Ever wonder just how silk and wool are made? Here we explore where these fibers come from and how they end up in your precious rug.

Silk: Harvested from the cocoons of the silkworm, these fibers are some of the strongest and finest in nature. First cultivated in ancient China for centuries, after the secret behind silk was released to the rest of the world, silk manufacturing took off in Thailand, India, the ancient Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Medieval Europe.

Today, silk is produced internationally for a world market and is used in clothing, high fashion, rug and carpet making, upholstery, and bedding. Silk remains one of the most expensive fibers because of its quality and the long labor-intensive process involved in its production.

Wool: Traditionally coming from the fleece of sheep, wool also comes from goats (cashmere and mohair), alpacas, camels, and rabbits (angora). Differing from other animal hairs, wool is collected by either sheering the animal’s coat or waiting for the animal to molt.

Wool is an animal protein, and therefore, a good insulator for the winter months and keeping the cold out. It is also the most common material to use in carpet making across the world.

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