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Unique Perspective May, 2020

Unique Perspectives
May, 2020

Are we there yet?
Well who would have thought we would still all be here? Now that we're all spending more time on social media I've noticed a lot of good and funny stuff out there. I've also noticed a lot more social media by our customers, including US! So, since we are all going to be home for a bit longer please follow us on Instagram @uniquecarpets or Facebook.
Now that our social media is done how about we drop some more product knowledge. Today's topic is a wool fiber performance comparison to nylon and polyester. What will it take for us to convince you that even though we don't have all the money that the big plastic fiber mills do, we do have a 35 year old company that partners with all of you to be the best. If we make a nylon, you can count that it is built to perform. From our tighter twists, to our best in the business backing. When we are finally able to get back to business, we will have inventory to support your better goods sales. From our entry level wools to our super textured heavy wools, and every one of our nylon carpets. We build carpet the way it is supposed to be, to perform. Now don't forget Mothers Day! While we may not be together we here at Unique Carpets just want to wish all our moms and yours a HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 
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Cambridge - 1549
Homestead - 4429
White Sands - 4110

Carpet Resilience and Wear

A carpet's ability to spring back after compression is its resilience. Resilience is the ability to return or 'spring back' to the original form or position after being bent, compressed or stressed and is used as a measure of the elastic properties of a material. This elastic or stretch behavior is a key performance criterion for many materials such as interior textiles, industrial textiles, technical textiles and apparel. Resilience has a huge influence on carpet walking comfort and performance. A carpet that has elastic properties feels soft, comfortable and supportive underfoot. Resilience can be related to two important performance criteria in a textile system (fiber) the first one is user comfort and the second is extensibility or HOW carpet will wear in its performance.
Extensibility and resultant recovery over and over are important in the longevity performance of carpet and is a key factor in determining how the carpet will wear and perform over time. The ability for a carpet system to be flexed or extended repeatedly and then to return to its original position
or shape is the most important factor of carpet appearance over time. Wool has ratings for exceptionally good stretch and extensibility properties which can be related to the internal spring-like structure of wool. In proteins such as wool, about 20 different amino acids are combined, giving an enormous amount of variation in the order in which they are placed to form the protein chain. The protein is composed of a backbone of amino acids linked together and around this backbone are side chains of amino acids. The backbone is twisted into a helical path called an alpha helix which is the basic structure of wool. The ability of wool to stretch can be related to this spring-like behavior of the alpha helix. The hydrogen bond which link consecutive turns of the helix are broken under tension, thus enabling the coils to stretch more readily. The natural resilience of wool, which enables the fibers to readily return to their original shape, mostly arises from the strong, covalent bonds. These give some rigidity to the structure and help it to resist stretching. This translates into an important physical property of the wool fiber in its ability to be extended by more than 30% of its length without breaking and in turn, can recover from extensions of approximately 20%.
There are several man-made synthetic fibers on the market that offer a range of particularly good technical properties such as strength, durability and abrasion resistance in comparison to wool fiber. For example, a nylon fiber is stronger than a wool fiber of similar thickness, in that it requires a higher stress to break it whether it is wet or dry. However, nylon carpet is  NOT CAPABLE of stretching as far as wool without breaking, and it breaks at only around 10% of extension.  THIS IS WHAT WEAR ACTUALLY IS!  Similarly, polyester fiber also demonstrates  MUCH REDUCED extension properties than a wool fiber.

Your Newest Wool Style - Littleton

LITTLETON, with its sleek, low profile construction of 100% Pure New Wool and a contemporary color selection of four colors, LITTLETON is ideal for use in virtually any setting. LITTLETON is a concise, loop-pile texture that offers understated beauty and unsurpassed performance.



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