Angora goats evolved on the Anatolian Plains of Turkey near the city we now know as Ankara and from which the name "Angora" derives. The term "mohair" apparently derives from Arabic (mukhayyar). Angora goats were highly regarded and jealously protected from exportation until the sixteenth century when the Angora goat was introduced into Spain and France. However, the goats were not introduced to the United States until 1849.
With its high affinity for dyes, mohair produces colors that have an unmatched clarity and halo-like glow. Fabrics containing lively, smooth mohair aren't easily crushed or matted.
As a decorating fabric, mohair is valued for its flame-resistance and high sound absorbency. It is ideal for public places such as symphony halls, theaters, hotel lobbies and offices as well as for homes. In addition, mohair drapes are effective insulators, keeping heat in during cold weather and serving as a barrier against outside hot temperatures in summer.
And, it's absolutely FABULOUS to knit and crochet with!
This abridged information was brought to you by the Mohair Council of America