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Material: 100% Middle Atlas Wool Yardage: Approx. 55 yards Weight: 100 grams WPI: 7 Knitting Gauge: Stockinette Stitch with US 11 (8mm) needles = 9 stitches / 13 rows in 4 inches Care: Hand Wash; Color Fast to 120•F
Middle Atlas Bulky 2-ply is a type of yarn used by weavers in Morocco's Middle Atlas Mountains to create pile rugs like the famous Beni Ourain, which is made by artisans from the Beni Ourain tribe who live in the Middle Atlas Mountains southeast of Fes.
Our Middle Atlas Bulky 2-ply is processed and spun by weavers ofThe AnouCooperative community. They use carders and long wooden spindles. The yarn is spun from a woolen preparation and spun with a woolen draft. It takes a bit more time to spin the Middle Atlas Bulky 2-ply as the spinners create singles first and then ply two singles together on their spindles. When they are done, the yarn is slightly abraded resulting in a yarn with a felt-like texture that is soft to the touch. The textiles made with Middle Atlas Bulky 2-ply are essential to surviving the snowy winters in the mountains where the weavers live.
The sheep that provide the wool for this line roam freely on the slopes of Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains, so you may find traces of vegetal matter in the yarn like bits of grass or burrs. However, the spinners do their best to remove these items! The yarn base is 100% natural with no chemicals or bleach used in its preparation. In order to safeguard the health of the artisans, our customers, and the environment, only people and planet-friendly products are used to dye this yarn.
Middle Atlas Bulky 2-ply is perfect for tapestry weaving and rug knotting. In Morocco, Middle Atlas wool is prized for its strength and known for its ability to produce rugs with minimal shedding.
This bulky yarn is also suitable for accessory and rustic outerwear knitting and crocheting. It results in a knitted fabric with good stitch definition and structure that will keep you warm and dry when worn over a shirt. You can find our free knitting patternshere.
This yarn is available for wholesale. Please contact ushere.