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As a natural material, wool holds many characteristics that simply cannot be replicated in synthetic materials. These natural qualities are what make our blankets and throws the best choice for a perfect night's sleep, evening on the sofa, or picnic afternoon in the park.
Wool helps the body to maintain a steady temperature, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Its ‘spring like’ fabric structure offers excellent support and relief to those who suffer from bed sores and other conditions.
Sleeping under wool has been proven to improve sleep quality by up to 25 per cent. Many of our blankets can be used as a cooler alternative to a duvet in the summer, and an extra layer on top of a duvet during winter. The natural characteristics of wool absorb moisture, wicking it away from your body, helping to regulate temperature and minimise disruption to sleep.
Wool is naturally resistant to bacteria that can trigger allergic reactions, due to the protein composition of its fibres. These fibres also absorb and hold on to indoor pollutants, and are repellent to lint, dust and dust mites, making a wool blanket the perfect accessory for those who live with asthma or allergies.
Wool is a sustainable and fully renewable fibre with the animal producing a new fleece each year. It naturally biodegrades on land and in water, and as it’s protein-based, does not contribute to microplastic pollution. Wool also reduces waste to landfill as it decomposes naturally in soil, whilst slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.
Our guide to understanding the different types of wool can help you to navigate the many options when choosing a piece from our website.
Pure new wool comes from the fleece produced naturally by sheep each year and is not blended with other fibres or materials. Products made from pure new wool are practical and insulating, with a lofty surface that is slightly coarser than merino or lambswool.
Merino is an ultrafine wool that comes specifically from the prized merino breed of sheep found in Australia and New Zealand. The fibres of merino wool are extremely fine and soft, giving merino wool blankets and bedding a soft and luxurious feeling to the touch.
Merino sheep survive comfortably in extreme temperatures, both low and high, giving their wool attributes that have evolved to regulate body heat in all temperatures.
In the cold, merino’s natural crimp traps warm air to insulate the body, and in the warm, it wicks moisture away from the skin, releasing it as vapour, helping to stay comfortable all year round.
Lambswool is taken from the first shearing of the sheep, usually at around seven months old. It is extremely fine and soft, and when it’s spun, produces a beautiful high-quality yarn that is perfect for weaving into super soft blankets. As it is the first shearing of the sheep, it is produced in smaller quantities, making it more exclusive and therefore more expensive than merino and other wools.
Cashmere is regarded as one of the most luxurious fibres in the world, due to its silky-smooth handle and silk-like drape. The yarn comes from rare fibres taken from the underbelly of cashmere goats living in the harsh climates of Mongolia and China. These animals have adapted to significant temperature fluctuations by developing a double fleece; keeping them warm and insulated in winter and cool in summer. Cashmere fibres produce the finest, softest, and warmest blankets with superior durability meaning they can last for generations.