Your questions answered
Q: Are your sheepskins washable?
Please follow our comprehensive guide to caring for your sheepskin on our blog, or in the leaflet packed with your sheepskin. For our washable sheepskin, our specialist Woolly Wash will allow you to wash on a wool cycle in the machine, we advise going to an industrial sized machine for larger pieces. For our dry clean only sheepskin, use Woolly Fresh Spray to spot wash the wool. Regardless of the washability, keep the wool looking fluffy and luxurious by using one of our Slicker brushes on a regular basis. .
Q: Is it safe to purchase on your website?
We have been trading successfully on the internet since 1997 and have had a secure e-commerce site since 2000. We have had no reported cases of credit card fraud reported to us during our e-commerce trading and this site uses the latest SSL encryption technology. If, for any reason, you are uncertain about purchasing online please contact us, (either by email [email protected] or by phone on 01470 592 237) and we can process your purchase as a direct mail order transaction. .
Q: Why is it that I really want a sheepskin but don't quite know why?
It is an instinctive thing. Man has been using sheepskin for clothing, bedding, floor-coverings or anywhere he wants comfort, warmth and protection for centuries. Each sheepskin is truly unique – no two are ever the same.
Q: What is the story behind the names you give to your sheepskins?
Since 1983 when we started, we have tanned and commissioned many breeds and types of sheepskin.
Natural White and Natural Brown sheepskins are self-explanatory in nature with lots of colour variation from fair to chocolate. In the early days we mainly tanned local sheep, most of which were Blackface, Cheviots, Hebrideans and various crosses so you may hear our customer care team call your Natural White sheepskin a ‘Blackface White’, or your Natural Brown a ‘Hebridean Brown’.
Cappuccino and Cream are names given to fleeces, usually early lambs, with markings like the frothy coffee! These fleeces are generally more delicate to the touch and come from crossbreeding. Cappuccino being the more distinctively marked, or speckled, and Cream a more even tone.
Donnetti Ruffer is the name we give to fleeces with balanced grey and charcoal variations, distinctive markings, often as a result of crossing a white breed with a coloured ram. Donnetti meaning dark edging, and Ruffer the name given to a cross breed.
There is a selection of specialist sheepskins that we can brand with the breed’s name: Jacob, Merino, Icelandic and Norse. All our names are created to help previous customers remember which type of skins they bought when they wish to re-order and to help our internet and mail-order customers narrow down the choice from the wide range of sheepskins with natural markings, we have available.
Q: Why is my sheepskin not pure white?
We do not dye or bleach any of our skins while producing. This means that there will be natural variation between bright whites and creamier white tones. Should you have a specific colour want or desire please do mark down on the online order or give us a call to discuss.
Q: What is the difference between your skins and those found on mass in large scale interior outlets?
We are producers and experts in sheepskin production. Not only do we tan beautiful sheepskins, we strive to use like minded producers to ourselves and have many long running relationships with our suppliers in the UK, Europe and Scandinavia. You may find sheepskins at lower prices on the market; however, the ethical values and production methods are often greatly diminished in order to achieve that sale price. As a company we will only work with others who have ethical and sustainable values like our own and continue to produce beautiful sustainable fleeces.