"I established Exquisite Wool Traders in 2008 after our family's wool buying business Yaldhurst Wools, had long supplied the Hainsworth Mill in England with New Zealand wool. We have sourced from farms throughout the South Island for many years.

I have a passion for New Zealand wool and quality woollen products. It is so exciting to offer you the most diverse colour range of woollen bedding blankets, throws, scarves, Brora Knitwear and Natural Legacy Woollen Caskets and Ash Urns."

- Polly McGuckin

general Manager

People often ask “why are they made in England”.

Fortunately for the New Zealand wool industry, mills in England have supported us by buying our wool. Without them we would struggle to have a wool market for our farmer. The many years of expertise at the mill (AW Hainsworth was established in 1783 and Abraham Moon & Sons was founded in 1837) provide the high quality blankets, throws, woollen caskets and woollen urns. We are now very fortunate to work with another world renowned mill to bring you a beautiful collection of wool scarves and beautifully patterned and coloured throws.

The gift of quality is like no other, to see my blankets and throws adorn many homes and businesses is wonderful.

Testimonials

  • Excellent merino wool throws, worth every penny! I bought three.

    If you're looking for a throw that's both cozy and stylish, I highly recommend Exquisite Wool Traders merino wool throws. They're not just soft; they're incredibly luxurious to the touch, providing warmth without being too heavy or bulky.

    The quality of these throws is outstanding. The craftsmanship is evident in every stitch, and the attention to detail really sets it apart from other blankets. It's the kind of product that feels like an investment, not just a purchase, because you know it's going to last.

    And, when I say it's worth every penny, I mean it. The comfort, durability, and overall experience are fantastic. If you're in the market for a new throw or blanket, you can't go wrong with Exquisite Wool Traders products.

    Glen Simmons
  • Thank you so much for your amazing quick service. My bedding blanket arrived in the weekend!  I have been a long sufferer of insomnia and have woke at am every morning.  I never throught I would break this terrible routine but after a week of receiving my bedding blanket I have been sleeping until 7am. I have read about the benefits of sleeping under wool but truly didn’t feel it would make a difference to my terrible routine. I am overwhelmed to say I have been proven wrong. Thank you, Polly, for your help, I am feeling like a new person now I am getting a good nights sleep. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Sara (Auckland)
  • I love my new woollen bedding blanket in forest green. Wasn’t sure what the colour would be like, but it's just gorgeous, well-stitched and suits our bedroom decor very well. This is the third blanket I've purchased from you, the other 2 being beautiful throws I bought for Christmas gifts, and I love them all. I also love your story about homegrown wool & the relationships you have with mills in England, where my ancestors hail from. Your blankets certainly are exquisite & I’m looking forward to enjoying them even more in the colder months.

    Mirella (Tauranga)
  • For as long as I remember I have been a customer of yours to the point I am now addicted. The quality in your blankets are like no other and I am just so happy I get to enjoy your beautiful range for many years to come. 

    Glennis (Napier)
  • I originally spotted these gorgeous throws on Instagram, and after investigating the Exquisite Wool Traders website, so I ordered the Harlequin "Tutti Frutti". The delivery was super speedy, and brilliant customer service. Their collection of wool and merino throws available online are truly amazing ... The quality is exceptional, with some stunning designs and vibrant colours, and very reasonably priced! I had recently bought this New Zealand-made sofa, so this particular throw has just added a pop of colour.

    Vicki Davies
  • The parcel arrived on my daughter's doorstep yesterday; very quick delivery. She already has one of your beautiful rugs from a couple of years ago and was delighted to receive a second, this one for her baby daughter, to remind them both of New Zealand and its marvellous wool.

    Sarah-Jane
  • I have just received my 1st-time order and am absolutely delighted with both of the throws, the colours are beautiful and the wool so very soft. Your dispatch and delivery was very quick indeed, thank you!

    There's nothing that beats good quality wool and natural fibres. These throws are sitting in my lounge looking absolutely gorgeous and ready to be used as the chilly winter weather starts to bite in. Exquisite is absolutely the right word for your company!

    Lorna
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  • Our proud Exquisite Wool Traders history starts here in New Zealand and extends to a woollen mill in England, that dates back to 1783.

    In 1893 this mill started buying NZ wool. This is proudly displayed in a logbook at the Yorkshire mill. Our family wool buying business, Yaldhurst Wools, Christchurch, buys wool from the same farm featured in that logbook, along with other wool sourced from South Island farms. Some of this wool is exported to the mill in England.

    This specialist, English textile mill has supported the NZ wool industry for all those years, making not only woollen blankets but fabrics for furnishings, clothes, royal and military ceremonial dress, woollen caskets, snooker, and pool table cloth, to name a few beautiful woollen items made using NZ wool. A.W. Hainsworth also supports wool scours in NZ by always having the wool scoured prior to shipment.

    Yaldhurst Wools long association with the mill allows me at Exquisite Wool Traders, which I established in 2008, to supply beautiful woollen products, from our NZ wool bedding blankets and throws to the Natural Legacy Wool Caskets, with 3 fleeces of NZ wool in each casket. Together we are proud supporters of NZ wool and it is exciting to see the next generation of our family members share our passion for wool. Over the years members of the Hainsworth family have spent time at Yaldhurst Wools learning about the wool supplied to their family mill and what goes into growing top quality wool fibre.

  • We then formed a relationship with Abraham Moon & Sons, who weave our range of luxury Merino and Pure Wool throws.

    If it were not for mills in the UK and Europe who value traditional qualities of craftsmanship and integrate them with the latest innovation, NZ would struggle to sustain a wool industry.

    We all need to stand by each other in NZ and if a product is made from NZ wool, get behind that business, support them and think great, there is another business using wool.

    The campaign for wool, a multi-national, cross-industry coalition was formed to raise the profile of wool, let us all work and support each other to ensure a better future for wool.

    Happy shopping our online wool store!  I can honestly say our beautiful  range of woollen products has something for everyones taste.

    Polly X

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