Blankets and throws
Angora is a textile fibre which comes from the hair of the Angora rabbit. The hair is shorn or combed out two to three times a year. The Angora rabbit has some of the softest and finest hair in the animal kingdom. A unique natural hair, it has a natural hollow fibre, a type of air core. These internal hollow chambers make for outstanding heat insulation properties and provide the ideal conditions for optimum heat regulation. Angora is used for thermal underwear and in heat therapy. The Erwin Müller product range features angora underwear and sleepwear, as well as an angora blanket. Did you also know that the name angora can be traced back to the old name for the city of Ankara? The angora goat native to the region (mohair) and later the rabbit, whose hair is without doubt on an equal par with the fine angora goat, were named after the city.
Cashmere, the soft fibres from the fleecy hair of the goat that is native to the Kashmir mountains of central Asia, dates back as far as Roman times. Rather than being clipped, the hairs are combed out by hand and then washed, also by hand. Each goat will only produce approximately 150 g of wool per year, hence the material's high price. Cashmere is one of the most precious and most expensive natural textiles in the world. It is famous for its fineness, softness and lightness; cashmere fibres have a soft, flowing feel. Its heat retention capacity is just as impressive. The Erwin Müller range features blankets, plaids and throws made from pure cashmere as well as from cashmere mixes.
Camel hair is a high-quality material which comes from the two-humped camels which live in the desert or on the uplands of eastern and central Asia. The fine wavy hairs, which are silky in appearance and usually light brown in colour, come from the animals' chests. One camel can shed up to five kilograms of chest hair each year. The rough outer hair is thin and coarse and the inner coat is fine and crimpy. The hairs are neither shaved off nor combed out. They fall out naturally in clumps in spring. Blankets and fillings made from camel hair are light, temperature-regulating, comfortable, non-fuzz and warm; they can transport humidity swiftly away from the body.
Fine, soft slightly curly hair of the South American llama. This material is characterised by its precious sheen, high durability and longevity.
This is the first wool of a young lamb. This is why it is so soft, fleecy and skin-friendly. Pure new wool ensures a comfortable climate; its fibres can absorb up to 33% of their own weight in moisture and slowly release it to the outside without feeling moist.
Lyocell is a new development. Lyocell is a natural fibre made from cellulose (the main constituent of plant cells). It is produced using a solvent spinning process like that used in the production of viscose. Lyocell is used in a variety of applications. It can be mixed with silk to produce the luxury material lyosilk, an ideal compound material for bed sheets (since the silk absorbs moisture and the lyocell stores it). The new filling material known as lyofill is a minor miracle in terms of climate control. This super lightweight filling material is made from 60% lyocell (a natural fibre made from wood) and 40% polyester hollowfibres. Lyofill combines the advantages of many fibres: it is fine like silk, strong like polyester, easy-care like acrylic, cool and pleasant like linen, warm like wool and can absorb more moisture than cotton. It is machine-washable at 60°. Lyocell is also known by the brand name Tencel.
New wool/merino wool
Pure wool can store up to 85% air in its bulky fibres. Accordingly, it is an excellent insulator and has good heat storage properties. It retains body heat and prevents cold and even heat penetrating from the outside. It is also able to absorb the moisture produced by perspiration during sleep and release it slowly to the outside. Wool is resistant to soiling and virtually crease-resistant since the fibres are highly elastic. Its good self-cleaning ability means that simply shaking and airing often suffice. The fine-wool sheep breeds, which originate from Spain, supply relatively short but very fine and curly fibres which are four times finer than human hair. These fibres are processed to produce high-quality worsted yarns. Erwin Müller's portfolio includes washable blankets, mattress covers and pillows made from 100% merino wool.
Silk is a textile fibre produced from the cocoons of silkworms, the larva of the silk moth. It is the only endless fibre available naturally. Silk originates from China and was formerly a major commodity transported to Europe via the Silk Route. Even today, the major share of the world's silk is still produced in China, although Japan and India also produce significant amounts. Genuine silk is rare and correspondingly expensive. Silk is soft, light, smooth, a very good insulator of heat and can regulate moisture.
is the most popular textile fibre in the world. And for good reason. 100% cotton is biodegradable, breathable, and can regulate temperature and humidity. It is able to absorb up to 20% of its own weight in liquid without feeling damp to the touch. Cotton materials feel very comfortable against the skin (they do not "scratch") and agreeable to allergy sufferers.
Certified organic cotton
Cotton has been cultivated from many varieties of the mallow family for thousands of years in tropical and subtropical regions. The Egyptians were working with cotton as long ago as 12,000 B.C. In Babylon, cotton was referred to as "white gold". Alexander the Great brought cotton to Europe from India in 325 B.C. Since then, cotton has become the unrivalled king of the textiles and is now the most important and most widely used natural fibre in the world. Little wonder, since cotton is soft, does not tear, is hard-wearing, skin-friendly, highly absorbent, resistant to heat and also easy-care. Cotton stores moisture such as sweat, salt, acids and fats in the cavities of its fibres ready for release during the washing process. However, its mass cultivation in Egypt and other sub-tropical regions was often to the detriment of the environment and plant. But there is an alternative: certified organic cotton. No artificial fertilizers, pesticides or defoliants are used in the production of certified organic cotton. Genetically modified plants are also banned. Crops are harvested by hand. A fair trade policy is in place to support producers. End users too can rest easy since no agents or processes which might be harmful to the environment are used in onward processing. Certified organic cotton is particularly skin-friendly. Since it is non-irritating and hypoallergenic, it is particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin. The first certified organic cotton product to be offered for sale by Erwin Müller is a throw by David Fussenegger.
The most impressive features of this synthetic fibre are its ability to retain its shape and its insulating properties. This soft and elastic material combines high heat retention capacity with light weight. Other features include resistance to heat and light; it is also mothproof, and weatherproof. It has a relatively low pilling tendency.
As the name "micro" suggests, micro fibres are very fine - even thinner than natural silk. Accordingly, they can absorb more moisture than any cotton fibre. Perspiration is therefore easily absorbed and released into the air. This ensures that the skin remains dry at all times. Despite the fine fibres, a substantial air lock is created to ensure excellent heat retention and high breathability. Enjoy comfortable quality with a soft peach-skin feeling achieved by the light brushing of the fabrics. As pollen and mites cannot settle in the fabric, micro fibres are also the ideal choice for people suffering from allergies. These products are particularly easy-care, suitable for tumble drying and, subject to compliance with the care instructions, non pilling and non-iron. Colour intensity is retained even after frequent washing. Micro fibres are made from 100% polyester. 60°C wash.