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The Fine Facts of Alpaca & Fine Wool

Posted on December 08 2014

The Fine Facts of Alpaca & Fine Wool

Imagine curling up beside an open fireplace.

A book in one hand, a glass of wine in the other, you’re ready for an afternoon nap... But, oh no, what about the throw? You could go with an ordinary one, sure, but why settle for ordinary?

You deserve a throw as luxurious as your intended nap, like a wool ombre throw. With a micron count under 20, you know it’s downright comfy.

Wait, you aren’t familiar with microns? Then it’s time to learn!

What’s a micron?

To put it simply, micron is a standard of measurement used to indicate a fiber’s density. A typical wool fiber ranges from 10 to 70 microns, with the finest falling between 15 and 23. So the lower the number, the finer the thread. Fabric with a lower micron count creates a more pleasing sensation to the tactile senses.

Fibers that fall between 24 and 30 are generally considered medium grade. Examples include woolen tweeds, soft coatings, and flannels. Over 30, though, and you get into the course grade area, which is typically used for carpets, dense wool throws, and thicker items.

We have once before written about microns and why you should care, but if you’re in the market for the comfiest throw, you have got to stay in the know about microns.

After all, an educated purchase is a purchase without regret.

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And what about Alpaca?

Alpaca wool feels like a dream upon skin, which is why it has become a popular material within the fabric world. From hats to mittens, sweaters to rugs, everything can be made from super soft, super comfortable alpaca wool - even a throw for your luxurious weekend.

So, alpaca wool makes an amazing blanket?

Alpacas are strange in that their fleece, while similar to sheep’s wool, is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, making it a hypoallergenic material. Better still, unlike cotton, alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite.

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Plus, alpacas come in two types. There’s the Suri (above), which produces a silky pencil-like fiber that resembles dreadlocks, and the Huacaya (below), which produces a dense, soft, sheep-like fiber. Both produce high quality fibers, but the Suri are generally considered the finer of the two.

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Alpaca wool also has this fascinating ability to combine well with almost any other fiber. Our cotton/alpaca day blanket is proof enough of that fact.

Okay, all of that sounds great. Now what do I do?

That, my friend, is easy: you get yourself a blanket that will complement your afternoon nap.

Learn even more about our alpaca wool throw blankets by contacting us today! By Brahms Mount