Wool - what makes it different?
Feb 27, 2023
Wooly good bedding
Humans have been using fleece from sheep to make fabric for clothing and blankets since the stone age, so there must be something pretty darn special about wool, right?
At Airley, we think wool bedding such as quilts, pillows, and mattress toppers are essential for anyone looking for a good night’s sleep. This natural fiber has many benefits that will make you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your day’s challenges.
So, what is wool, and why is it a good material for bedding? Wool is a versatile and natural material that comes from those cute, snuggly creatures we call Sheep. When used as a fiber it provides comfort, durability, and temperature regulation, making it ideal for bedding.
Regulates body temperature
When people think of wool, they picture big thick bedding that will keep them warm on cold nights but will be too hot during summer, but this is actually not the case as wool is a great all-year-round material due to its insulating and moisture-wicking properties.
Wool is naturally insulating, so it helps regulate body temperature to keep you warm during winter and cool in summer. Wool fiber has a natural crimp unlike most fibers which are smooth, wool traps pockets of still air and forms a barrier from the cooler air outside your bed.
But wool fibers have the ability to regulate the body’s temperature due to being naturally hygroscopic which means it absorbs water from their surrounding environment, keeping you dry and comfortable throughout the night.
Wool is inherently hypoallergenic, so it is a good choice for people with allergies or sensitive skin. Studies have shown wool is not an allergen and that if you get itchy from wool it is due to the poor quality of the course fibers scratching your skin. High-quality, fine wool does not cause skin irritations.
Wool is a strong and resilient fiber, so it is less likely to wear out and become damaged over time. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that wool bedding has greater durability and resistance to wear and tear than synthetic bedding.
Unlike synthetic fibers such as polyester, wool is biodegradable, making it a more sustainable option for bedding. Natural fibers biodegrade naturally in a short period of time so they don’t sit in a landfill or natural environments for the length of time that a synthetic fiber would.
On top of these great benefits, Australian wool is known for its softness, durability, and high quality which is why we have used it to create our luxurious range of woolen pillows, quilts, and mattress toppers.