The Wool is made from a mixture of the mountain air, the grass and shrubs of its meadows and the water of its rivers.
Wool is the layer of hair that protects the skin of sheep when they move among prickly bushes.
Passing through these bushes the sheep also diluted their thick layers.
The wool differs from the hair because it’s formed by scales.
It has many curls, up to 20 per 2.5 cm depending on the breed.
This makes the wool bear air very well, and at the same time it acts as a thermoregulator.
Wool fiber contains a natural protein called keratin, which is biodegradable and similar to the protein found in human hair.
When discarded, the wool decomposes into the soil in just a few years, slowly releasing valuable nitrogen-based nutrients into the soil and acting as a fertilizer.
The sheep’s wool is a completely renewable fiber.
Shearing is a process similar to when we cut our hair.
No animal is sacrificed for its wool to make our quilts.
Likewise, the sheep bring to the mountains a natural balance that should be conserved. The sheep adapt to the climate and vegetation of their environment, and this makes their wool unique
At Pirilana we use exclusively 100% natural wool from Spanish sheep . We currently use “Xisqueta” wool and Merino wool
Fungi, bacteria and mites like warm, humid environments.
The wool has a great capacity of ventilation and temperature regulation due to its structure and bacteria, mites and fungi cannot adhere because it is not at all their environment.
Because of this, sleeping with wool does a lot of good to people who are allergic
Sheep wool consists of fine, frizzy and soft hairs. The many curls (about 20 in each 2.5 cm) that contain the wool hairs ensure that the wool retains the air. This retained air favors the insulating capacity of the wool. Using wool guarantees that the body will maintain better its own temperature. In this way, wool protects against heat and against cold. Therefore, the body cools down less in a cold environment and warms up less in a worm environment. You can compare it with a home: when you insulate the walls properly, the inside temperature is stable, the cold or the heat remain outside.
The wool is durable and can last several generations. A wool fiber can be folded 20,000 times without breaking. That makes wool particularly strong. In addition, wool is also a renewable source of fiber. The sheep’s coat is sheared every year, after which the fur is renewed. If the wool is at the end of its useful life, it is easily degradable naturally. The earth absorbs the nutrients into the soil.
At Pirilana we are in constant search of national suppliers.
Spain has been historically a great producer of wool, even armies were paid in wool. The “Wool Chamber” could be fund in Burgos. It is true that there is little left of that. Of this little left, Pirilana. We started a while ago in the Pyrenees, buying the “xisqueta” wool to the association ‘Obrador Xisqueta’. This association seeks to buy wool at a fair price from local shepherds. We look for 100% natural cotton. The quilting and finishing of quilts is also carried out within the national scope. Our objective is to keep it as local as possible: KM 0 philosophy.
In contrast to synthetic fibres, wool is an active fibre and performs differently to body temperature.
It keeps us warm when it’s cold and keeps us cool us when it’s hot. An example of this are the caravans in the desert where people cover in wool under a blazing sun.
Wool is extremely breathable. The fibres can absorb large amounts of moisture from our body and release it into the air. This property makes it ideal to use in bedding.
Because wool absorbs moisture it prevents the accumulation of static electricity.
The lanolin contained in wool, repels dust and water
Wool in bed or in the mattress provides optimal ventilation. The temperature and humidity regulated by wool, together with the lanolin, makes our bed an unattractive environments for mites to reproduce. If we ventilate our quilt often mite have few options to thrive, making it ideal for people with allergies.
Unlike synthetic fibre, wool absorbs the moisture that our body releases and lanolin absorbs the odour molecules of the sweat.
The chemical composition of wool makes it flame resistant. It is used especially as a coating in areas of great public affluence such as hotels, cinemas, hospitals or airplanes. Compared to other fibres it is worth mentioning that cotton catches fire at 255⁰C, polyester melts between 252⁰C and 292⁰C, nylon between 160⁰C and 260⁰C. Wool needs almost 600⁰C and does not melt like the synthetic fibres so it does not stick to the skin
Wool contains a protein named keratin. This protein neutralizes the smells and harmful substances of sweat and, by absorbing and quickly releasing moisture, makes the bacteria less likely to develop and that also prevents smells.
Due to the antibacterial effect, the wool does not need to be washed continuously.
Babies who sleep during the first months of life in wool have a lower chance of suffering asthma. It also has a relaxing effect that helps them fall asleep.
A woolen quilt can be washed in a washing machine with a large drum, with a program and detergent both specific for wool.
If you do not have an equipped washing machine, we recommend dry cleaning.
It is advisable to ventilate the quilt regularly and if you are not using it, store it in its bag with a lavender sachet, in a dark and cool place.