A throw’s versatility is unmatched. In addition to keeping you toasty on chilly winter nights, it may be used as a beautiful accent piece in the living room or as a comfortable bedspread. It’s important to know what to look for in a throw, no matter how we plan to use it. Read on; we’ve provided a helpful guide.
Definition of Material Type
In the market nowadays, you can get a plethora of throws crafted from a variety of materials. Not only do they range widely in cost, but also in the features and qualities they offer.
High-quality wool insulates against the cold, breathes in the heat, and wicks away the sweat when you sweat. It also doesn’t wrinkle and can hold its own against dirt. The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving characteristics of wool make it a popular choice for anyone suffering from arthritis, rheumatism, or other musculoskeletal conditions. Some people report feeling a tiny prick while touching a wool throw made from 100% wool. Even so, we have no doubt that it is quite toasty and entirely organic.
Choose a woolen throw with an admixture of acrylic or polyamide fibers (ideally up to a maximum of 20%) to ensure that it is warm while still being soft and not sticky. Similarly thick and toasty, the admixture makes it unnoticeable to bite and reduces its astringency.
Another great option is merino wool. Made into a throw, it is not only warm but also soft and comfortable on the skin. Thanks to the lanolin coating the Merino wool fibers, dust and mites do not build in them, making Merino wool an excellent alternative for allergy sufferers.
When it comes to textiles, Kashmir is in a league of its own. No other material, in fact, is both as plush and as effective at keeping the heat in as velvet. Because cashmere down is six times thinner than human hair, it is exceedingly fragile and, even when densely woven, weighs very little. Cashmere is also warmer than sheep’s wool. Cashmere is lightweight, absorbs just the right amount of moisture in the form of vapor, doesn’t soak up any liquid, and dries quickly. Still, those aren’t the only benefits it offers. The resilience of cashmere is also responsible for its excellent fit, rapid recovery to its original shape, and lack of creases. It is also dirt- and odor-resistant, with the added benefit of not absorbing either.
Soft, warm, and luxurious to the touch, cotton throws are a common household staple. Cotton is ideal for infant items since it is hypoallergenic, soft, and breathable. Furthermore, cotton throws require little effort to keep clean. Their weakness lies in the fact that they are both heavy and prone to crumbling. Notable are the ever-growing sales of organic cotton goods, which avoid the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides in their cultivation.
These days, fleece is arguably the most common type of fabric used to make throws. This fabric feels great against the skin, resists wrinkles, and is a breeze to maintain. Even while fleece throws are great at retaining heat, they are not breathable and do not dry out sweat. The most significant drawback is that fleece is fully synthetic and hence made and processed from chemicals of largely untraceable origin.
These items are synthetic, meaning they were manufactured wholly using chemical processes. There is no evaporation of moisture from synthetic materials since they are not porous. To begin, they are plastic by-products of dubious provenance. Softness and loft are added to the final product by combining these materials with cotton or wool. Throws manufactured entirely of acrylic/polyester are tough, soft, and resilient. Despite its wrinkle resistance, acrylic is notoriously difficult to press. Therefore, acrylic plaids rapidly become unsightly. A major drawback of acrylic or polyester throws is that they do not absorb moisture, which causes us to sweat.