Alpaca Wool Throws

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Supremely soft, wonderfully warm and exquisitely elegant, our pure Alpaca wool throws will add a touch of indulgent luxury to your bed or sofa!

Warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool, Alpaca wool is the softer, silkier and stronger ethical alternative to Cashmere. And a timeless, luxury addition to your bedroom.

  • 100% pure Alpaca wool.
  • Woven in Yorkshire, UK, at one of the world's top woollen mills.
  • Fine fringing detail.
  • Can also be worn as a chic & cosy wrap.
  • Naturally hypoallergenic, lanolin free, & biodegradable.
  • Size: 130 x 200 cm (w x l); weight: 800g.
  • Dry clean only.
  • Carefully delivered in plastic free, 100% recyclable packaging.

See our super soft Merino Lambswool throws



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.

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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. 

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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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Customer Reviews

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H
H.(.
Alpaca throw

What a lovely throw. Looks incredibly smart in a guest room, or perfect for cosying up with on a sofa. Highly recommend, very good quality

J
J.W.
Merino Lambs Wool Throw.

We are delighted with the Merino Lambs Wool Throw, the quality and design is excellent. The order arrived within the hour time frame in a stout cardboard box, "No plastic used here". We have ordered goods from Scooms several times and always been very satisfied

R
R.
Roll up

The wool dryer balls are great. They do make the tumble drying period shorter and the washed items have a lovely feel to them when dried. I’m most really impressed with them and enjoying the results

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A.C.
Genius

Love them. Now use with every tumble dry. Haven’t measured but drying times seem shorter and laundry less creased

Bedding size guide

Duvet size & weight guide

These are standard UK bedding sizes so if you know your mattress size you can easily work out which duvet size you need.

Duvet size Duvet weight UK mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm
(4ft 5" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 302g 
9 tog - 486g 
All seasons - 788g
90 x 190cm
Double 200 x 200cm
(6ft 7" x 6ft 7")
4.5 tog - 448g
9 tog - 720g
All seasons - 1168g
135 x 190cm
King 225 x 220cm
(7ft 4" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 567g 
9 tog - 911g
All seasons - 1478g
150 x 200cm
Super King 260 x 220cm
(8ft 6" x 7ft 3")
4.5 tog - 641g
9 tog - 1030g
All seasons - 1671g
180 x 200cm 

 

Duvet tog rating guide

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

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

 

Pillow size guide

Our pillows come in two sizes and provide medium support.

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.

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

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