Kinds of Carpet.

The word Carpet comes from the Old French word ‘Carpite’ which means heavily decorated cloth most likely derived from the Latin word Carpere which means to pluck! The English adapted the word to describe a ‘coarse cloth’ which they called a Carpet and soon became the common word to describe floor coverings. You may be [...]

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Wool and Weaving.

Weaving, as the word suggests is the action of two sets of yarns interlaced to form a fabric or a cloth. Knitting, crocheting, felting and braiding are all versions of weaving. The way in which these yarns are woven or interlaced affects the finished product. Cloth is traditionally woven on a loom which allows the [...]

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The Ancient Spinning Wheel.

It is almost impossible to believe that the spinning wheel was first invented in the early 11th century. The first illustration of an actual spinning wheel dates to 1237 in Baghdad. Other illustrations suggest that the Chinese were spinning as early as 1090! By the 13th Century the spinning wheel had spread to Europe and [...]

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From Shearing to Sweaters!

Once the sheep have been shorn their fleeces have to be sorted or graded, based on overall quality of the wool fleeces. Unlike the meat, the best quality of the wool comes from the shoulders and sides of the sheep. This wool is used for clothing. In order to remove all of the dirt, sand, [...]

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Sheep Shearing

The English, Flemish and Americans may have pioneered the global wool industry but it is the Irish who hold the title for the fastest time to shear a fully grown sheep! More specifically, The Guinness World Record currently held by Ivan Scott from Castlepollard in County Westmeath. On the 4th of April 2016, Mr. Scott [...]

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Did you know – Wool helps us sleep?

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, but did you know Wool helps us sleep? When we are tired, life can be sluggish and we can become stressed more easily. Throughout history wool has been used to keep us warm. In fact keeping humans warm was the primary reason [...]

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The Wool Effect

The Wool Effect? Did you know that sheep were first bred for their wool not their meat? Once man discovered its durability and warmth they set about developing processes and tools for making wool and by 4000 BC were wearing pure wool clothing. The wool trade exploded during the 11th and 12th Centuries, with the [...]

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