Merino Wool vs. Cashmere

When it comes to choosing the right fabric for your sweater, blanket or even socks – it’s important to understand your options. One of the most popular debates in the fabric world is the choice between cashmere or merino wool. Read on and we’ll try to sort it out:

Merino is one of the finest grades of wool. It is actually denser and flatter than cashmere, the uber popular, soft fiber from the Kashmir goats of southwest Asia. Cashmere is widely thought of as the best fabric for sweaters and the like – and as prices for this once super expensive fabric have come down, itsblanket-2 popularity has grown exponentially.

Let’s get down to brass tacks though. The debate is: Merino Wool vs. Cashmere. The problem many people see with cashmere is ‘pilling’. Pilling is defined as those annoying little fuzz balls that form on your favorite old sweaters. It’s the pilling that’s the problem with cashmere. You’ll notice that after only a couple of wearings, these little annoying fuzz balls start forming all over your sweater.

Now let’s take a look at Merino wool – guess what? No pilling. That’s right – you can say goodbye to those annoying fuzz balls for good if you choose merino wool over cashmere. There are plenty of good people who report that merino wool sweaters that are 10 years old are still looking as good as the day they were purchased.

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