The Fine Points of Mohair

August 23, 2017

Mohair throws green

Our mohair throws are increasingly popular. But do you know the difference between mohair and wool?

Mohair comes from the Angora goat, and the yarn is known for its high sheen and lustre. Because it takes dye extremely well, it is often seen in bright, vivid colors.

Until 1849, Angora goats were only bred in Ankara, Turkey; over the mid to late 1800s, they came to Europe, America, South Africa, and New Zealand. Today, South Africa is the largest producer of mohair, followed by the United States.

Mohair is a very soft yarn, and it produces a lightweight, warm fabric. One Mohair throws autumnof the drawbacks to mohair is that it is a fuzzy yarn that has a tendency to shed. For this reason, you should consider both the fabric blend and the color of your sofa. Smooth synthetic fabrics (like a polyester blend) will be less likely to show the shedding, as will colors that are similar to one another.

There are ways to minimize the shedding. For example, you can place your throw in a plastic freezer bag and put it in the freezer for a few hours. Freezing the item makes the loose fibers easier to shake out, so that a vigorous shake will release them all at once, rather than throughout the day.

Mohair also sheds more when the fabric is statically charged. Therefore, keeping the air well-humidified will cut down on static and help to reduce shedding.

Mohair throws are beautiful, soft, and warm. We want you to understand the differences between our wools – Merino, Shetland, and Mohair – so that you are thrilled with your purchase, no matter which product you choose!




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