There are those who wish to be as environmentally benign as possible. We do have an assortment of products for those folks. They are Sierra Naturals, Cascade Naturals, Softer Than Sisal Naturals, Four Seasons, and Stratford. These products use no chemical dyes; their colors are created by blending the natural colors that exist in wool. Hence, no powder blue.
But those who want powder blue often ask why natural dyes are no longer used to create color. Well over one hundred years ago, synthetic dyes came into being due to population growth and the need to use irrigable land for other uses than to grow indigo, saffron, madder, and woad (woad? Like wocky woad?) strictly for use as dyes. Dyes used to dye wool are all well established acid dyes and if your customers have furniture, curtains, upholstered automobiles, and clothes, they regularly come into contact with this stuff. Additionally, natural dyes generally have poor lightfastness properties and require heavy metal mordants (to help natural dyes affix to the fiber) so they really aren’t necessarily an environmental improvement. By comparison, acid dyes have no toxicity concerns and are not hazardous to the environment since exhaustion of the dyes onto wool is almost 100% so there are only minimal traces of dyes in the outflow. Read this again, it may be on the final exam.
HEMPHILL’S RUGS & CARPETS IS A RECOGNIZED PREMIER PARTNER SHOWROOM BY THE WOOLS OF NEW ZEALAND
Our showroom offers wool carpet and area rugs from: Unique Carpets, Masland, Woolshire, Fabrica, Hibernia, Godfrey Hirst, Hycraft, Couristan, Karastan, Bellbridge, Radici, Nourison, Luxelooms, Prestige Mills, Rodeo, Antrim, Cavan, Weave Tuft, Missoni, Concepts International, Rugs International, Obeetee, Hagaman, Design Materials, Fibreworks, Robertex, Stanton, Royal Dutch and more.