THE WOOL BLANKET WEAVING MILL
At an altitude of almost 2000 meters, the weaving mill of our wool blankets is located in the region of Manteigas in Serra da Estrela, the mountains of Portugal.
The family business has existed since 1925, and the region and the manufacturer have always worked with sheep. The milk is used to produce cheese specialties - the wool is used to make high-quality wool products. Also, the wool of our wool blankets comes from the immediate environment of the manufacturer. So we were able to get to know the sheep and the shepherd personally.
The manufacturer specializes in high-quality felt fabrics and soft wool blankets. From spinning the shorn wool to weaving, the wool blankets' creation process takes place entirely in the factory. Delicate wool threads are stretched on the looms in a three-day process to weave the particular pattern. The colors are pure natural colors of the sheep. For example, the brown of a pattern is obtained from a sheep with brown fur.
This recycling cycle - with products from free, happy animals - appeals to us very much. The quality of the wool blankets as well.
It is the most resistant fiber of animal origin, 100% natural and, like human hair, contains a protein called keratin. During growth, it is lubricated by the sebaceous glands, which secrete a waxy substance whose main component is lanolin. Being biodegradable and renewable, the sheep produces wool year after year, which is sheared for its own good. It is naturally elastic and comfortable and is used as a natural thermal insulator.