Authentic and Resilient
This luxurious wool reflects the purity of its origin – the Guild family’s 10,000 acre High Peak Estate – its sparkling streams fed by the Southern Alps, crisp mountain air, grassy range, and rugged hills soaring 1000 meters above the Canterbury Plains of New Zealand. The result is extraordinarily soft, strong, and resilient wool – treated only with the sun and the seasons; it is never bleached.
High Peak’s nimble Perendale sheep roam outdoors year round, covering 2 to 3 km a day, sometimes up to 10. They forage on organic grasses and clover (the Guild family insists on everything being natural). The High Peak wool is shorn carefully once a year at maximum staple length, 10 to 15.5 cm, and thickness, 30 to 36 microns (note that an average human hair is approximately 60 microns).
The Guilds are renowned stewards of the land. James and Anna Guild established High Peak Estate in 1973. Today, James serves as the chairman of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust. The organization partners with landowners to protect 400,000+ acres of threatened native biodiversity, including 450 acres at High Peak.
Three generations of Guilds live at and oversee High Peak Estate – from farming and beekeeping, to field-and-stream eco tourism and heli-skiing. Their conscientious care, spanning five decades, is reflected in the health of their land and flock. The Perendales are cared for by Hamish Guild who, with his wife Gemma, selects only their finest wool for eye heart hand.
Guilds of High Peak Estate wool is the only wool in an eye heart hand rug. We trace the wool from High Peak to India, throughout our special artisan processes in India, and we randomly test the wool and rugs for purity with spectrometry.