Icelandic Sheepskin, Black
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- Color: Natural Black
- Size: 3-4 feet (90-120 cm)
- Wool length: 6-8" (15-20 cm)
- Origin: Iceland
Long-haired sheepskin from Iceland. Icelandic Sheepskin is an unrivaled natural material that keeps you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. Evolving over a millenium of exposure to the sub-Arctic climate, Icelandic wool is unique in that it consists out of two types of fibres. The inner fibres are fine, soft and highly insulating while the outer fibres are long, glossy and water-repellent. They were used by Vikings both as rugs and as clothing. Two or three pieces can be used to make a fur coat.
Each skin is unique and they all differ in shape, structure and shade.
Jon Snow in the popular TV-series Game of Thrones wears one of these black sheep skins.
Sheep have developed certain natural characteristics to keep them clean. Their skins are dirt repellent, anti-bacterial, resilient, hypoallergenic and resistant to water, flame and static electricity. Washing a sheepskin can remove the natural lanolin (wool fat) that keeps it clean. If you want to clean your sheepskin, here are some steps to follow:
- SHAKE: Lanolin (wool fat) repels dirt naturally. It's quite simple to remove it by shaking the sheepskin outside, which helps the loosely attached dirty particles fall off. You can also beat it with a broom handle or similar.
- BRUSH: Brush your rug carefully. This will remove dust and also make your rug fluffy again if it has gone a bit flat. It is normal for some wool to come off on the brush.
- VACUUM: Once shaken and brushed, run a vacuum cleaner over your rug to pick up all other dust and other dirt particles.
- FRESH AIR: Leave it hanging outside, preferably when the temperature is a bit cooler.
Avoid stains from wine, coffee and other liquids that aren't naturally occurring in nature. Would you get small stains, then sponge them off using a damp cloth. If that doesn't work, then carefully dampen the stained wool a little, cover it with potato starch and rub it. Leave it to dry and then shake and brush the starch away.