What is the difference between Icelandic Sheepskin and British or New Zealand Sheepskin?
The main difference between these is the length of the wool. Icelandic sheep have very long hair to help them cope with the harsh weather conditions. Their wool typically measures approximated 10cm long which gives them a unique and warm look.
Whereas British and New Zealand sheeps wool tend to measure closer to 6cm long but they do tend to have denser wool. As these are typically more dense, this rug would be a better choice if you intended to use your rug to lie on in and prevent bed sores.
How do you measure your rugs?
Our rugs are measured from the wool side at the longest and widest points (see below).
What are the benefits of sheepskin?
Sheepskin has many natural health benefits including:
- Providing support for pressure points and achy limbs
- Naturally regulating body tempreture and improving circulation
- Natural dust and bacteria repellant
Sheepskin fleece is naturally resistant to the growth of mold, dust mites, and bed bugs. It’s natural wicking properties, drawing moisture away from the skin, also prevent the conditions that allow bacteria to thrive.
Sheepskins are also breathable, allowing air to continue circulating around you when rest on them - again reducing the hot and clammy environment that bacteria loves.
- Naturally Hypoallergenic
- Kind to skin and helps prevent bed sores
Sheepskin fibres have a layer of smooth protein that makes it easy for fibres to move against each other without friction. This helps when sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time as it can protect against bed sores. This is particularly useful for people with limited mobility and anyone recovering from surgery.
What does "natural" mean?
Our natural skins mean that they have not harmful chemicles used or been dyed in any way. They go through the same dyhydration and rehydration tanning process to thicken and harden the skin.
Is Sheepskin unethical?
Sheepskin is actually a by-product of the meat industry. We take the skins that would otherwise be a waste and unwanted product and turn them into natural, long lasting luxury products that can be enjoyed.
We also only use British, New Zealand or Icelandic sheepskin and these countries have very strict rules relating to how sheep are kept and farmed.
Is Sheepskin bad for the enviornment?
Our Genuine sheepskin is an eco-friendly product which takes far less energy to create compared to synthetic materials. In fact, synthetic sheepskin and other man made materials can take up to 3-times more energy to produce compared to real sheepskin.