Wool Is Trending Again!!
The word is that wool is trending again and slowly taking over its foam contender. The joy of wool to the UK market is astronomical. We have always been known even more so in Rochdale for our high quality textile industry.
The History Of Memory Foam
The filling of choice is slowly turning back to wool which is fantastic news. In 1991 the first memory foam mattress was released by Tempur World. This is when wool and natural fibre mattresses became less popular. Firstly developed in 1966 was Memory foam under a contract by NASA’s Ames Research Centre to improve the safety of aircraft cushions. Memory foam was then released for public use in the early 1980’s. Memory foam was initially too expensive for widespread use, but became cheaper.
Its heat-retaining properties may help some pain sufferers who find the added warmth helps to decrease the pain. Unfortunately, the heat-retaining properties can also be a downside when used in mattresses and pillows so in the second generation memory foam, companies began using open cell structure to better help with breathability. In 2006, the third generation of memory foam was introduced. Gel visco or gel memory foam consists of gel particles fused with visco foam to reduce trapped body heat.
It is a constant battle for manufactures of memory foam to keep people cool through their nights sleep.
Early mattresses stretching back over 77,000 years ago contained a variety of natural materials including straw, feathers or horse hair. Wool and other natural materials have a high absorbency rate which means they are fantastic at regulating your body temperature.
Here at Saddleworth Beds we are seeing a definite rise in Rochdale and Saddleworth for people wanting more of a natural sleep. To keep up with demand we now offer wool blankets, pillows and mattress protectors. Our wool products are all sourced from U.K farms which is great news due to the set rise on imported prices after Brexit. We are also seeing a larger interest in the more luxurious alpaca wool.