Homes & Gardens - - PRO­MO­TIONAL FEA­TURE - Bronte by Moon, bron­te­by­moon.co.uk.

Opened in 1837, Leeds-based Abra­ham Moon & Sons is one of the last re­main­ing ver­ti­cal woollen mills in Bri­tain. In 2009 the com­pany launched Bronte By Moon, a col­lec­tion of blan­kets, throws and home ac­ces­sories. De­sign direc­tor Martin Ave­yard re­veals more.

We search the world to find the best wool. Qual­ity is key for us, so the farms we choose to buy wool from and the way the sheep are raised are very im­por­tant. Our merino lamb­swool is pre­dom­i­nantly from South Africa, our Shet­land-qual­ity pure new wool is from New Zealand and the al­paca for our new range of throws is from the Peru­vian An­des.

Peo­ple are now more ad­ven­tur­ous with colour and pat­tern,

adopt­ing their own style rather than fol­low­ing a trend. Our lat­est col­lec­tion of throws and cush­ions is in­spired by na­ture, from a clas­sic red and blue nau­ti­cal theme to ex­u­ber­ant wild­flow­ers and pink bou­quets with a twist.

Wool is like a spring – it has a nat­u­ral crimp that al­lows it

to re­turn to its shape. Its com­plex coiled struc­ture gives it great re­silience against be­com­ing flat and hard. This means that up­hol­ster­ing fur­ni­ture in wool is a great in­vest­ment. Wool fi­bre can be bent 20,000 times with­out break­ing. It has ex­cel­lent pow­ers of re­cov­ery.

Our mill is ver­ti­cal. This means that every stage of mak­ing takes place in-house, from de­sign de­vel­op­ment and sourc­ing raw wool to dye­ing, blend­ing, card­ing, yarn spin­ning, warp­ing, weav­ing and fin­ish­ing. Moon is the only ver­ti­cal mill left in Eng­land and this en­dur­ing her­itage is very im­por­tant to us. We have fam­i­lies who have had three gen­er­a­tions work­ing in the mill and we at­tract new tal­ent by o≠er­ing ap­pren­tice­ships.

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