10 things you didn’t know about wool

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OCTOBER, 2017
It hates liquid, loves vapor and is fire-resistant.

This week is National Wool Week and we thought we would share with you some woolly facts! Wool has been used by humans for thousands of years and even before 10,000 BC, wool cloth was being spun and woven by ancient tribes.

Below are just a few our favourite facts when it comes to nature’s most versatile textile fibre:

1. Whilst many of us associate wool with sheep, there are other animals who also produce fibres which can be twisted into yarn. Alpaca for example comes in 22 natural colours, the most of any wool producing animal.

2. There are around 1 billion sheep in the world of which 30 million live in the UK. Our flocks can be roughly divided into three main groups: short wool and down, longwool and lustre and mountain and hill.

3. Ever wondered what the oldest wool rug in the world looks like? The 5th Century BC Pazyryk carpet was excavated in 1949 from the grave of a Scythian nobleman in Siberia.

4. Wool is resistant to sunlight and has a natural UV filter

5. The fastest recorded time to shear a sheep is 37.90 seconds by Ivan Scott of Ireland.

6. The most expensive sheep in the world is believed to have sold for £231,000. The Deveronvale Perfection price tag has been put down to the strong physical attributes of the sheep.

7.Wool fibres can be bent over 20,000 times without breaking.

8. Wool is strong. A single wool fibre is said to be stronger than steel.

9. Sheep wool can help to purify the air in your home for up to 30 years – great if you have airborne allergies.

10. Wool fibre is biodegradable and is composed of a natural protein called Keratin – similar to the protein found in human hair. This means that when it’s disposed of, wool can decompose in soil in a matter of years

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