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One of the more regular questions we get is, do the wool rugs artisans list on shed? If so, how much? And finally, is there anything that can be made to reduce shedding? We've spent an immense amount of time investigating and examining different wool samples from over Morocco to obtain exact responses to these questions.
The initial thing to recognize is that most natural fiber rugs will drop, and 
all wool-based rugs will shed to any size. This is natural. Wool is an excellent fiber because it has a natural crimp, which allows the fibers to interlock with each other and restricts the frequency in which different tissues to be removed from the wool. The crimp and spinning methods with other natural fibers may raise or reduce the shedding of a rug, but the yarn is always a great choice.

When it attains to a wool rug, the most significant part to recognize is how the carpet was produced. Most inexpensive rugs are usually mass-produced using tufted machine systems where wool is knocked over latex support. Initially, these carpets may not shed. Still, as those rugs get more used (beginning at around a year or so), the latex starts to break, and the shedding will grow over time to every fiber of wool falls out. In exceptionally samples, a firm that manufactures machine-made rugs use quality tufted support from natural elements that will increase the life of the carpet immensely and reduce shedding. Over, such firms are rare and far between.

All of the rugs list on are made by hand, which guarantees that wool fibers are combined into the very composition of the rug itself and not just tufted. This considerably decreases the degree of shedding and completely diminish shedding over time. Furthermore, the wool fiber method is also produced by artisans from our cooperative. It guarantees that fiber examined, and the integrity of each thread is respected and delivered just the right to restrict shedding.

What You Require To Understand On Moroccan Wool

While viewing a handmade Moroccan rug, there are essential elements to consider when it arrives at shedding. The principal is that you need certainly to identify where the wool that was employed to make the rug arrived. If you're purchasing from brokers in Fez, Marrakech, or from a reseller on Etsy, this is critically significant because the sheep race, the area where the sheep live all have an impact on the quality of wool. Sheep in profound altitude zones (Marrakech), have insignificant crimp, a probability of containing kemp (hairs that can't be threaded into yarn), and feature a minimal fiber length. This is necessary because if the wool has the smallest crimp and or fiber length, it will shed regularly. And if kemp is present, the volume of shedding will force you to throw away the rug.

All rugs produced and traded in the Moroccan medinas (old cities) or by salesmen on Etsy, use fiber from regional markets. And badly, local market wool arrives from one of two sites. The first place is from tanneries. This is more of an issue if buying a rug in Morocco in a medina. Still, it is not unusual to have carpets made with wool chemically removed from the skins of dead sheep. Why? Because it is generally accessible in the cities and is often free. If you purchased a rug in Morocco and looked fine, but months after, it is shedding where the carpet is dropping apart; you apparently have lifeless sheep wool. We get an email regarding this about previously a month from someone who got a rug on their holiday, and it's so wrong to reveal the news to them.  

The next place, which favorably deals with live animals, are sheep from the fields of Marrakech, identified as Sardi sheep. This last one has large proportions of kemp, super low fiber length, and doesn't take colors very well. Often, Sardi wool is so weak, can't be regularly produced, mills in Marrakech will associate in cotton, and real plastics to make the wool fiber working. Because of all these infections and incorrect cleaning (and dye elements used in local dye markets), local wool is more apt to attract insects and larvae.

Marrakech wool we had collected at our office for examination converted contaminated with insects and larvae after a few months. The larvae totally neglected correctly washed wool we sourced and purified personally that was saved in the same area.

The cause why this wool is so often used in Morocco is because it's inexpensive, easy and is the only wool that exists on the exchange. When the sole reason is the price (and not even paying artisans an actual fee), there is no reason to change anything. It's so common that even brokers like Illuminate unknowingly promote it as the most excellent quality wool they source:

Most salesmen in Morocco and resellers on Etsy can't check where their elements really come from. This is a photo of kempy, poor quality Moroccan wool.


Anthropologie is another excellent illustration of just how pervasive this obstacle is. They operate with brokers in Marrakech, and consequently, so their Moroccan rugs not only miss to pay artisans well; they get inadequate evaluations for extensive shedding. No, the shedding won't ever stop.

Customers give accusations about shedding on Anthropologie Moroccan Rugs.



Wool Standards: Middle and High Atlas Wools

Luckily, there is mutton in Morocco that generate high-class wool that is equal or surpasses the quality of a universally known gold standard of New Zealand wool. These sheep survive throughout the Atlas Mountains in more top elevation areas. It is becoming more usual that people in the mountains hold a Sardi sheep or two in their own assembly and just associate in Sardi wool into their materials. Most co-ops that operate with middlemen buy market wool produced with inferior quality wool, and this is why you find inexpensive rugs on Etsy, eBay, and in Marrakech. This is why we've had to make out the entire stock personally as it's the unique way to secure the best quality wool for rugs that produces.

Currently, we've examined and built two supply chains of wool from the High Atlas and the Middle Atlas. High Atlas wool frequently arrives from sheep in higher altitudes, which produces a more considerable fiber length to the yarn, and reduces the amount and term of shedding. Moreover, co-ops in the High Atlas Mountains traditionally use 2 plies or double shaped yarn for their carpets. Pile knot carpets (Beni Ourain rugs) with double produced High Atlas wools really provide minimal to minor shedding that removes up after around a month after buying. Furthermore, these sorts of carpets conduce to hold firm, and their appearance does not transfer over the decades and can endure massive foot traffic.


The choice is Middle Atlas wool. With Middle Atlas wool, the fiber length is insignificantly shorter than High Atlas wool. Besides, weavers in the Middle Atlas manage to use 1 ply, single-threaded wool. With these two elements combined, carpets from the Middle Atlas point to shed a small more than rugs manufactured with High Atlas wools. Why then stay using Middle Atlas wool and not support groups always to use 2 ply High Atlas wool? First, because it is old and artisan masters from this area observed that this was worth preserving. Secondary, and more relevant to customers, is that single-threaded, Middle Atlas wools manage to sense into that famous vintage, unkempt rugs over time. The average shedding is a part of that method and can procure at least 3 months for shedding to remove. This appearance is significant to followers of the website as well and why we've preferred such wool.


Rug Support

 We push artisan groups to use the rug rake to remove any excess wool and accelerate the shedding method before we ship it. If a group doesn't, the artisan team will clean the rug at our High Quality as part of our quality control process, so the carpet comes with the smallest shedding. This won't stop shedding completely but will make owning a Moroccan wool rug a fabulous experience from day one.


After your rug comes, there is more stuff you can do. Prime is to guarantee that you brush it.

Cleaned rugs expect less injury to the wool fibers and in change results in less shedding. Next, we'd recommend buying a rug pad. This will help decrease any harm to the tissue, so cut fibers don't happen out throughout the rugs living. This is an extension of how a rug pad creates a carpet feel even more flexible. Lastly, we suggest getting a rug rake of your own and clean the rug once a week until the shedding ends. Even after the rug ends shedding, an occasional comb over with a rug rake can hold the rug cloth and check it from cover. 

Choosing the right rug with genuine materials, coupled with these proper brushing, will reduce undesired shedding and ensure that your rug survives your great-great-grandchildren. 



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