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Australian interior designer lauds qualities of wool
May '13
The qualities of wool as a fabric have been commended by a noted Australian interior designer Tony Parker, former owner of Parker furniture.
Mr. Parker said the fibres procured from man-made processes do not offer durability and flexibility as wool does, reported ABC News.
The renowned designer, who has used wool exclusively in his new line of classic 1950s design, said wool breathes easily, does not crease, nor does it retain the body heat which makes it a suitable fabric for furniture.
Mr. Parker has been presenting unique Australian designs to the furniture world for more than 40 years now.
Raymond Scott, owner of Sydney-based retail store Workshopped, told ABC News, the wool used in Parker’s new line of furniture is a sustainable wool-type which is made from 53 percent ethical eco-wool and 47 per cent non-mulesed wool. It is obtained locally and is processed in Australia. This wool-type is called Mammoth wool. Minimal use of pesticides in Parker’s new line of furniture makes it user-friendly, he added.
Wool has the ability to bounce back from the most rigorous wear and tear and does not let dust settle over it. The composition of wool has a naturally high resistance to flame and heat. It is not affected by dampness and adverse temperatures. Wool’s natural anti-bacterial properties also minimize allergens. Moreover, wool-based interiors are easy to clean.
Tony Parker along with other interior designers and brands are now associated with the Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) to promote the use of wool in Australia.
AWI is a non-profit company that invests in research, development and marketing for the Australian wool industry. Owned by more than 29,000 Australian woolgrowers, the company invests in the global supply chain for Australian wool – from woolgrowers through to retailers.

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