Why Wool?

Why Wool?

As the temperature drops this is a perfect chance to choose from any of our British-made pure wool throws to keep you snug on those chilly autumn evenings and once you've experienced the extra warmth of a real wool blanket you won't go back to any of that synthetic nonsense!

Wool fibre Wool Week 2016

What makes wool so wonderful for blankets? Well, when better than Wool Week to share some of the more interesting and intriguing reasons why wool is so special.


It's amazing when you think about it... all it takes for a sheep to make wool is a lovely field of lush green grass to chomp. To get scientific, wool is a protein fibre formed in the skin without any intervention from man. That's why humans since the Stone Age have used wool to keep themselves warm and science has yet to create a synthetic fibre that can match its unique properties.


As long as there's grass to graze, a sheep with grow a lovely soft new fleece every single year, making wool endlessly renewable. At the end of its life, wool biodegrades much more quickly than man-made fibres.


We all know wool is warm, but why? Well, that all comes down to its hydroscopic properties, which means it naturally absorbs and releases water vapour from the atmosphere. Heat is generated during the absorption phase, making wool a natural insulator. That's why our wool blankets are so cosy and snug.


Did you know that a single strand of wool fibre can be bent back on itself 20,000 times before it breaks? This makes wool products very long lasting and, with a little care, a woollen blanket will last for many, many years. Caring for your wool blanket doesn't have to be a chore either as our throws can be machine washed on a cool cycle and simply dried on the line.


Wool is naturally flame retardant thanks to its high water and nitrogen content, which means that it doesn't catch fire easily. If a wool blanket did catch fire in an accident, it won't melt to the skin as synthetic materials will, meaning the risk of burns is lessened. 

If you've enjoyed this blog post and would like to learn more about the wonders of wool, visit the Campaign for Wool website here.

[Wool fibre image courtesy of Campaign for Wool]