How are Sheepskins made?

How a Sheepskin Rug is made. 

  • To stop the fleeces from deteriorating they are salted at the first stage. 
  • Water is then used to rehydrate and clean the fleeces.  Any fat or tissue is also removed at this stage. 
  • This is the stage that converts the fleece into leather.  Tanning agents, such as Alum, stabilise the fibres in the fleece.  They are then soaked in wooden vats filled with acid. 
  • Any excess water is removed and the fleeces are hung on stretchers and frames.  Hot flowing air then dries them. 
  • All fleeces are then tumbled to soften them and dry cleaned to remove any remaining natural fats (lanolin). 
  • The fleeces are now ready and can be left in their natural state or ready to be dyed various colours. 
  • All fleeces are then trimmed to the desired and familiar “rug” shape. 

All our fleeces are sourced from sustainable farming and are a bi-product of the meat industry. No animals are bred for their skins and if not used for leather would be sent to land fill.