All our blankets are made of genuine Norwegian wool of the highest quality, which gives them a warm, soft and comfortable feeling with a very special finish that only natural materials can provide. The blankets combine tradition with innovation and, like Falu Rödfärg, they last for generations.
We asked ourselves why Falu Rödfärg should only enrich our external environment. So, we asked designer Mia Svalänge to help us to offer homes a splash of Falu Rödfärg on the inside as well. The result was a blanket, or rather a work of art in the form of a blanket, which tells the story of Falu Rödfärg’s origin and its interaction with the Swedish landscape.
Falu Rödfärg’s blankets and seat cushions are double-woven with two-thread wool yarn on looms. The density and choice of wool guarantee the excellent quality. The wool yarn is woven tightly at 14-16 per cm, compared with ordinary textiles that have about 5 per cm. It is therefore the density that ensures the high quality.
The wool is sourced from sheep that are outdoors all year round in harsh weather conditions. They develop a thick so-called blanket wool with fibres that provide very good insulation and heat-retaining properties.
Once the blankets and seat cushions are weaved, they are washed and roughed and then flat-dried. Hot steam is then injected to make the textiles as fluffy, soft and warm as possible. Finally, the products are edged by hand and the brand label is sewn on.
Double weaving can be traced back to the Swedish Middle Ages where it appeared in several types of carpet fabrics. Double weaving is characterised by two or more colours where the patterns are almost the same on both sides but the colours vary. The fabrics have been considered Swedish but could possibly come from Italy. The patterns are simplifications of magnificent Italian fabrics and usually consist of symmetrically arranged small trees with paired birds.
Jacquard looms were created by the inventor Joseph-Marie Jacquard. The most common are mechanically controlled, but there are also manual ones. In 1805, the loom was patented and seven years later over 11,000 were in use in France. The biggest difference compared to the traditional loom is that each thread can be controlled independently of the others. Up to 1792 warp threads can thus be controlled completely separately from the up and down movements of the other threads. Electronically controlled jacquard looms can control nearly 10,000 threads independently of each other.
Wool fibre has small scales that are mobile depending on the fibre’s moisture absorption. This means that the wool can be felted, which happens to some extent during the carding when the fibres hook into each other and make the product tight. The wool fibre has the ability to absorb up to 40% of its own weight in moisture, while being water-repellent. The wool’s insulating properties are maintained even when it is damp. Wool textiles have the ability to clean themselves with the help of the air and sun, which means that they do not need to be washed as often if they are aired at regular intervals. In the event of stains or more severe soiling, wash the textiles in 30 degrees hand wash or wool wash programme with wool/fine detergent. The textiles should be moved as little as possible during washing to avoid felting. The wool is rot-resistant and can be used as insulation in houses or in some cases reused as rag paper.