It’s official. Autumn is here, and is the harbinger of colder days to come. Unexpected? Yes, because we swear we spent last weekend sitting by the seaside. Unwelcome? Well, not exactly. But only because autumn means warm weather accessories, and cosying up by the fire is something that we get legitimately excited about. Enthusiasm for cold weather though is only possible with a winter ‘toolkit’ – so here’s a little round up of woolly accessories that are practically cold weather-proof.
Wool is to winter as linen is to summer
Autumn and winter is the time that we move collectively indoors, and wool becomes the star material of the season. Whether as a jumper, scarf, cushion or blanket, woollen accessories are warm, comforting and soft – all the things that you need to (happily) greet the season. Sarongs are replaced with wool blankets, fans and hammocks make ways for piles of knit cushions, and we don thick woollen socks in lieu of open sandals. These you already know, but here are some more ideas on how to introduce and style woollen accessories in your home.
Cashmere accessories: luxurious cushions & blankets
Sheep’s wool is an earthy, wholesome fibre that has a natural rugged beauty, and its durable finish is part of its charm. But this isn’t always the look you’re going for. When a little delicacy and refinement is in order, cashmere is a luxurious alternative. Cashmere, shorn from Cashmere goats native to Mongolia, has much finer fibres which create a silky, sumptuous finish with a slight sheen.
To give your room a sophisticated edge, scatter cashmere cushions on your sofa or bed. Pair with a matching cashmere blanket (which you’ll want to carry with you, Linus-style, around the house) for a sophisticated finish. For something peppier, mix and match colours and patterns, or even cashmere blends for added texture. Just remember to par down the colours of your sofa and bed accessories if your furniture or bedclothes are brightly coloured.
Keep especially warm with alpaca blankets
Alpaca wool, and especially baby alpaca wool, is not only extra fine and super soft, but also five times warmer than sheep's wool thanks to its hollow fibres, which help trap heat. It’s the fibre for those who are notoriously the coldest person in the room. It’s one of the world’s softest fibres, and is still mostly harvested and woven in high-altitude areas in South America, where it serves to protect the native llama-like alpacas from the bitterly low temperatures. These properties make them wonderfully soft, breathable, and hypoallergenic covers for when it’s cold out.
ARICA ALPACA BLANKET
CORCOVADO ALPACA BLANKET
UTILA ALPACA BLANKET
OROYA ALPACA BLANKET
TAHUA ALPACA BLANKET
Textural mohair blankets bring colour to your home
The Angora goat’s mohair wool takes dyes particularly well, creating a shiny, deeply coloured finish. Vibrant accents give life to your home on grey days, and recall you to the colourful landscapes of autumn. Blankets made of mohair are also beautifully warm and naturally durable, because the wool not felted. Mohair blankets are ideal for autumn decorating and combine practicality with beauty.
Textured Accessories for that wintery feeling
Woollen rugs, cushions and scarves aren’t the only things that work well in this wonder-fibre: small knitted accessories and big, textured rugs can also help to warm up the season, and have the added advantage of having a wholesome, rustic look. Chunky or shaggy rugs, lambswool gloves, and kids’ playthings also work well to give a room (and yourself) a warm feeling.
VAALA SLIPPER SOCKS