As the world looks around for alternatives to man-made fibres that are full of chemicals, wool is finding itself increasingly in the spotlight.
Wool is made by using the hair of animals such as sheep and goats. It has been around for generations and is used as the base material in clothes and bedding and has an increasing fashionable role in interior furnishings
Wool used to be something your grandma would use to knit your Christmas jumper with but now it is becoming one of the trendiest eco-friendly textiles on the market.
Wool is at the height of luxury with merino, the supermodel of wool, in demand by high-end consumers around the world. The best thing about wool is that it is entirely natural, as long as no chemicals are added when colouring or preserving the wool.
Wool is an amazing textile, full of important properties that make it hugely attractive. One of the big benefits of wool is that it can absorb moisture amazingly well. Wool does this by drawing moisture into the core of its fibres.
This is really helpful went you need an item of clothing or materials that keep feeling dry for a long time. In addition to this, wool also breathes really well which helps woollen clothes to retain a light and airy feel.
Interestingly, wool has natural fire retardant properties and this is why wool is increasingly being used hotel furnishings.
The natural lanolin in wool helps to repel dust mites and bed bugs and in a world where children are increasingly suffering from eczema and asthma this is most welcome.
It would seem that the world is enjoying rediscovering wool.
Fashion, trends and even technology dictates the new products, skills and services our industry must master in this ever changing world of home furnishings.....