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The flokati, or flokati carpet, is a carpet from the Pintos Mountains (Greece) that is traditionally made by hand from new wool. If you are looking for a fluffy carpet, you will love a flokati!

With our Flokati Test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect Flokati carpet for you. We also explain what is important when using a flokati rug and show you the advantages and disadvantages of the most popular flokatis.




Summary

  • The flokati, or flokati carpet, is a carpet from the Pintos Mountains (Greece) that is traditionally made of new wool. Accordingly, it is wool-white. Nevertheless, it is available in a wide range of colours.
  • Caution is advised: many sellers also call faux fur carpets 'flokati' or describe it as 'in flokati look' or 'faux flokati'. These rugs are usually made of 100% polypropylene, so you should read the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
  • Since flokatis are made of wool, they have a high self-cleaning capacity. Nevertheless, a flokati should be cared for properly so that you can enjoy it for a long time.

The Best Flokati: Our Picks

Flokati: buying and evaluation criteria

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible flokatis. The criteria you can use to compare the flokati carpets with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Material

A real flokati is made of 100% pure new wool. You should read the manufacturer's specifications very carefully, because many sellers also call artificial fur rugs 'flokati' or use descriptions such as 'in flokati look' or 'faux flokati'. These are 100% polypropylene (polyester).

One of the highest quality types of wool comes from New Zealand and Australia, so you should also pay attention to the country of origin of your wool. In addition, chemicals should not be used in the production of a flokati, so that they are also suitable for allergy sufferers and children.

Last but not least, the softness of the flokati depends on the length of the pile. The longer the wool, the fluffier the carpet. The standard length here is 5-10 cm.

Processing

A quality feature in terms of flokati carpet is the amount of wool used per square metre. This means that a flokati will be denser, softer and fluffier the more wool has been used. In this case, quality comes at a price.

Standard quality is a flokati carpet made with 1500 g of wool per square metre. Premium quality is a flokati made with 2000 g of wool per m². The top quality promises 3000 g of wool per m². Of course, you can also find models with 1000 g of wool per m². However, you should not expect too much here.

Another quality feature is the type of weaving. High-quality flokati carpets are woven by hand, which is much more time-consuming but means that each piece is unique. Cheaper models, on the other hand, are machine-woven.

Colour

Since a flokati rug is made of natural-coloured wool, it is usually white to light grey. This may not suit everyone's taste. Nevertheless, coloured flokati carpets are also increasingly being produced.

Of course, it is possible to dye the carpet yourself with textile dye after purchase. However, we would advise you not to do this, as it can prove to be extremely tedious, especially with larger models.

Flokati: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about flokati. We have selected the questions for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will know all the essential background information about flokati rugs.

What is a flokati?

A flokati, or flokati carpet, is a carpet from the Pintos Mountains (Greece) that is traditionally made by hand from virgin wool. It is based on a multi-stage and complicated production process at the end of which the carpet is felted and compressed by the so-called "water friction" (a special felting and shrinking process), which gives it its characteristic fluffy surface.

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In original, the fluffy flokati is off-white. (Image source: Alisa Anton / Unsplash)

After the water friction, which is carried out in the current of mountain streams, comes the drying phase, which usually does not take very long in the sunny Greek air. After that, the finished flokatis are subjected to an inspection, after which they can be shipped all over the world.

A real flokati is made in Greece

An extremely popular characteristic of pure new wool fibres is their natural insensitivity to soiling and their self-cleaning power. In addition, the material convinces with its air-regulating properties. As a natural product, it can absorb and release moisture.

What types of Flokatis are there?

If you want to buy a flokati carpet, there are two alternatives to choose between: real flokati and imitation flokati. We have compiled the most important advantages and disadvantages of both types below:

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Real flokati Natural product, Great look, Wonderfully soft, Room air regulating property, Long-lasting Few colour choices, Initially heavy linting, Cleaning intensive
Imitation flokati Low price, Large colour choice, Easy to clean High electrostatic charge, Silky sheen

Each of the carpets has certain advantages that are not to be sneezed at. Nevertheless, the original flokati seems to be superior to the others in many criteria. Not without reason are flokatis considered

How much does a flokati cost?

A flokati can vary in price. It depends on whether it was woven by hand or by machine and how much wool was used per m². Large, hand-woven flokatis made from over 2500 g of wool per m² prove to be particularly expensive. Our table can give you a great overview:

Type price range
Hand-woven approx. 25-900€
Machine-woven approx. 20-700€

What of course also has an influence on the price of a flokati is its shape. Round flokatis are usually a little cheaper than rectangular models. If an original flokati rug is too expensive for you, you can alternatively look for used items on flea market platforms.

What are the alternatives to a flokati?

Carpets can be made from many different materials. Each model has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to flokatis.

Type Properties
Shaggy carpet Long pile carpet made of synthetic fibre that convinces with its softness. Nevertheless, it is difficult to clean and vacuum.
Berber carpet easy-care pure new wool carpet from Morocco. Visually, however, it bears little resemblance to the Flokati.

Each of the carpets has certain advantages that are not to be sneezed at. Nevertheless, the original Flokati seems to be superior to the others in many criteria. It is not without reason that flokatis have enjoyed great popularity for decades.

How do I clean a flokati?

Proper cleaning of your flokati rug will greatly extend its life. In this section you will learn how to make your carpet look like new in just a few steps.

Flokatis should be hand-washed in the bathtub and then laid out to dry. Alternatively, smaller models can be washed in a washing machine using a particularly gentle wool detergent and a water temperature of 30° C.

Please note that carpets can become very heavy when wet, which is why you should use a heavy-duty clothes horse for drying. Afterwards, it is advisable to use a brush to loosen possible knots and to restore the softness of the flokati. Alternatively, if this process is too time-consuming, you can go to a specialised carpet cleaning shop.

Conclusion

Since there are great differences in the prices and quality of the respective flokatis, one should thoroughly consider whether the shape and design is suitable for the room in question before making a purchase. Choosing the right carpet is always a matter of taste. The size, colour and shape play a major role.

However, if you want a fluffy carpet, you will love a flokati, because few synthetic carpets offer such a high level of comfort. No matter which type of flokati you choose, pay particular attention to the quality levels and material properties. Furthermore, it is very important to choose the right density, because this determines the softness of your flokati. Nevertheless, what makes a perfect flokati depends above all on your personal wishes!

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