Where do our sheepskins come from?

Most of our sheepskins are sourced from New Zealand and Australia. In tanning these skins, we make use of a natural resource that, if properly cared for, will last for a lifetime.

How are sheepskins tanned?

Tanning has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a process whereby a skin or hide is immersed in a variety of substances which bond to the collagen proteins of which the skin is made up. This 'tanned' skin will no longer be subject to decay and is described as leather. With sheepskins, the natural wool fleece is retained and is permanently fixed to the leather during the tanning process.

Do sheepskins contain harmful chemicals? 

Our sheepskins are regularly tested to ensure that they do not contain harmful chemicals. Results cover such issues as pesticides, heavy metals and formaldehyde.

What dyes are used to color the sheepskins?

We use a variety of dyeing systems depending on the end use of the sheepskin. None of our dyeing methods use AZO dyes and we are compliant with EU Reach regulations.

How durable is my sheepskin?

Our sheepskins will last a lifetime if they are cared for properly and used according to the purpose for which they are produced. Sheepskin rugs are designed to be used on the floor or the couch, but shorter wool clipped rugs and those made from stronger wool types will withstand more wear than longer wool unclipped rugs or finer wools. 

Regular vacuuming or shaking will keep your rug free of dust. Unclipped long wool rugs benefit from brushing with a wire pet brush. Small spills can be sponged off with water. Refer to our Care & Storage section for more specific care information.

Will my sheepskin rug fade in sunlight?

Like all natural materials, sheepskin rugs will change color if placed in direct sunlight. Sheepskins are difficult to dye and, as with other natural fibers, do not have the degree of color fastness of some synthetic products.

How do I care for my sheepskin?

See the Care & Storage section.

What is the difference between a woven wool rug and a sheepskin rug?

Wool rugs are made from stronger carpet wool fibers which are woven or injected into a backing material. They use wool types that are strong and suitable for walking on and intricate patterns can be achieved in the weaving process. Sheepskin rugs are the tanned skins of sheep. The wool fibers are left embedded into the skin in their natural state and these are permanently fixed during the tanning process. 

Generally sheepskin rugs are made from skins with finer and softer wools than those used in woven rugs. They are softer to the touch and have wool fibers that are more akin to those used in a woolen throw or garment, than the stronger and harsher wools used in woven floor rugs. Patterns in sheepskin rugs are achieved by piecing together portions of different sheepskin rugs that have been dyed different colors.

Why are the white colored sheepskin rugs more yellow?

We do not produce pure white sheepskins. We try to retain the naturalness of our rugs and work to achieve a more natural ivory shade with a creamy yellow hue. This creamy hue is the natural color of a sheepskin rug. This yellow is covered when sheepskins are dyed darker shades.

Are sheepskins bleached?

Natural Ivory colored long wool rugs are not bleached in the way that fabrics are bleached to achieve a white color, although our tanning process does have a whitening effect on the wool fibers.

What is the difference between a sheepskin rug and a lambskin rug?

A lambskin rug is from a sheep that is less than 12 months old and has not developed incisor teeth. The wool has generally not been shorn by the farmer and still has the original soft wool tip (this is often referred to as baby wool). Sheepskins are from sheep that are older than 12 months and have developed incisor teeth. The two terms are used interchangeably in common use.

Why are there bare patches without wool on the edge of my sheepskin rug?

These are areas on the skin that naturally do not have wool on them. We reduce these areas when we finally trim our skins but do not entirely remove them as they are part of what makes each sheepskin a unique natural product.