The Hirsel’s 2017 batch of rugs are nearly sold out. #4 is still available as of this writing (10/3/2018)
From sheep that were shorn in June of 2017, approximately 5 months before they were sent to the abattoir. This means the staple (length of wool strands) is shorter and less evenly grown than you might expect if you have had a sheepskin rug before. This, and the fact that they are double coated Hebrideans, gives the rug more of a ‘bear’ than a ‘lamb’ aspect – thick and fluffy – reflecting the rugged nature of this breed. Upon receipt from the processors (Skyeskins), they were given a rough combing with fingers and a wide-toothed comb to bring the nap up and take advantage of this quality. When your rug is delivered to you, you can freshen the nap by finger-combing the wool. Also, you may find small bits of waxy substance (lanolin) that the processing missed: this, and some small amount of grass seed, is normal with natural products such as this. The high amount of lanolin and thick wool of your Hebridean rug will ensure that it offers comfy pleasure for many years.
All measurements are approximate: length is taken down the centre of the rug, width is taken at the belly. Rugs weigh +/- 3lbs.
For more information about how these sheepskins were processed and turned into beautiful rugs, or for wash/care instructions, visit https://www.skyeskyns.co.uk/