all about BABY ALPACA wool

When it comes to our wool blankets and clothing, we prefer baby alpaca over other types of wool.

The term "Baby Alpaca" refers to the grading of the fineness of the fiber. It’s the softest part of an adult Alpaca (usually the chest), not the age of the animal.

Why we choose baby alpaca. 
Alpaca fleece is soft and silky. It is lighter in weight and up to 7x warmer than Sheep’s wool but very breathable. It is not prickly like Sheep’s wool and far less likely to pill. Because it has no lanolin, it is hypoallergenic, naturally water repellent and flame-resistant. The fibers are extremely durable; a well-made alpaca blanket can last for a very long time.  Another bonus is that alpaca has a low environmental impact compared to other natural fibers. The neutral colors greys and browns are sorted directly from the fur and not dyed which gives those colors a slight extra softness. Melanges (mixes of colors) are dyed in the fiber state then mixed together. Fabric is then woven, fringes are made - they get washed, pressed and sometimes brushed. It doesn't pill which makes it durable and long lasting.

other facts:

  • Alpacas are very neat and clean.
  • Incas valued alpaca wool more than silver and gold. Only royalty could wear it. 
  • Alpacas are bred purely for their fiber.

 In these two pictures the fibers are being sorted for grade and color.

In this image the factory is hand looming the baby alpaca yarn which is the same process used to make our NORTH blanket.

hand loom

This wonderful natural fiber is just one of the reasons our bedding is such a pleasure to own. Meticulous care goes into the materials, design and manufacturing of our products. We promise you will see and feel the difference.

Shop our baby alpaca products.

ELLIOT baby alpaca wool blanket

ELLIOT baby alpaca wool blanket


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twin 68 x 86”
full/queen 86 x 86”
king 104 x 86”


twin 66 x 102”
full/queen 90 x 102”
king 108 x 102”


FITTED SHEETS (w/ 14” pocket)
twin 39 x 75”
full 54 x 75” 
queen 60 x 80”
king 76 x 80”
cal-king 72 x 84”


accommodates pillow sizes:
standard 20 x 26”
euro square 26 x 26”
king 20 x 36”
standard body 20 x 60”
king body 20 x 72”

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twin 69 x 90”
full/queen 90 x 90“
king 108 x 90”
throws 51 x 70”
xl throws 70 x 90"


Thread count (TC) refers to the number of threads per square inch.
Type and size of individual threads are just as important as the count.

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At AREA we carefully consider how each sheet should not only look but also feel. 
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