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Merino Wool

Merino is a sheep breed originated in Spain during 12th century, then developed mainly in Australia and finally introduced in Latin America in the late 19th century. The merino is renowned around the world for the exceptional qualities of its wool, which is at once soft, tough and ultrafine. It is probably the most known wool breed and it is famous for Fine, Superfine and Extrafine wool (from 14my to 23 micron). This wool is mainly used for apparel products.

The highest-grade merino wool is mainly used in Italian knitwear. In small family workshops in Biella, it is knitted using high-precision, ancestral skills not found anywhere else on the planet. Working for the world’s leading brands, the craftsmen produce unusually elegant knitwear to accessorize outfits displayed in the most beautiful luxury boutiques of Via Montenapoleone in Milano, Fifth Avenue in New York and rue du Faubourg- Saint-Honoré in Paris.

How can the sales people help but praise the intrinsic qualities of such an unmatched natural fabric – softer than cashmere – that was created just a few years earlier in the heart of
Patagonia.

An exceptional wool fiber arising from the heart of Patagonia.

Merino Wool

The sheering by the shepherds is usually a ten minute operation, performed entirely by hand, requiring great dexterity to remove the wool from all over the animal, including around the eyes and ears. The resulting greasy wool is purchased by Chargeurs directly from local ranchers, who are generally long-time partners.

As a result, in addition to offering premium-quality wool, the Group can provide customers with information about the origin and treatment of the animals, in a core commitment to traceability.

Our multi sourcing channels

One of Chargeurs Luxuy Materials main strength is the capability to source wool everywhere and comb the greasy wool locally. We are a global wool top supplier, able to offer comprehensive solutions in term of ORIGIN, BREED, FINENESS and wool characteristics.

ARGENTINA
Patagonia

One of the world’s foremost sheep farming areas. The Patagonian grasslands consist of vast steppes stretching as far as the eye can see to the foothills of the Andes. It is here, in this sparse, wild landscape, that herds of merino sheep graze freely and undisturbed.

ARGENTINA<br>Patagonia

URUGUAY

Uruguay is the second smallest country on the continent of South America. Thanks to excellent climate and environmental condition, the approximate 6,5 million sheep flock can graze all year round. All ingredients are reunited for a thoroughly favorable to high quality merino wool production.

URUGUAY

AUSTRALIA
Tasmania

Tasmania, the largest Australian island in the south-west of the continent, is abounding in natural wonders. This luxuriant island with excellent air quality and temperate climate is home to more than 3 million merino sheep. These sheep leave voluntarily away from the human populations during the majority of the year, can enjoy a framework of life with breathtaking reliefs, which allows them to produce one of the finest merino wools in the world.

AUSTRALIA<br>Tasmania

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is the country with the highest density of sheep in the world with a total of more than 27 million. The North Island of New Zealand is populated by cross bred sheep due mainly to the climatic conditions whereas the drier souther part is the most suitable for Merino sheep leaving more space for the animals.

NEW ZEALAND

UNITED STATES

Chargeurs maintains a longstanding relationship with sheep growers, wool buyers, coops, and greasy wool warehouses in all wool producing regions across the United States. Only the best wools are acquired for each blend to match perfectly with the customer’s expectation so ongoing customer programs receive consistent blends year after year.

UNITED STATES

Why wool ?

Wool in an entirely natural fiber grown year-round. A wool fiber is composed of a natural protein called keratin that is biodegradable, similar to the protein found in human hair. Wool is a 100% sustainable fiber.

The extreme weather conditions in the Merino wool producing regions, i.e. very hot summers​ trasting with cold winters, that give Merino wool the qualities for which it is famous. The​ ​wool adapts naturally to these strong contrasts. During winter, the wool is warm but still​ ​breathable. During summer, the wool absorbs moisture without causing body odors.​ ​Because it is comfortable, resistant, breathable and easy-care (no pilling and simple to​ ​wash), Merino wool is ideal for making luxury fashionwear as well as high-end technical​ ​sportswear​.

Wool is the unique natural fiber to have these positive features:

We supply a valuable resource
Wool is sustainable
  • Renewable: as sheep produce a new fleece every year.

  • Biodegradable: when dispose of, wool decomposes in soil and slowly release valuable nitrogen-based nutrient back into earth, acting like fertilizer.

  • Recyclable: It is always possible to re-use an old wool garment producing "new" recycled wool yarn
Wool is Natural
  • Very breathable

  • Less processing needed to make it usable

  • Scientists tried to reproduce its properties synthetically – they failed
Wool is Animal Friendly
  • No sheep are killed in the harvesting of wool
Completely natural
Wool is Absorbent
  • Absorbs 30% of its weight compared to cotton’s 15% absorption

  • Good leak control for use in disposable nappies
Wool is Insulation
  • Higher thermal and acoustic ratings over other products

  • Reduces peak humidity levels and condensation
Wool is Comfort
  • Regulated body temperature

  • Warm in winter and cooler in summer

  • Possesses natural moisture-wicking properties
Wool is Health
  • Promotes healing

  • Releases Stress

  • Provide Cushioning and reduces pressure

  • Reduce pain and swelling

  • Promotes relaxation and restorative sleep
Soft Confortable
Wool is Durable
  • Return to its original shape better than cotton and synthetic materials

  • Resistant to tearing

  • Resilient
Wool is Cleaner
  • Naturally soil and stain resistant

  • Requires less cleaning than synthetic

  • Attract less dirt and dust due to anti-static properties
Wool is Hypoallergenic
  • Resistant to bacteria, mould and mildew

  • Reduces dust mite activity
EASY TO CARE FOR
Wool is Flame Resistant
  • Less combustible than cotton and synthetic materials

  • Naturally fire retardant

  • Will not melt or cling to the skin

  • The fiber of choice for casinos and airlines
Wool is Value
  • Products can last for 15 or 20 years (or more)

  • Out performs and out wears all other bedding fabrics
Soft Confortable
wool’s variety of uses

Thanks to its many features, wool has a huge variety of uses.

Apparel Apparel
SWEATER
From 15 to 21 micron
MEN'S SUITS
From 14 to 22 micron
SOCK
From 20 to 27 micron
UNDERWEAR
From 16 to 19,5 micron
ACTIVE WEAR
(blend with other fibers)
From 17 to 23 micron
JACKETS INSULATION
From 30 to 40 micron
Home bulding Home
bulding
WOOL
INSULATION
(Thermal and
Acoustic)
Any fineness, but mainly
coarse wool
30 micron and over
Automotive automotive
SEATS WOOL
FABRIC
From 25 to 30 micron
Interior decoration interior
decoration
WOOL CARPET
From 27 to 35 micron
WOOL UPHOLSTERY
From 27 to 35 micron
MATTRESSES
40 micron and over
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