The Hebridean sheepskin rug is a Scottish crofting tradition. This almost pitch black fleece is smaller, in line with the short stature of the Hebridean Hoggets, and of a slightly rougher wool than your average sheepskin. This is due to the Hebridean being a slow maturing breed in a harsh climate. But it is still a fluffy fleece, with a deep pile, either black or black with flecks of grey. It's very striking and has a very long history.
Bred in Scotland for centuries, Hebridean sheep, referred to as Scottish Dunface, were popular for their hardy and sturdy nature, well suited to the climate.
In the eighteenth century and during the Clearances, they were superseded for the much larger Cheviot and Blackface breeds, but they somehow still found favour in the islands and on the estates of the landed gentry who liked their quirky looks.
After joining the rare breeds "at-risk" list in the late 20th century, the breed has now made a comeback in the Highlands and Islands where it can be reared in tune with the local environment.
WHERE THE SHEEPSKINS CAME FROM:
These Hebridean fleeces comes from Sunhill Croft on Berneray, in the Sound of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, where they are bred to minimise impact on the environment and with a focus on animal welfare and beautiful wool, as the croft also sells yarns.
The fleeces are typically 55 to 60 wide at their widest point, and 80 to 90 cm long at the tallest point.
To keep your sheepskin looking as good as the day you bought it, restore the texture of the wool from time to time using a metal brush or comb. On the back of each sheepskin, you will find a stamp detailing whether the fleece is washable or dry clean only. For a spot clean or refresh, use a damp cloth and our Woolly Fresh Spray. Use the latter sparingly.
You can hand wash or machine wash your fleece on a wool cycle at 30 degrees Celsius with a wool-specific soap or our Woolly Wash. Dry in the shade and do not expose the leather to heat. When dry, shake vigorously and rejuvenate the pile using a brush.
Your rug should be brushed regularly to keep the fleece in good condition, this is especially important if you have a longer staple rug. If you do spill something on the rug it can be spot washed, taking care not to wet the leather, and then dried slowly. Talk to a reputable dry cleaner, who will have experience of leather and fleeces.
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