Carded wool and combed wool
The first major difference is between two large families, that of carded wool and that of combed wool. In the mill, the freshly sheared raw wool is washed, beaten and lubricated. The shorter and thicker fibers are used for carded wool
, which is therefore heavier than average, has a soft, slightly puffy, hairy appearance and is very warm. Among carded wools, cashmere is the most sophisticated and silky of all
Combed wool is born from the raw material’s longer, thinner fibers, and it looks smoother. Slim and lightweight, it loses its hairiness through the "combing" process, which consists in ordering the fibers and selecting only the longer ones. Zanone’s pateted Flexwool
is an excellent example of a combed yarn, originating from highly selected Australian varieties and processed in Italy through advanced spinning technology, in order to obtain an extremely thin and light mesh.