Sheepskin rugs are a necessity for any household. They cozy up your space, provide insulation in the winter and cooler temperatures in the summer, and offer an alternative to ugly carpeting. Sheepskins come from New Zealand or Australia, and they are made of wool that is naturally soft as well as durable. Let’s talk about how to shop for sheepskin rug and their origin.
New Zealand and Australian wool are probably the most well known material for rugs and seat covers. It is soft and luxurious, silky smooth to the touch and it is suitable all year around. However not all sheepskin are created equal. There are different breed of sheep specie that produce various type of sheepskin. Sheepskin has recoil memory where when it is compressed, the wool fibre will spring back to its original form and shape. This is due to the fact that each wool fibre is made up of long coiled chain like molecules that give its coil-like properties. That is why sheepskin seat cover not only give praised due to its luxurious look but also its long lasting factor.
Another well-known producer of sheepskin is Iceland. Icelandic sheepskin has an interesting heritage of sheep farming. Their pelt are wonderfully soft and each is unique similar to Australian and New Zealand. However, Icelandic sheepskin is thicker, coarser and long. Australian sheepskin rugs, on the other hand, come from sheep of Merino wool heritage, which make the wool shorter, and more dense which pile around 2.5″ in length as oppose to 5-6".
Close-Up Look to the Fur Density
Based on the above characteristic, Due to its density, the Australian sheepskin's fur will able to stay upright whereas the longer Icelandic wool often lays flat. Each have their merit and usage within the interior design.
In our next blog post, we will talk about cowhide. Stay tune!