials in unexpected ways. There is no better way to ward off winter blues than by giving the interior of your home a face-lift, starting with rugs and carpets!

We are thrilled to bring these products back to our showrooms in Natick and Boston. We realize not everyone’s taste is the same so we feature styles from a variety of cultures and from talented artists who combine textures and materials in unparalleled, intricate patterns. A few highlights of the new rugs we have in stock are:

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Slate gray, blue and taupe riff on the transitional style, 100% wool hand knotted carpet. Made in India.

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Dark gray contemporary pattern at home in a modern or traditional setting, wool and silk blend carpet. Made in India.

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Designed in a modernized style, variegated earth toned wool and silk blend carpet. Made in Nepal.

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Pale gold and ivory wool and silk blend rug, fashion forward inspired by the classic designs of the past. Made in Nepal.

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Taupe colorways wool and silk blend designed with contemporary flair. Made in Nepal.

We invite you to experience what’s new and exciting in the world of rugs by stopping by one of our showrooms. We look forward to your visit!