What Makes Merino Wool So Special?
There are a lot of fashion trends that come and go, but there are a few things that are good quality and always in style. Things like a good pair of jeans like these ETO denim jeans from EJ Menswear, a well-cut suit and good quality knitwear made from merino wool.
So, what exactly is merino wool and what makes it so special?
Merino wool is produced by a special breed of sheep known as the Merino sheep. These sheep are special as the wool that they produce is much finer than that of other species. The vast majority is produced in Australia, in fact over 80% of the merino in the world comes from there.
The wool produced by the Merino sheep is perfect for making luxurious wool jumpers and scarves and is loved by many people all over the world. As well as having a lovely feel, the wool is also easy to care for and can be washed in a washing machine which is something that many luxury fabrics can’t tolerate.
The breeders of the sheep are always looking for ways to improve the quality of the wool and through specialist selective breeding programmes have managed to produce some wool that extremely soft and fine and is in fact softer even than cashmere.
Some breeders also cross breed Merino sheep with other species to create a medium wool which although still soft is a little more hardwearing and therefore is great for home furnishing items such as blankets.