Why wool absorbs sound

Wool fibres absorb more sound waves than many other fibres. Wool’s natural crimp traps air, meaning interior textiles made from wool create a quieter, more peaceful place for any private or public space.

Sound Control

Wool is one of the most effective acoustic building materials possible. Its natural crimp traps air, which provides optimal sound insulation. Wool carpets, for example, help eliminate walking sounds and reduce up to 80% sound emission from other noises.

Prior to the rise of synthetic materials during World War 2, wool was often found in public spaces such as theatres. Today, interior designers and architects are returning the to the natural fibre and creating innovative and unique uses of wool as an interior textile.

Overexposure to noise can have a negative effect on our health and wellbeing. Sound-absorbing surfaces, such as carpets, curtains and wall coverings can diminish the problem significantly.

Whilst total sound-proofing is not technically feasible in a domestic setting, the use of absorbent textiles such as wool carpets will help create a quiet indoor environment, absorbing sounds and reducing any impact noise created by footsteps, items dropped on the floor and furniture movement.

Sound is an interesting challenge for any venue, with wool carpets absorbing sound waves much better than hard surface materials such as wooden floorboards, which act as a sound reflector and intensify the level of noise in a room. The challenge is then to decide which type of wool carpet to lay.

Wool and wool-rich carpets and other floor coverings create a quiet indoor environment, absorbing sounds and reducing any impact noise created by footsteps, items dropped on the floor and furniture movement. In multi-storey buildings, wool carpet provides superior sound insulation for those below.

Wool wall hangings not only add colour and depth to any room, but also contribute to noise control, just like wool floor carpets.

Download The Woolmark Company’s Living with Wool brochure to discover more about wool interior textiles.