Not Your Pottery Barn / Crate & Barrel Sisal Rug

One of our goals at Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is to offer items that you will not see everywhere. And certainly not in stores such as Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn or Williams & Sonoma Home.   In order to do this, we work with lots of different suppliers.  This is especially true in the fabrication of our sisal and natural fiber area rugs.  We have eight different sources for sisal, jute, abaca, seagrass and natural fiber blends.  Some of the fibers here offer a blend of sisal, jute and polypropelyne.  You may also notice, that we found the same source for sisal as those offered in the Lauren Ralph Lauren collection.  The difference is that the rugs designed by Ralph Lauren are offered in standard sizes and are “self” bordered.  With  this collection, we can offer both custom sizes and custom fabricated border treatments.

If you like leather, our showroom offers well over 100’s different leather border options including textured, embossed, smooth, distressed and more.  Our color pallet is beyond compare.  In addition, we also offer Sunbrella fabric, cotton, linen, suede, animal print, printed fabric, tapestry and jute bindings.




Wool Carpet Fibers Assist With BP Gulf Oil Spill

The Gulf oil spill, which was triggered by the explosion of the Deepwater oilrig on April 20, has become the biggest environmental disaster ever experienced in the U.S. The devastation has impacted lives, jobs, marine life, wildlife, tourism and the health, financial and emotional wellbeing of many. At this point, the reach of the catastrophe is uncertain, but some leading scientists believe the damaging effects will be felt all the way to Europe and the Arctic. Those of us living outside of the Gulf keep reading the headlines and listening to the news with a feeling of helplessness. Although no news about the oil spill is good, the wool industry is finding ways to lend a hand and help in the clean efforts.

You may have heard that many salons are donating cut hair to help fill booms. Well…another sought after filler for booms is wool. Wool, which has been shown to soak up 40 times its weight in oil, traps the contaminant instead of absorbing it. This means the oil can be removed from the wool and recycled and the wool can be reused several times before its efficiency decreases.
To aid in the oil-spill cleanup, volunteers throughout the Gulf have been making miles and miles of booms. These booms are typically filled with polypropylene, which doesn’t work near as well as hair and wool. To help provide better filler, Wools of New Zealand contacted its U.S. manufacturer partners who answered the call to donate wool waste for use in the clean-up efforts. The wool waste material is shipped to Matter of Trust, an organization that warehouses the fiber and makes it into booms. The wool is joined by thousands of pounds of hair, fleece and feathers that will be turned into booms and used for shoreline protection and oil spill clean up.

Wool has been called on before for this same purpose. As reported by BBC News, New Zealand sent wool booms to the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war in 1991. The wool booms successfully helped clean up the million tons of oil released by retreating Iraqi soldiers.

It’s not surprising that wool can be of benefit. It is natural, biodegradable, hydrophobic, buoyant and has large retaining capacity. Wool truly is an incredible fiber. Even though it has been around for thousands of years, it continues to surprise us with its ability to make the world around us a better place.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is proud to be associated with the Wools of New Zealand as a Premier Partner. Many of our wool carpet vendors have partnered with our showroom and the Wools of New Zealand in an effort to make the world a “greener” place. Some of our key wool carpet manufactures include Karastan, Fabrica, Masland, Nourison, Stanton, J. Mish, Robertex, Hagaman, Couristan, Bellbridge, Concepts International, Prestige Mills, Carousel, Woolshire, Unique Carpets and more.

As you can see from the impressive list above, Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets offers a huge selection of natural fiber products including wool, sisal, abaca, seagrass, mountain grass and jute.

Please continue to browse our informative blog and website. Better yet, come into our showroom. We are open to both the Trade and Public.

Wool For A Better World

It only takes one trip to Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets to notice the vast range of colors, patterns and textures available in carpets. But the choices don’t end there; fiber is another important consideration. Carpets can be made from a number of different fibers, including nylon, acrylic, and polypropylene or a blend of two or more fibers. However, it is wool that sets the standard. Why? Because wool looks beautiful, feels incredible and ages gracefully while boasting superior performance and easy care properties.

Wool has been a part of human life for more than 12,000 years. Originally used to protect the body from heat and freezing temperatures, wool has played an important role in man’s battle against the elements. Its overall superiority stems from the complexity of its fiber, developed by evolution to protect sheep in all types of climatic conditions.

The same properties that make wool uniquely superior in clothing and blankets also make it the ultimate carpet fiber. Wool’s natural crimp gives carpets built-in resilience to crushing so they look good longer, while wool’s natural resistance to dirt and soiling makes for exceptionally easy maintenance. Wool is also naturally flame retardant and has excellent sound and heat insulating properties. As such, you will find wool carpets hard at work in residential as well as demanding commercial environments, such as hotels, restaurants, and transit systems where the volume of pedestrian traffic is punishing.

Aside from its many performance benefits, wool has incredible aesthetic appeal.

Wool manufacturers are some of the world’s most creative artisans, weaving and tufting the fiber into a wide array of captivating textures and patterns, including velvety cut-piles, friezes, boucles, shags, textured loops and Wiltons. Strikingly rich, saturated colors are another hallmark of wool. Its affinity for color makes it possible to create carpets and rugs in every shade imaginable.

Many people choose a neutral shade of carpet because it allows for greater flexibility, and also lends itself to layering by adding an accent or contrasting rug. However, saturated shades provide tremendous creative freedom. Dynamic colors create stunning effects and help to define areas of the home with exhilarating style. Wool carpets in exotic colors, like those featured above from Unique Carpets’ Couture Collection, can inspire one’s total interior design concept.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets offers wool from a variety of special manufacturers including: Nourison, Stanton, Masland, Fabrica, Unique Carpets, Bellbridge, Prestige Mills, Concepts International, Karastan, Couristan, Carousel, Robertex, Radici, Woolshire, Godfrey Hirst, Design Materials, J. Mish, Hibernia Woolen Mills, Kane, Fibreworks, Hagaman and more. Our selection of wool is the most extensive in Orange County.

Our showroom is open to both the trade and public.

Hemphill’s Rugs & Carpets is a Wools of New Zealand Premier Partner.