Palm Springs interior design professional Mark Nichols frequently incorporates natural fiber rugs in his design process, using eco-friendly materials wherever possible to create a long-lasting positive impact on the environment.
Synthetic rug materials such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and polypropylene are petroleum based, meaning that once discarded, they do not degrade efficiently. Palm Springs interior design customers increasingly value environmental awareness during the design process. Natural fibers include wool, sisal, hemp, seagrass, coir, jute, silk, and flax, and they are much more eco-friendly than their synthetic counterparts. Synthetic fabrics have the advantage of durability and strength, and many are resistant to water, stains, and fading. However, natural fibers such as wool feel more comfortable, and wool, in particular, is a strong and durable material that resists water and fire, and it also has both heat and sound insulation properties.
If cost is a factor, synthetic fiber rugs are cheaper to produce than natural fiber rugs. However, customers with allergies may find that natural fiber rugs contain fewer chemicals and repel dust, alleviating some allergy symptoms. Sisal is a particularly effective dust and dust mite repellent, and it is more affordable than wool.