Bedding & Blankets
Soft lambswool, fine cashmere, warm merino, lustrous mohair
Wool blankets are truly comforting and cosy and have stood the test of time. The demand for woollen products is as strong as ever. Processing wool involves many stages. Farmers shear their sheep one a year, usually in Spring. This is still done by hand by a skilled sheerer. The fastest time to shear a single sheep is recoded by The Guiness Book of World Records at 37.90 seconds (by Irishman Ivan Scott on 4th April 2010). After the wool is removed from the sheep it is classed, graded and sorted. It is then sent to a Woollen Mill where carding machines pull, stretch, spin and twist the wool to make yarn. The yarn is then used to weave cloth.
In the 12th century wool was spun on hand operated spinning machines and was mainly a cottage industry. Water powered mills enabled rapid expansion. The advent of rail flooded the market with cheaper, inferior products and hastened the decline of the industry, which went into rapid decline after World War I. Only a few working mills operate in Britain today. In recent years there has been a resurgence in the popularity of British woollen products. We buy all our wool, cashmere, merino, lambswool and mohair blankets from Irish and Welsh Mills. We firmly believe nobody does it better.