SLUMP IN THE MEADOWS.
The SOLLEN family is growing with this collection of cushions bearing the brand’s monogram. A singular design where the letters intertwine harmoniously to form a graphic and sophisticated seal.
Innovation and know-how are the key words of the SOLLEN spirit. For our first range of cushions, it is on the Basque Country that our glance was posed. By using the wool of Manex sheep, SOLLEN continues its commitment to the development of a natural, local and sustainable raw material.
Manex sheep wool trim from the Basque Country.
Cushion cover with ultra soft velvet effect (100% pes, 380 gr/m2). Invisible closure.
Location of production: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.
Designer : Emmanuelle Demaegt.
A story of sheep
550,000 sheep in the Basque Country
This wool is a renewable resource from Manech redheaded (53%), Manech blackheaded (21%) and Basco-Béarnaise (18%) ewes, most of which are raised for their milk. The dairy basin and its PDO for the production of Ossau-Iraty are located in the Atlantic Pyrenees, with 85% of the farms in the Basque Country.
In the 2019 mowing season, only 340 tons were collected. Approximately 860 tons remained on the farms. Fleeces are no longer exploited in favor of synthetic materials almost exclusively based on petroleum.
The farmer finds himself in a restrictive situation since the wool is also refused in the waste disposal center. It is with reluctance and not without difficulty that they burn it, taking the risk of being ticketed.
A history of wool
Wool is produced by living organisms for a specific purpose: to protect them from bad weather, heat and cold. It grows naturally without the help of man.
Because of its porous structure, wool fiber is one of the most breathable. Hollow, it can absorb up to 30% of its mass in moisture without looking wet, and can release it easily.
The inherent chemical structure of wool makes it naturally non-flammable, which is why this natural fiber is a must for upholstery and fabrics. In addition, and unlike other materials (cotton, nylon, polyester ..), wool does not melt and does not stick to the skin.
Over the centuries and through domestication, sheep have lost their ability to shed their fleeces. Thus, every year, wool grows on these sheep, forcing us to shear them. On average, a Manech fleece weighs about 2 kilos in wool.
Wool adapts to temperature changes. It allows you to stay warm when it’s cold, and to stay cool as soon as temperatures rise. Many studies have shown the benefits of wool on sleep and on the regulation of body temperature.
All paints, glues and synthetic materials release molecules that are harmful to health such as formaldehyde. The wool allows to absorb these volatile organic molecules, cleaning the surrounding air. She takes care of us!
When discarded, if the wool is kept in a warm, moist environment or buried in the soil, bacterial or fungal colonies will develop. These produce enzymes that digest the wool. The wool thus gives back to the soil nitrogen, sulfur and magnesium, which are used to feed the plants.
The hygroscopic properties of the fiber allow it to absorb a large amount of moisture and odors.
Resilient and resistant
Its wrinkle-free character, reflects its mechanical properties and its resistance. This is a necessary quality for upholstery as it will return to its original shape after applying stress. However, the wool is likely to settle or felt, but it is infinitely cardable, to give it back its original swelling.