With summer over and the cooler months already among us, it is time to start thinking about how to stay warm this winter season. What better way to do this than investing in a warm wool blanket? Wool blankets range in quality and style however, so here is some information on why you should chose wool and how to choose the best blanket for your needs. Before going out, or looking online for a blanket, it is important first to detail what your needs are; i.e. what size, weight, style, and color you would like. Also, having some knowledge of brands, quality, and different blanket traits will all help you in making the best purchase possible.
You might be thinking, why choose a wool blanket in the first place? There are many benefits that come about from owning a wool blanket. Wool fabrics are extremely durable and flexible, which will make your blanket withstand more use and ultimately last longer. Wool is also extremely absorbent, being able to absorb up to 30% of its own weight without feeling damp. Wool blankets are able to wick away moisture while keeping your temperature regulated so it can protect in both warm and cool conditions. Wool is also a natural renewable resource as well as naturally flame retardant and is self-extinguishing.
Wool refers to the fleece that come from lambs, sheep, or animals closely related. Some very common wool blankets come from alpacas, llamas, and angora and cashmere goats. When looking for quality wool blankets be sure to purchase one that is marked as natural fiber. There are many different types of wool, so if you are interested in the highest quality wool blanket for example, you might want to look into Merino wool rather than generic lamb’s wool. There is also a quality scale when talking about wool that helps to explain and label different types of wool. The scale measures the wool diameter in what is known as microns.
The highest quality blankets are usually made out of Fine Merino, which is generally labeled between 18.6 and 20 microns. If you are looking for a wool blanket that is thick but still comfortable you might want to look at blankets between 27 to 35 microns. If you are looking for something even lighter you might want something between 21 and 26 microns. When purchasing a wool blanket, styles also come into play. There are so many different styles; from traditional Scottish, English, Irish, and even Middle Eastern. Going online is an easy way to browse through styles and decide what you like best. Remember that quality wool blankets tend to be expensive, but well worth it, and having some knowledge before buying will help you to make the best purchase possible.