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Synthetic fibres

Polyacrylic, polyester, polypropylen and viscose

Synthetic fibres have become increasingly important in the textile industry in recent decades. Although natural fibres such as wool or cotton are currently experiencing a renaissance, modern technology has made it possible to produce high-quality rugs using synthetic fibres. Synthetic fibres have some advantages over natural fibres.

In general, they are more resistant and easier to care for than a wool rug or other rugs made of natural materials. Also, rugs made of synthetic fibres, such as outdoor rugs, are more likely to be used outdoors and in wet rooms than natural fibre rugs. In our shop, you will find a wide range of attractive, beautiful rugs made of high-quality synthetic fibres, many of which have been awarded the ÖkoTex seal for non-toxic textiles..

Viscose rug

Rugs made of Viscose

Although viscose is referred to as rayon, technically, it is not a pure synthetic fibre. It is obtained from the natural cellulose fibres of various types of wood, such as spruce, beech or eucalyptus or from banana fibres. Since this is done in a chemical process in which the pulp is processed into a viscious mass by means of caustic soda and carbon disulfide, viscose is regarded as a plastic. The name viscose is derived from the adjective "viscous", which means thick or gluey.

Properties of viscose

Viscose has a high degree of absorbency and is therefore perfect for dyeing or printing. It has similar properties to cotton, but is suitable for finer processing. Since viscose fibres have a certain shine, they are often used as a cost-effective silk substitute. This shine makes the colours of viscose rugs appear particularly bright in certain lighting.

However, viscose is not quite as hard-wearing as pure silk and viscose fibre has less elasticity and thermo-regulating properties compared to cotton. As viscose is extracted from natural products, it is becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable raw material. Also, for those who suffer from animal allergies, a viscose rug is a good alternative to a rug made of wool fibres.

Polypropylene Rugs

Polypropylene Rugs

Polypropylene is synthesized from propene with the use of catalysts. The chemical components of propene, the methyl groups, have a decisive influence on its properties, depending on the arrangement in the long-chain propylene molecule. In textile processing, these methyl groups are in a so-called isotactic arrangement, which results in a semi-crystalline structure of the polypropylene. In the textile industry, the functional yarn polycon, which is produced as a mixed yarn of polypropylene and other fibres, or as pure polypropylene yarn, is primarily used.

Properties of polypropylene

Polycon fibres have a very low density and are therefore the lightest fibres commercially available. Furthermore, polycon fabrics have a very high surface tension. As a result, water and sweat are passed very quickly, which is an especially useful property for sportswear. In addition, polycon fibre fabrics are very hard-wearing, abrasion-resistant and long-lasting. This is why polycon fibre fabrics have a high level of sound and heat insulation.

This special fibre is therefore ideal for use in rugs. In addition, polypropylene is odourless, skin-friendly and resistant to most acids, alkalis and organic solvents. It is also the reason why polycon fibre is becoming increasingly popular and is used in all rugs, from short and high-pile rugs to designer and children's rugs.

  • Polyester
  • Polyacrylic

Synthetic fibres are now firmly established in the textile and rug industry. Their advantages as easy-care and hard-wearing materials are particularly obvious for rugs, which are heavily used in everyday life. Even bath mats are usually made of synthetic fibres, as they must withstand the damp room climate of the bathroom.

Thanks to modern manufacturing methods, it is now possible to make high-quality and visually appealing rugs from synthetic fibres, which defy even extreme conditions and can therefore be enjoyed for longer. You will also find tips for cleaning rugs made of synthetic fibres in our care instructions and in our article Removing Stains.

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