British Wool Sheep
There are over 60 different breeds of British sheep and many cross breeds producing approx 30 million kilos of wool. This wool exhibits different characteristics making it ideally suited to many end uses from fine apparel to warm furnishings and from comfortable knitwear to hard wearing carpets. Over 65% of the clip is used in the manufacturer of carpets.
Carpet wool needs to be resilient, soft underfoot yet resistant to the ravages of intensive foot traffic. Native breeds, developed over the centuries to thrive on our hills and fells, grow wool which is naturally designed to withstand harsh winds, driving rain and snow. These include Scottish Blackface, Herdwick and Cheviot.
These sheep produce coarse wool with high tensile strength and resilience which enables the carpet pile yarn to spring back to its original form even after the heaviest traffic.
British Wool Links
British Wool Marketing Board,
Euroway Trading Estate,
Bradford BD4 6SJ
Telephone: 01274 688666
Fax: 01274 652233
Web site: www.britishwool.org.uk