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Cotton versus wool blankets which fabric is best? Image of a pile of striped wool blankets
A selection of our hand-spun and hand-woven wool blankets. Image: Studio Birch

Cotton Blankets Versus Wool Blankets.  Which Fabric Is Best?

We have been hand-weaving blankets for over eight years and one of the questions we are frequently asked is: Which fabric, cotton or wool makes a better blanket?  We have put together a comparison of cotton blankets versus wool blankets below to help you decide which fabric is right for you:

 

Similarities  
Cotton Wool
Natural breathable fibre Natural breathable fibre
Hypoallergenic Hypoallergenic
100% biodegradable 100% biodegradable
Recyclable Recyclable
Machine washable at 30c Machine washable at 30c
Year-round usage Year-round usage
Differences  
Cotton Wool
Lighter Heavier
Requires more frequent washing Is anti-static so doesn’t attract dirt and dust. The overlapping fibres, like overlapping scales, prevent dirt from penetrating the wool. Dirt stays on the top and can be shaken off or lightly vacuumed.
Requires more ironing Wrinkle resistant
Absorbs moisture Wicks moisture away from the body
Fibres less robust Fibres more durable
Plant fibre Animal fibre
Not fire retardant Fire retardant
Breathable but not odour resistant Odour resistant
Cotton versus wool blankets. Which fabric is best? Image shows four striped cotton blankets hanging from hooks
A selection of our hand-woven cotton blankets. Image: Studio Birch

Cotton versus wool blankets which fabric is best? Image of a pile of striped wool blankets

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