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Why is Sheepskin Used for Rugs?

Updated on October 13, 2010

Sheepskin Has Wonderfull Properties

What Makes Sheepskin Ideal for Rugs & Blankets

Wool is one of the softest, warmest materials available and the added bonus is that it is incredibly hard wearing.  The natural oils in the wool help to prevent dirt and grime from clinging to the fibres and also protect it from degrading over time. Sheepskin is widely used across a range of industries for products such as hats, gloves, slippers, seat covers and rugs.  Sheepskin is also used to pad many products such as saddles and boots because of its soft, dense properties. Wool is resistant to fire and static electricity which can make it a safe and practical material for use in the home.

Insulating Properties

The fibres of sheepskin are very tightly woven together and this creates a very dense material that is at the same time very lightweight.  Sheepskin has excellent insulating properties that very few synthetic fibres can match and this makes rugs made from this material very warm and cosy when used in the home.  Sheepskin rugs can also be used as throws for furniture.

Soft and Comfortable

Sheepskin is very soft and has superior cushioning properties.  Research has shown that sheepskin is one of the best materials to use when you have to sit or lie down for long periods as it helps to prevent pressure sores.  This is why many people use sheepskin to line wheelchairs (and also because it is nice and warm). Wool is also considered to be hypoallergenic which means that even people with allergies should be able to use wool without any reactions.

Self Cleaning

The natural oils in sheepskin are very effective at repelling dirt.  This means that sheepskin rugs will look clean and fresh for a long time as they will not pick up everyday dirt and grime.  In most cases you can simply shake or brush off surface dirt and restore the rug back to good condition.


Wool fibres take dye very well and this means that sheepskin rugs are available in a wide range of colours.  This varies from the natural colours (black, brown, cream, beige and white) through to a wide range of bright and bold modern designs (including metallic and psychedelic options). With this range of choice on offer you should easily be able to find the right type of sheepskin rug to suit your requirements.


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