Wool Is Sheep’s Clothing…

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…and happily, for humans, that clothing can be “sheared” and “shared” (with no harm to the sheep!)  Wool is one of the earth’s most versatile fibers and so complex that modern science has not been able to duplicate or synthesize it.

But have you ever wondered why things labeled “wool” can feel and wear so differently?  Types of wool vary according to breed and climate.  And the absolute best wool for quality rugs and carpets comes from the fleece of sheep that live and graze in one of the most extreme climates in the wold.  High in the mountains of Tibet at 14,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level, the sheep have evolved a highly efficient covering.  The story of an Odegard rug starts with this unique fiber.  The end result is an amazing work of art which can last for generations and can also benefit entire communities.

But let’s look at this story from another angle.  What is the price of quality?  When faced with the choice between rugs which, at first glance, may look very similar — Buyer Beware — all rugs are not created equally!  And some rug production is actually harmful to people and to the earth … but more about that later.

A higher price may be one reflection of quality,  But while shortcuts during manufacturing can produce a lower price, most often true quality and sustainability are compromised.  So before you place a rug in your home, take some time to think about not only the look and design, but also your investment and what type of manufacturing your purchase is supporting.

At SR Hughes, we are proud to represent Odegard for what we think are all of the right reasons.  In the next installment of this blog, we will look at the life of an Odegard rug.  From the wool to the weave, we will see what sets it apart from one of lesser quality.  And a bonus … Odegard furnishings are eco-friendly and people-friendly!

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