This is our Bremworth Wool Carpet review written 3 years after installation. It discusses how well it has fared and worn over those years.
We love real wool carpet under our feet, and Bremworth Wool Carpet is the brand we often go with when specifying wool carpet. Bremworth have a great range of carpet styles and colours as part of their carpet collections. About three years ago we selected a Bremworth Carpet for a new Architecturally designed home. This is our Bremworth wool carpet review 3 years later to see how well it has fared. Our Bremworth carpet review discusses what to look out for when getting wool carpet installed, and details elegant floor surface transitions and edges. Also it discusses how the carpet has worn after 3 years of use.
Bremworth may sound like a new and unknown brand to some people. However they were previously called Cavalier Bremworth, which was a well known carpet brand that has been operating in New Zealand for decades. All they did was remove the word Cavalier from their name, shortening it to just Bremworth. You can view Bremworths full wool carpet collection at bremworth.co.nz
From Bremworths carpet collection, we selected the Levante style. The Levante is a hard-wearing loop pile carpet with a honeycomb patterning. It is made in New Zealand from 100% New Zealand wool. The colour we selected was Felucca, which was a grey colour. The colour complemented the American White Oak floor boards and Grey tiles that had also been selected. The photos on this page are of the Levante Felucca carpet we selected and had installed. So you should be able to get a good idea how it looks when it is installed.
Unfortunately there were a number of issues with the installation of the Bremworth Levante wool carpet. One problem we encountered is that some carpet layers these days are used to mainly installing synthetic carpets, and they don't seem to install very many wool carpets. Synthetic carpets seem to be more flexible and have a softer backing substrate making them easier to install. Unfortunately the carpet layers that we used were not experienced laying wool carpets, which initially resulted in a poor installation. The carpet layers commented that they found it very difficult to lay compared to other carpets, and it was taking them a lot longer to do.
One of the issues was the joins, and getting these to lay flat and straight. Especially in areas where there were transitions with floorboards and tiles. Also the Levante honeycomb loop pattern has parallel lines across it. This meant that the carpet layers had to make sure that they stretched it evenly, so the lines in the carpet aligned with the walls. They had difficulty getting the carpet stretched evenly, so that lines at the edge of the carpet was parallel with the skirting boards. In many places the lines were wavy and curved due to uneven stretching along it's length. This was perhaps one of the downsides with selecting this style, as it wouldn't have been an issue with many of their other styles that don't have a line pattern, or if it was a cut pile.
In the end the carpet company needed to get their expert carpet laying team to come out and remediate the installation. So making sure that the carpet layers are experienced with laying wool carpets is essential. Don't be afraid to ask to see some of their previous carpet installations with the carpet you selected. Buying carpet is a big expense and you will have it in your home for many years. So you want to make sure you are happy with the carpet you have selected and it's installation.
The transitions between different flooring coverings is usually very important for home owners. You want to make sure the transition and surfaces are level, and that it is a clean and tidy transition. Often people will have metal transition strips installed. However on this project these were not used, which gives a more seamless and clean look. We have included on this page some examples of the carpet transitions used between carpet and timber flooring, and carpet and tile flooring. In order to achieve this, the tiles and the wooden floor need to be similar thicknesses to the combined carpet and underlay thickness.
The house this carpet was installed in has two levels. The downstairs used Dunlop Premium underlay / carpet cushion under the carpet. However the upstairs used a natural wool underlay which was made from recycled carpet, and was made by Cavalier Bremworth at the time. It was initially firmer to walk on than the Dunlop underlay. However after 3 years there is now no noticeable difference in terms of softness.
How does the carpet look after being installed over 3 years ago? Our Bremworth Wool Carpet Review Conclusion
In areas that experience higher foot traffic, the pile is slightly flatter in appearance. But you really only notice it if you look closely at it. You can perhaps see this in some of the floor transition photos which are in higher traffic areas. But there is minimal wear or tracking in higher pedestrian areas. There is also no noticeable colour changes to the carpet, even in high traffic areas.
Over the years there have been a number of minor accidents on the carpet as the owners own cats. However these have all cleaned up without any resulting stains by using Bremworths Carpet stain remover. Being a lighter carpet the owners were concerned that it maybe more prone to staining, but so far this has not been the case for them. They would buy this carpet again.
Please note that we did not get paid in anyway to write this Bremworth Wool Carpet review. It is a genuine review based on our own experiences. All photos are of the project and are owned by us.