Is wool carpet worth the money?

It’s for the hall, stairs and landing so it needs to be durable and I’d prefer carpet that will last as long as possible. I’m not the type who decorates regularly and I really hate the disruption and mess so I’m willing to pay a bit more for longevity. Will wool last the longest? Will moths eat it? 
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  • Emmia
    Emmia Posts: 2,938
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    edited 3 January at 8:31PM
    Moths will eat it! We have wool carpet in two rooms, and there is evidence of moth damage, particularly in one room at the edge of the carpet (we've now mostly eliminated the moths with sticky traps, and a killing spray on the carpet in the affected areas)
  • daveyjp
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    Always had wool carpets, never had any issue with moths and if you spend the money a good 80:20 wool carpet will last decades.
  • ka7e
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    I have wool blend carpet on my stairs and landing and it was advertised as being moth-resistant. It was a fair bit cheaper than all-wool, which can also be treated to repel moths. I have used the sticky traps in the past as we inadvertently brought a mothy rug into the house, but luckily have suffered no damage.
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  • greyteam1959
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    edited 3 January at 9:04PM
    I had wool carpets down for around 30 years.
    Cost around £45 per sq yard even then.
    Replaced with expensive man made fibre carpet.
    Worst thing I ever did.
    Never ever had trouble with moths.

  • koalakoala
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    I’ve had wool carpets all my life, love them, and never had a problem with moths, or know anyone who has
  • twopenny
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    The benefit with wool is that dirt hovers of it more than synthetic fibres.
    It's easier to bring the pile up and it stays up longer for your efforts. Tends not to be trodden down so much.
    These tips I got from someone who'd worked with them all his life.
    Never had moth. I did have an Axminster carpet that was 80yrs old before I think it may have had carpet beetles in a couple of spots but I put dried lavender under it and had no more trouble.

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  • Cloth_of_Gold
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    We've always had wool carpets. They have been very hard wearing but we have had some damage from moths, but fortunately under a sofa so not normally visible.
  • ripplyuk
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    I had wool carpets down for around 30 years.
    Cost around £45 per sq yard even then.
    Replaced with expensive man made fibre carpet.
    Worst thing I ever did.
    Never ever had trouble with moths.

    @greyteam1959 What did you dislike about the man-made carpet compared to the wool? 
  • horsewithnoname
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    I have wool carpet on my stairs (all over my home in fact)   
    It has lasted vey well for 20 years and is getting a bit threadbare in on place at the top of the stairs where I tend to hold onto it because of balance issues. Otherwise it’s still fantastic. 
  • greyteam1959
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    ripplyuk said:
    I had wool carpets down for around 30 years.
    Cost around £45 per sq yard even then.
    Replaced with expensive man made fibre carpet.
    Worst thing I ever did.
    Never ever had trouble with moths.

    @greyteam1959 What did you dislike about the man-made carpet compared to the wool? 
    The man made fibre seems to mat very badly where you walk a lot. The pile seems to compress & even when you give a good vaccuming it does not rise back.
    If you drop a hot coal on it is marked forever.
    The wool carpets would just need a good rub & the scorch mark would disappear.
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