Wool provides many benefits and solutions to the commercial designer for public spaces whether it is an office, hotel, train or plane.
Hardwearing and Resilient
Wool provides a highly practical solution in commercial locations. Durable wool floor coverings produced to commercial quality will withstand high levels of foot and wheeled traffic in places such as airports and hotels while still retaining pile and good appearance.
Wool is flame retardant - to 600 degrees - without any additional treatments, wool provides a naturally high level of safety in large, busy and multiple occupancy spaces. Wool does not melt, drip or emit fumes – the major cause of death in fire and also the major issue for restricting access by fire officers during incidents.
Wool is a soft and slip-free covering for public buildings where the risk of injury from such incidents needs to be limited.
Sound Insulation Properties
Wool is a natural acoustic insulator and can limit the spread of sound – it is used by transportation designers for its ability to reduce impact noise. In apartments and multi-level buildings, it can improve visitor and user experience as it can help reduce sound reverberation and the transmission of noise from one level to another and one room to another.
Wool does not create static charge and is perfect for inhibiting the spread of static.
Wool is grown and not manmade and is known to use less energy during its production than manmade fibres. It will maintain its appearance longer and provides a greater lifetime of use so wool will need replacing less often.
Energy Efficient Cost Savings
Wool carpets, insulation and curtains will help to reduce costs in commercial spaces. By helping reduce heat transfer through floors, walls and windows, woollens can contribute to energy, financial and carbon savings arising within the building fabric.
There are extensive choices available both in off the shelf commercial ranges and bespoke designs in all woollen interior textiles so the choices are limitless. Quality designs in both flooring and upholstery are often used to define pathways and create rooms without walls in large scale space.