DROP INTO THE MEADOWS.
The SOLLEN family is expanding with this collection of cushions bearing the brand's monogram. A unique 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’s on the Basque country what our gaze was. Using wool from Manex sheep, SOLLEN continues its commitment to the valorization of a natural, local and sustainable raw material.
Trimming in Manex sheep wool from the Basque Country.
Cushion cover with ultra soft touch velvet effect (100% pes, 380 gr/m2). Invisible closure.
Place of production : New Aquitaine, France.
Designate : Emmanuelle Demaegt.
A story of sheep
550,000 sheep in the Basque Country
This wool constitutes a renewable resource from Manech têtes rouses (53%), Manech têtes noirs (21%) and Basco-Béarnaise (18%) ewes, the vast majority of which are raised for their milk. The dairy basin and its AOP for making Ossau-Iraty are located in the Pyrénées Atlantiques department, with 85% farms in the Basque Country.
During the 2019 mowing season, only 340 tonnes were collected. Around 860 tonnes remained on 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 at the recycling center. It is reluctantly and not without difficulty that they burn it, taking the risk of being fined.
A story 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 human help.
Due to its porous structure, wool fiber is one of the most breathable. Hollow, it can absorb up to 30% of its mass in moisture without appearing wet, and can release it easily.
The chemical structure inherent in wool makes it naturally non-flammable, which is why this natural fiber has an essential quality for upholstery as well as for textiles. In addition, and unlike other materials (cotton, nylon, polyester, etc.), wool does not melt or stick to the skin.
Over the centuries and domestication, sheep have lost their ability to shed their fleeces. So, every year, wool grows on these sheep, forcing us to shear them. On average, a Manech fleece weighs around 2 kilos in suet.
Wool adapts to temperature changes. It allows you to be warm when it's cold, and to stay cool as soon as the temperatures rise. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of wool on sleep and on regulating body temperature.
All paints, glues and synthetic materials release molecules harmful to health such as formaldehyde. Wool helps absorb these volatile organic molecules, cleaning the surrounding air. She takes care of us!
When discarded, if wool is kept in a warm, humid environment or buried in the ground, bacterial or fungal colonies will develop. These produce enzymes that digest the wool. The wool thus restores nitrogen, sulfur and magnesium to the soil, which are used to nourish the plants.
The hygroscopic properties of the fiber allow it to absorb a large amount of humidity and odors.
Resilient and resistant
Its wrinkle-resistant nature reflects its mechanical properties and its resistance. This is a necessary quality for padding since it will return to its original shape after applying stress. However, the wool risks bunching or felting, but it can be carded infinitely, to restore its original loft.