living area with wool carpet from karastan, all about wall to wall carpeting
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Material: Wool

Soft and naturally crush-, stain-, and fire-resistant—no chemicals necessary—wool (about $6-$20 per sq. ft.) is exceptionally durable. To save money, consider a wool-synthetic blend, which is on par with high-end nylon in terms of cost and performance and won't shed endlessly the way cheaper wool, woven from shorter fibers, can. Bottom line: A great all-around, though expensive, option.

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