Woven using only the softest, downiest wool, our alpaca blankets are simply irresistible.
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Woven using only the softest, downiest wool, our alpaca blankets are simply irresistible.
An alpaca blanket has many advantages which makes it a worthy investment for any home. Sumptuously soft, incredibly warm, hypoallergenic and durable, a blanket made of this fibre is perfect for (almost) every room in the house, and even suitable for babies and young children.
While it is considered a luxury fibre and is high in the silky softness stakes, alpaca blankets are cheaper than cashmere and only marginally more expensive than sheep's wool. If you consider the fact that, a good quality design will last you your entire lifetime, they are actually incredibly affordable, and an investment you'll never regret.
Alpacas are native to the Peruvian highlands, where temperatures often fall well below zero degrees. The animals' coat is their only protection against this bitter cold, and so their wool possesss extremely effective insulating properties. How? Alpaca wool is naturally insulating and heat-regulating thanks to its hollow fibres.
Similar to mohair blankets, these special hollow yarns actually trap your body heat more effectively than wool, and so help to keep you warm and cosy, even on the coldest of days. Because alpaca has a natural fuzz, too (unlike cotton blankets, for example), the warm air is further trapped and so warms you up, while remaining breathable, so you won't sweat or overheat like unbreathable, synthetic fibres.
This fibre is a good choice for young children, whose skin is more delicate, and people with sensitive skin because it is particularly soft and supple. For people who find sheep's wool to be prickly, too, an alpaca blanket offers cosy comfort.
Alpaca wool feels similar to very fine merino wool, and can also be compared to cashmere blankets. Unlike merino wool, however, 100% baby alpaca wool is warmer, and unlike cashmere, which can be outside of many people's budget, even the finest baby alpaca yarns are comparatively affordable!
Occasionally, alpaca wool will be blended with another wool before the yarns are woven into a throw; and there are several reasons for this, depending of what fibre it has been mixed with.
Using alpaca yarns in mohair blankets make it stronger and denser, since mohair wool is incredibly light and silky, making it difficult to weave along. By adding alpaca wool, which is naturally extremely durable and long-lasting, the mohair fibres can be woven onto the base for a fluffy and durable pile.
Alpaca is also blended with standard sheep's wool. Doing this decreases the price of the blanket (since wool is cheaper and less rare than alpaca), but gives the overall design a softer, warmer feel because it takes away the prickly feeling that wool blankets can sometimes have.
Occasionally, alpaca is also blended with cashmere. Alpaca- cashmere blankets are cheaper than 100% pure cashmere blankets, since cashmere is one of the rarest and most labour intensive fibres to produce. The blend, however, still creates a home accessory that is delightfully soft, sumptuous, and luxurious: the perfect thing to treat yourself with.
Thanks to their extremely soft fibres, alpaca blankets have a natural lustre that catch the light, making them look and feel simply luxurious. For this reason, these simple home accessories can really add a touch of style and elegance to your home, helping it look and feel more stylish, but also more comfortable.
At URBANARA, our affordable and high-quality range of alpaca blankets are available in dozens of colours, hues, patterns and designs. Whether you're looking for a thick, rustic looking design for a traditional living room, or a pop of bright colour for a modern bedroom, or an elegant style with tassels or fringing, we've got a beautiful alpaca blanket for all styles and budgets.
In the living room, drape one over your lounge or sofa for an extra touch of comfort and flair. On your next movie night or when you're curling up on the couch on a lazy Sunday, you're bound to reach for it time and time again. If you're looking to redecorate or give your living room a bit of a lift, you don't need to invest in new furniture for a fresh new look. An alpaca blanket in a complementary or contrasting hue will give life to an old couch. Check to see whether there are matching cushions available too: often, a you'll be able to pick up cushions in the same (or a similar) fabric and design, helping to give the room a professionally designed look.
Because alpaca is a versatile fibre that can be woven into different finishes, there are lots of different knits and weaves available.
A chunky basket weave, for example, would be the finishing touch in a room with traditional décor, but also help to soften the look of a sleek, contemporary style room: especially if it has fringing.
For a more lustrous finish, a smooth twill weave produces and extremely fine, light blanket that is nonetheless durable and resilient, and has an absolutely stunning drape that will look velvety when draped over the arm of your furniture.
For a two-toned or patterned design, a jacquard woven alpaca blanket produces gorgeous intricate finishes that are beautiful from afar and up close. This style is perfect if you're looking to introduce a little texture and pattern into your room, but want something elegant and refined.
In addition to bedspreads and quilts, an alpaca throw can be a welcome extra layer in the middle of winter. Especially because it's so warm despite being lightweight, this humble accessory drapes over your bed will keep you super warm and cosy, without feeling like you've been the victim of a blanket avalanche.
Not just at nighttime, this home textile will become a firm favourite during the day, too, when you're reclining on your bed and reading or relaxing at the weekends. Because alpaca is hypoallergenic, it will help promote healthy and deep sleep, even for those who suffer from allergies. And unlike synthetic fibres which actually attract dust (not exactly what you want from your bed linen!), alpaca wool is antistatic and won't attract nasty bed mites or allergens.
When looking for an alpaca blanket for the bed, consider how warm you'd like it to be: the heavier the blanket, the more wool that is used and thus the thicker it will be, keeping you warmer than a thin design. To check the weight of each of URBANARA's alpaca blankets, simply refer to the 'Details' section, available as a concertina drop-down on each product page.
Because alpaca wool is soft, warm and lustrous, they are considered luxury blankets, making the perfect gift for someone special. There's simply no such thing as too many blankets, so whether they use it in the guest room, in the living room, the bedroom, as a kids' blanket or as a throw for their shoulders when they're sitting outside on chilly nights, it's a versatile gift that everyone is sure to love.
To make your gift extra special, you could also consider embroidering it with an individual message, a special date or their initials with our product personalisation service. To find out more about how to make it really theirs, simple get in touch with our friendly customer service team via our contact form, or call 0800 77 97 527 for free from the mainland UK for more information.
At URBANARA, we have scoured the globe to find the perfect partner suppliers to produce our alpaca blanket collections. Each of our blankets is lovingly made in Peru with the highest grade, 100% baby and young alpaca wool. What's more, many of our collections are certified with Fairtrade, OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 or other independent certifications ensuring that you're only getting the best.
Each of our blankets goes through a rigorous quality control system, and we make sure to include as many details about our products online as possible, so you can shop confidently. But if in the case you don't absolutely love your product, or it doesn't look quite how you imagined it would in your home, you can return it free within 100 days, no questions asked. In addition, when you shop online with us, all orders over the value of £50 are delivered free to the mainland UK, always, no exceptions. This applies for gifts, too, so if you're looking for the perfect house warming present for a loved one, or a gorgeous, long-lasting gift for a wedding present or special occasion, know that buying alpaca blankets online from Urbanara UK is easy and stress-free... just the way it should be.
When buying an alpaca blanket online, there are many sizes available for alpaca blankets. For kids' blankets or a baby blanket, you may like to opt for something slightly smaller, or even a knee blanket which is around 70 x 100 cm in size. For a throw for the lounge or sofa, something slightly bigger, in 140 x 170 cm for example, will ensure that you can comfortably wrap up while reading or watching a film, or even share it with someone (if absolutely necessary). If you're looking for an alpaca throw for the bed, opt for a large or extra large size to ensure that you're fully covered; URBANARA sells a variety of sizes and even baby alpaca blankets up to 140 x 220 cm... so there'll be plenty of blanket to snuggle up in.