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The exclusive fibre blanket
The Mérinos d’Arles Antiques®, the finest wool of Europe, gives the opportunity to weave warm, soft and downy blankets for winter nights and mid-season. Naturally crimped, it brings bulkiness to the cosy blankets lovers. Double sided weaved in natural colours, it grants your bedroom a timeless decorative touch.
Unlike typical wools, Mérinos d’Arles Antiques® is not mechanically crimped. This superior wool is naturally crimped. Mérinos d’Arles Antiques® is unique as the micron size of the fibres is comparable
to that of cashmere. Most merino sheep's wool is approximately 24 μm, where-as Mérinos d’Arles Antiques® is approximately 17-19 μm. Fine cashmere is between 15-19 μm. The lower the number, the finer the fibre is.
This unique wool dates back to the Louis XVI days in France, Merino sheep were imported and cross bred with the sheep in France which are known for their exceptionally curly fleece. Remarkably the qualities of the fineness and the curliness were retained, producing a very unique, resilient and springy Merino wool. Over the passage of time and due to the wars that France had been through, the qualities of this special wool were lost as sheep were bred to produce higher yields of wool. It was several decades ago that the owners of Brun de Vian Tiran were searching for this special wool in France, they had surveyed over 1,000 sheep farms in France, remarkably only finding the wool at 1 farm. These sheep still had the original blood lines of this special Merino wool intact, a piece of Frances culture and history, just as much as Brun de Vian Tiran themselves are. These sheep have since been bred and multiplied into around 3500 today which produce exlusively for Brun de Vian Tiran. The finest wool in the whole of Europe with remarkable resilience and natural curliness without mechanical crimping make this a very special wool.
- 100% Merinos d'Arles Antique®
- Antique Merino is the absolute finest sheep's wool fibre, with a micron size comparable to cashmere
- This special wool fibre is produced exclusively for Brun de Vian-Tiran
- 350 grams per square metre (10.3 ounces per square yard)
- Origin of the fibre: France
- Binding: 100% Mérinos d’Arles Antiques® wool bias, matching colour
- Textile de France
- Fully made in France: spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing
Estimated Delivery, Shipping Costs & Availability
The Camargue Mérinos d’Arles Antiques® blanket is regularly stocked in Queen and King in Galet/Lin, Ecume uni, Gardian dessin, Anthracite/Gris moyen and Daim/Beige. When sold out or for other sizes and colours, please allow approximately 4-6 weeks for delivery from France. This item qualifies for free delivery across Canada.
Unless noted otherwise, all Brun de Vian-Tiran products are to be dry-cleaned or hand-rinsed only. Under normal conditions of use, a blanket or a quilt needs no more than one cleaning per year, as the natural fibres do not attract or retain dust, and only slightly absorb greasy substances.
Natural fibres absorb moisture rather than proteins. This is the exact opposite of synthetic fibres such as polyester, which do not absorb moisture, yet absorb proteins. For this reason, synthetic fibres do not stay hygenic for very long, where-as natural fibres do.
To hand-rinse your blanket, simply fill a bathtub with cool water and a small amount of mild pure soap. Dip the blanket gently into the tub, do not agitate. Allow the blanket to soak for a few hours. Drain the tub, fill once again with cool water, without detergent to rinse. Do not wring the blanket, simply allow to air dry. To speed up the process, you may roll the blanket in towels to help remove moisture.
In addition to the sizes listed on this page, this item may be available in additional pre-made sizes and there also exists the possibility of custom sizing. Please email or call 1-877-750-1212 to inquire.
Textile de France
All blankets crafted by this incomparable manufacturer include the "Textile de France" certificate. This means that each blanket is fully made in France: spinning, weaving, dyeing and finishing. This is very different from an item being labelled as "Made in France." This label means such a product could be finished in France, but with fabrics which were imported from elsewhere.
Eight Generations of Manufacturers
Since 1808, the year when Laurent Vian and Charles Tiran set up their wool mill on the banks of the Sorgue River in Vaucluse, eight generations of uninterrupted family tradition have carried on the wool master's trade at the Brun de Vian-Tiran factory.
Specialist in Natural Fibres
Inventor of the 100% mohair blanket in 1962, today Brun de Vian-Tiran creates blankets and throws in Peruvian and Bolivian Alpaca and Llama, in Iranian, Chinese and Mongolian cashmere, in Yak, in Asian camel, in merino from France and from Australia and of course much more.