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If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you may well have noticed our regular #MoreAboutMoon posts, detailing some of the more interesting and unusual parts of our story of heritage and craftsmanship in Tweet-sized nuggets. We’ve chosen a selection of those that proved most popular for this weeks Blog post; simply hover your mouse over the images below to reveal the #MoreAboutMoon facts. If you’re viewing on a touchscreen device, tap the image instead.

#MoreAboutMoon #1

Our in-house design team still use our many Archive books for inspiration. We hold archives dating back to the early 1900s, where fabrics for WW1 army jacketing and shirting slowly merge into the bright pastel fashion fabrics of the 1920's.

#MoreAboutMoon #2

Fabrics from the Moon Furnishing Heritage collection are proudly on display in Downing Street on two wing chairs, upon which current Prime Minister David Cameron has been interviewed by both James Corden and Susanna Reid. Two of our Antique designs were also chosen by Michele Obama for the foyer of The White House in 2008.

#MoreAboutMoon #3

The Dye House has the ability to produce over 500 different colours. These colours then go through the process of blending where up to seven shades can be combined together, much like mixing paints. The final yarns are called 'mélange', literally French for 'mixture'.

#MoreAboutMoon #4

Each of these cones in the yarn store can hold up to 16,000 metres of woollen thread, all before it is tightly woven into a finished piece. If you unravelled just three of these cones and ran from one end to the other, you would have completed just over a full marathon distance!

#MoreAboutMoon #5

Company records show that we were exporting cloth to not only Europe, but to the Far East to countries like Japan as early as the 1890s. The mill used to have its own railway sidings to easily transport the fabrics to Leeds, where it could make the journey further afield. Japan is still our largest export market to this day!

#MoreAboutMoon #6

All water that we use for scouring (washing) our wools is pumped from a spring directly below the mill itself. This pure Yorkshire water is one of the main reasons behind the luxuriously soft handle of all our throws, cushions and fashion accessories.

#MoreAboutMoon #7

We source our wool from ethical growers the world over. Whilst we use luxuriate wool from the South Downs for our British Wool interiors collection, the majority is Merino Lambswool and Pure New Wool from international wool powerhouses South Africa and New Zealand.

#MoreAboutMoon #8

1837 was a memorable year in two respects. 1) Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne at the tender age of eighteen. 2) Abraham Moon & Sons was founded in the small Yorkshire town of Guiseley. We'll leave you to decide which was the most historically important!

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