What a fantastic renaissance wool is having this season in the soft furnishing sector. Thanks to it’s unique natural properties it has stood the test of time and is one of the oldest textiles known. We hope you will also be inspired by the wonderful virtues of this fibre,
The fact that wool will only smoulder and not burn means it is naturally flame retardant, making it the perfect chemical free eco-friendly choice for upholstery and for creating a healthy home environment, unlike synthetics which can be highly flammable. On top of this the natural fibres absorb dye very easily, deeply and uniformly, without the use of chemicals.
Wool is such a versatile fibre as it is soft and light and drapes brilliantly making it ideal for both clothing and soft furnishings, including curtains, cushions, throws and blankets, as well as upholstery and a whole range of accessories such as bags, scarves and much more. The fibres are naturally elastic and will stretch under pressure and then spring back into shape so that anything made from wool will not sag or bag. And on top of that it is also dirt resistant! The fibres have an outer layer of scales that are resistant to dirt and dust penetration, so any stains will sit on top and not embed, making the fabric easier to clean. Soiling is easily removed by gentle washing in warm soapy water. And even though it absorbs moisture, the scales have water repellent properties, perfect for rainy days, and your sofa. Wow!
And just when you were thinking it can’t get any better, it does, because wool is also hard wearing. The fibres are strong and less likely to break, and resist piling and snagging, so wool fabrics will look good indefinitely and typically have a longer life span than synthetic fabrics. No wonder fathers used to hand their overcoats down to their oldest sons! What mileage. Great for both your wardrobe and home soft furnishing budget then.
Oh and I almost forgot to say, that wool is also a natural insulator, so it keeps us warm! The crimp in the wool fibres mean tiny air pockets heat up when any moisture in the centre of the fibre heats up, thus holding the warmth. This works both in a wool jacket as well as for curtains.
And last but not least the acoustic and insulation properties deserve a mention. Wool carpet helps minimise noise levels in the home, while the fibres are also making their mark as insulation for loft spaces and walls, as a natural alternative to petro-chemical derived products for those wishing to become more green.
Let us know what you love about wool.