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Introducing Wool Types (7): Camel Hair

March 21, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Camel wool and yarn and products made of camel wool are not very common in everyday life but nevertheless our overview of wool yarn types would be incomplete without it. Camel hair is an animal fiber collected from the camel. The most satisfactory camel fiber is gathered from the two-humped Bactrian camels. There are two types of camel wool – the outer protective one called guard hair, which is coarse and inflexible, and the fine, shorter fiber of the insulating undercoat.


Unlike most other wool types, camel wool is collected not by shearing or plucking but gathered as the animal sheds its coat. Both the outer coat and the undercoat are gathered at the same time, and later with the help of combing (frequently by machine), the coarse outer hairs are separated from the finer ones.


Choosing Wool Carpet

March 12, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Wool carpet is very beautiful, durable and luxurious. It also feels great underfoot. Wool yarn is the most expensive and chick fiber to produce carpets.

Wool carpets have lots of benefits but also some drawbacks, so let‘s become aware of them and choose the right carpets for our homes.

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Carpet wool is the one shorn from sheep – it is then spun and woven or twisted into carpet. Fleece of New Zealand sheep is considered the most luxurious in wool carpet production. There are wool rug made from goats wool, llamas wool or alpaca wool, too. Wool fiber is durable and the carpets can last 60 years or more if properly cared for (remember the ancient Oriental wool carpets that last for 200 years or more?)


Wool and Yarn Production Process

March 4, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Wool of different animals is probably the first fiber to be transformed into cloth. The ability and knowledge of how to spin wool into yarn developed several thousand years B.C. and encouraged trade among tribes of the Mediterranean Sea. Nowadays wool yarn is produced not only from sheep but from other animals – e.g. camels, goats, rabbits – as well. Wool and yarn are highly valued material in textile industry.

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The value of the wool yarn is based on fiber diameter (the smaller – the finer), staple length (the longer – the worthier), and density (the tighter – the better).


Introducing Wool Types (5): Sheep Wool

February 8, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Sheep wool is the fiber that is harvested from the body of most sheep. It is an extremely complex protein, which evolved through ages for the protection of warm blood animals in a great variety of living and weather conditions. Each time the sheep is sheared its wool keeps growing and replenishes itself.

Sheep come is a variety of breeds – there are more breeds of sheep than breeds of any other livestock species. More than 1000 distinct sheep breeds are grown worldwide. They come in different sizes, shapes, and colors.

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Sheep breeds are classified according to the type of wool fibers they grow (fine, medium, long or carpet wool; or hair), their primary purpose (meat, milk, or wool), and/or by other specific physical or production characteristics.

Wool fiber is known for high resiliency and elasticity – it can be bent more than 20,000 times without danger of breaking or any damage.