What is Loden?

Loden is made from one hundred percent natural wool. This is processed in up to 40 elaborate steps. The wool is spun into yarn, which is woven into a woolen fabric. Fulling refers to the "kneading" of the wet fabric until it felts. This creates properties that make the traditional fabric a natural functional fabric. For this purpose, virgin wool has always been obtained from Austrian mountain sheep. To refine the quality, fine wool from other animals is also added. These include alpacas, merino sheep, angora rabbits and cashmere goats.

Spinnerei in der Manufaktur von Loden Steiner

Die Rau-Maschine raut die Stoffe anhand dieser "Lockenwickler" auf und werden dadurch weich und geschmeidig.

Weberei von Loden Steiner

130 Jahre alte Hammerwalke, verdichtet das Gewebe und ist für den einzigartigen Look des traditionellen Schladminger Lodens verantwortlich

Special properties of loden fabrics

The heart of Steiner1888's loden production is fulling. This process compacts the wool fabric and creates a natural weather protection. The material warms, breathes and regenerates.

Water repellent

The dense surface and the natural fat content of the wool creates impregnation. Depending on the strength of the rain can spend several hours in the wet with a product from Steiner1888.


The wool fiber can absorb up to one third of its own weight in water without feeling wet. The moisture is absorbed by the fiber and slowly released.

Wind repellent

The felted surface of the loden from Steiner1888 shrinks during fulling. Through this processing, the fibers are bonded together to form a structure that repels wind.


Despite the dense surface texture of the loden, its fibers are able to store both body heat and cold air. This provides good thermal balance.


Wool has the ability to neutralize odors. Synthetic fibers need to be washed after a single wear. With loden, a simple airing is enough to get sweat and the like out of the fibers.

Flame retardant

Loden has a low susceptibility to flying sparks and fire due to its naturally high protein content. Unlike synthetic fibers, this makes it flame retardant.

Weiche und geschmeidige Stoffe von Loden Steiner und Steiner1888

Steiner1888 verwendet für die Kollektionen ausschließlich Loden der eigenen Manufaktur

Die Stoffe für die Decken werden auch direkt in der eigenen Produktion von Loden Steiner hergestellt.

Buy upholstery loden fabrics

In our online store you can directly order upholstery fabrics made of loden.

Types of wool

Since the founding of the loden manufactory, the family business at the foot of the Dachstein has been processing wool into robust blankets. In more than forty work steps they are spun, traditionally woven, rolled and finished. In the course of this, every single piece is subjected to several quality controls. Due to their rolled surfaces, all blankets are breathable, dirt-repellent and react antistatically to dry heating air. Thus, these products Made-in-Austria create a healthy climate in the living area.

Österreichisches Bergschaf

Austrian mountain sheep

Robust, warm, classically beautiful

The mountain sheep originated in the Austrian Alps. The animals are sheared twice a year before and after the alpine season. From the wool Steiner1888 produces blankets in incomparably durable and comfortably warm quality. Wool blankets made from virgin wool of the mountain sheep are moisture and dirt repellent. This makes them ideal for outdoor use. More and more often they are also used as healthy sleeping blankets.


Light & Colorful

The wool of the alpaca has excellent thermal properties. The reason for this is the fiber structure. This provides a perfect heat balance and is also very light. Home textiles made of alpaca wool are considered durable because it is three times more tear-resistant than sheep's wool. Dyeings of alpaca textiles have a particularly luminous effect. Even undyed, the wool shines in incomparably beautiful natural tones. Due to its antibacterial components, alpaca wool is the perfect blanket choice for allergy sufferers.

Alpaka Wolle

Merino Wolle


Airy soft, wonderfully warm.

Probably the best known type of sheep is the merino sheep. Its virgin wool is considered particularly fine, elastic, antistatic and fire-repellent. It yields between two and three kilograms of the finest quality wool per year. Blankets made of this wool are considered particularly airy, soft and warm. In summer, these fibers have a cooling effect, in winter, a warming effect. External influences such as dirt and odors do not bother the fine material.


Warm, delightful on the skin.

Together with the virgin wool of the cashmere goat, angora wool is considered a premium hair. It comes from the angora rabbit, which is specially bred for it. The wool is considered the lightest natural fiber and its softness surpasses even silk. The hollow fibers are ideal heat accumulators and release moisture back to the outside.

Due to its warming and sweat-absorbing properties, angora wool is said to have a healing effect. Another advantage is the natural, highly dirt-repellent fiber. Products from the angora hair therefore need to be washed even less often.

Angora Wolle

Kaschmir Wolle


For true experts.

The cashmere goats come from the region of the same name in the Asian region. Their wool coat is dense, as they live in harsh conditions at an altitude of around 4000 meters at up to minus 40 degrees.

The noble hair is obtained from the undercoat. It is considered fine fibers and is one of the noblest types of wool.

Steiner1888 chooses cashmere for living blankets because of its soft but resistant advantages. It warms many times better than sheep's wool and does not wrinkle. Cashmere wool is the most ideal material for home textiles. Due to its durability, cashmere blankets are of lasting value.

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