Little beats the timeless elegance of upholstery and curtain fabric that is 100% wool. Warm, durable, tactile and each of these favourites of mine have a slight coarseness that you only really get with a natural fabric.
Ian Mankin has recently launched their first range of wools, the Ashfield Collection, which includes four great plain herringbones, Haworth, which cost £49.50 a metre. Woven at their mill in Lancashire, all the designs in the the collection are reversible, so that either side of the fabric can be used to create a different effect. Being wool they are also naturally flame-retardant without the addition of any chemicals.
Finally The Isle Mill has a more unusual Orkney range which with a slight slub is surprisingly soft to touch. Available in 16 earthy colours from Kingdom Interiors. at £64.40 a metre.
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