What are the Differences in Wool Types?

 

Our Wool

Want to know more about where our wool is sourced and how it is made into blankets and scarves? Learn More Here.

*Due to the weaving process and nature of organic materials, there may be small variations in product sizes, colours and designs.

**Find full care instructions here.

 

Learn More About Each Wool Type

Thanks to its natural durability, wool is known for its long lifespan. Fibres can bend up to 20,000 times before breaking (as a comparison, cotton can only bend 3,000 times). This got us thinking, how can we take advantage of this amazing feature, especially since recycling wool can be a challenge as the fibres are often too short to respin? Our solution is to blend recycled wool with longer mixed fibres saved from landfill to create a soft and durable yarn. Woven in a dense twill weave and brushed for texture, recycled wool gives you all the benefits of wool, in a sustainable blanket. What’s more, they are even machine washable.

Want to learn more about the making of our recycled wool blankets? Watch our IGTV with Emma, our co-founder, and Claire, one of our buyers, chat about the whole process, turning unwanted textiles into treasured blankets.

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The magical thing about a picnic is that it only takes a blanket to transform a beach, a mountain, or a meadow into your dining room table. We’ve spent the past year adventuring near and far, developing the perfect picnic blanket. With a leather and brass strap for comfortable carrying and an easy to clean waterproof backing, recycled wool picnic blankets are reliable, even when the weather isn’t.

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Lambswool is the highest quality sheep’s wool. It’s gathered from a lamb’s first shearing, meaning the fibres are smoother, stronger and hold more elasticity than any other wool. The unique crimps in the individual strands generate air pockets that retain heat while repelling moisture, keeping you warm when you’re cool, and cool when you’re warm. Along with being a naturally insulating, breathable and hypoallergenic textile, it’s beautifully soft. Doesn’t get much better than that. Led by design, our lambswool collection seeks to merge our Scottish roots with contemporary living through applying modern colours to traditional weaving techniques.

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The definition of luxury, Cashmere is traditionally combed from the super soft undercoat of the Cashmere goat. The downy wool fibres are then sorted by hand from the goat’s protective outer layer. Cashmere is finer, stronger, lighter, and approximately three times more insulating than sheep's wool. And did we mention soft? So, so soft. Considerately curated and carefully woven, our cashmere collection is a perfect mix of tradition and timelessness.

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Our Wool

Want to know more about where our wool is sourced and how it is made into blankets and scarves? Learn More Here.

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4 comments


  • Amelia, TBCo. Marketing

    Hi Sally, that’s an excellent question! The goats and sheep are raised with the upmost care on open grasslands in Mongolia. Our virgin wool (lambswool & cashmere) both are both spun with our mongolian partners, who rear the sheep and goats on their family run farm in the Gobi desert. They stick to traditional methods of shearing and combing, using razors instead of scissors as scissors can be known to cut sheep. This is part of why we’ve refined our product range- to work with people who are willing to be as transparent as we are about the whole process and who we believe will help us accomplish our positive impact pledge! Hope this helps! If you’d like to speak further, please don’t hesitate to pop an email to hello@tartanblanketco.com!


  • Amelia TBCo. Marketing

    Hi S.B.,

    Thanks for your super kind words about our website and our new designs. It’s amazing that you spin your own wool, too!

    You’re right! New wool is such a lovely and soft fibre and we really love it too! This past year, we’ve put a lot of time and thought into understanding our products’ journey from end to end and sourcing the best and most sustainable wool. We’ve refined our supply chain to work with partner mills who are truly invested in our mission to become a Positive Impact Company. With this in mind, we’ve chosen to discontinue manufacturing in places where traceability became a bit too blurred or the wool sourcing was unclear, as was the case with our New Wool mill, and have chosen to focus on a more transparent route where the visibility is straight-forward and easy for us to access (recycled wool, lambswool & cashmere). We apologise for the inconvenience, but also believe it’s totally worth it!

    Due to woollen fibres becoming quite short when they are respun, recycled wool needs to be combined with longer recycled mixed fibre threads in order to be woven which does give our recycled wool blankets a different feel. The good news is that it allows the blankets to be woven super tightly which means they’re durable for both indoor/outdoor use and makes them machine washable (a big deal for wool!). Even more good news is that recycled wool gets fluffier and softer with each wash. I’m wrapped in mine right now :)


  • sally maslon

    Hi- so sorry to ask this if you already have it answered on your site somewhere. But , is your virgin wool, processed in a cruelty free way as far as how the animals are handled?
    Thank you much,
    Sally


  • Mrs. S.B.Harris

    I purchased a new wool knee blanket sometime ago and it is lovely and soft, I was disappointed that you don’t seem to make them anymore as I prefer that to the recycled wool which I thought was rather coarse and not very soft. Not sure what to choose next as I love the tartans and the new colours, have my eye on the Fraser or perhaps two if I can find the right wool, I live in France where there is an abundance of fleeces and I spin my own wool, not very successfully! But good fun. Love your website and wool.


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