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Our pure Alpaca wool throws will add a touch of indulgent luxury to your bed or sofa and can also be warn as a cosy wrap! Warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool, Alpaca wool is superfine and silky-soft.

  • 100% pure Alpaca wool with fine fringing detail.
  • Woven in Yorkshire, UK, at one of the world's top woollen mills.
  • Naturally hypoallergenic, lanolin free, & biodegradable.
  • Size: 130 x 200 cm (w x l); weight: 800g.
  • Dry clean only.
  • Free next day delivery via DPD for orders placed by 1:00pm, Mon - Fri. Delivered in plastic free, recyclable packaging.

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Alpaca wool

We use Superfine graded Alpaca wool (19-22.9 microns) in our Alpaca wool throws. This Alpaca fleece is exceptionally fine, soft, lightweight and reassuringly durable.

Alpaca fibres come in 20 natural shades including white, grey, black, fawn and brown, but also dye really well. The fibres are hollow which creates a lightweight, strong, breathable and highly insulating wool. Alpaca fleece is designed to keep the alpaca warm through sub-zero nights and cool in 80 degree afternoon weather.

Whilst similar to Sheep’s wool, Alpaca wool is warmer, not itchy and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Lanolin, the grease found in sheep's wool, is also responsible for the smell that sheep's wool can have. The lack of lanolin also means that alpaca wool doesn't need as much cleaning as sheep's wool and doesn't attract and retain dirt in the same way.

Like other wools, alpaca wool is non-flammable, moisture-wicking and naturally water-repellant. It has a water retention rate of about 8% compared to 16-20% for sheep's wool.

scooms wool throws are produced in the UK by a family owned business that has been in operation since 1837. They are world leaders in dyeing, spinning, weaving, blending and finishing,& creating beautiful products that you can cherish for a lifetime.

 

Alpaca farming

Alpaca are native to the high Andes mountains of South America. Domesticated for centuries by the Inca of Peru, their fleece was worn only by royalty. Alpaca wool has been known for over 6,000 years as 'the fibre of the Gods'!

Alpacas are very ethical to farm, being a cruelty-free and eco-friendly process. They are gently shorn by hand once a year during the warmer season. The Alpacas are much cooler and happier in warm weather once they have been sheared. Their wool regrows by the time cooler weather returns.

They have a higher yield than sheep and goats and are less impactful on their environment. Their soft padded feet are gentle on top soil; whereas the hooves of sheep and goats can increase erosion and decrease soil fertility. They are used to harsh climates so they consume lower amounts of food and water than other livestock, and they are highly efficient at metabolizing their food. Their method of grazing the top of the grass rather than pulling up the roots like sheep and goats, allows the root system to still grow and doesn't damage the topsoil.

 

Alpaca v Cashmere

Although Cashmere wool is similar in fineness, alpaca wool is softer. An Alpaca fibre is 3 times as long as a cashmere fibre. This greater uniformity helps produce a softer wool.

Alpacas have a much higher yield than the Kashmir goat, producing 4.5kg of fleece a year compared to 115g of cashmere. Whereas it takes around 4 goat's shearings to make one jumper, one alpaca shearing can produce four jumpers.

The popularity of cashmere is recent years has also raised ethical issues. Increase in demand has increased the pressure for herders to lower the cost of cashmere wool resulting in herders needing higher numbers of goats or shearing the goats when it is too cold. Overpopulating the grasslands also damages the ecosystem of their natural habitat and overstretches the herders' workloads.

 

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Bedding size guide

DUVET SIZE GUIDE

These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm 

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are King (UK Super king), Queen (UK King),  Full (UK Double) and Twin (UK Single).

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need.

Check with our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.

 

DUVET TOG RATING GUIDE

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season (4.5 + 9 tog) Winter / cold sleepers Very warm

 

DUVET FILL WEIGHT GUIDE

Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre.)

Fill weight
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm

 

PILLOW SIZE GUIDE

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

BED LINEN SIZE GUIDE

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm

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