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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
CottonWool
Natural breathable fibreNatural breathable fibre
HypoallergenicHypoallergenic
100% biodegradable100% biodegradable
RecyclableRecyclable
Machine washable at 30cMachine washable at 30c
Year-round usageYear-round usage
Differences
CottonWool
LighterHeavier
Requires more frequent washingIs 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 ironingWrinkle resistant
Absorbs moistureWicks moisture away from the body
Fibres less robustFibres more durable
Plant fibreAnimal fibre
Not fire retardantFire retardant
Breathable but not odour resistantOdour 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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