11 Wonderful Ways to Use Wool Around the Home
Natural and durable, wool is a stylish and practical choice for upholstery, rugs and bedding
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Wool has a deep, warm, rich look and a long history. This fabric dates back to before history was recorded, when humans discovered that sheepskin would keep them warm when the weather was cold and cool when it was hot, and would absorb moisture without feeling wet. While it would be difficult to duplicate a fiber with the qualities that wool has, modern technology has improved some of its undesirable traits: Today's wool creases nicely and is shrink resistant, mothproof and even stain resistant. Due to these technological advances, wool remains a very popular choice today.
Plain blankets. Warm in winter and cool in summer, wool is a great solution for blankets. It is also more resistant to fire than other natural fibers.
Dyed blankets. Wool fabric holds dye well, so the color lasts longer. Unfortunately, it also needs mothproofing.
Rugs. Wool fibers' antistatic properties and natural resistance to soiling makes them a desirable choice for rugs. However, when wool does get dirty, it is not as easy to clean as some synthetic fibers.
Bathroom accessories. Just like when it's on a sheep, wool is hydrophobic (resists water) and resists odors, so it performs well in the bath area.
Sheepskin throws. A sheepskin throw adds a romantic touch and a welcome layer of cushion to furniture.
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Sheepskin rugs. The organic feel of wool in its more natural state always makes a room feel cozy and comfortable. Don't worry about the long fibers — wool resists crushing.
Felted accessories. These felted wool stones by Vivaterra add a unique flair to a space — and also show off the diversity of wool fibers.
Wool throws. Wool is considered hypoallergenic, which makes it a great fabric for a throw cover. However, washing pure wool with alkaline detergents can damage it.
Knitting. Wool in its natural state has a crimp to its strand, which creates an elastic property when it's woven into yarn. The elasticity makes it more durable and a wonderful product to knit or crochet with.
Upholstery. Wool is a great choice for upholstery because it resists piling and breaking, meaning it's extra durable.
Bedding. Wool's wrinkle resistance makes for a beautiful bed cover. The fabric can feel very soft when the natural lanolin is not removed from the fiber.
Ideabook published on Nov. 16, 2012.
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