Sheepskin rugs have been (and still are) being used for their natural softness and higher resistance to wear than many synthetic rugs. Sheepskin rugs can be dyed into several colors without losing their natural beauty and feel. The ivory rugs made of sheepskin are popular in modern urban settings as well as southwest and country decorating. They offer a high contrast with dark-colored carpets, floors and furniture. Rugs made of sheepskin can be used in a number of settings and in a number of ways, such as coverings for seats or beds, draped over chairs, in front of a fireplace, dorm room, child’s room, babies room, or in your master suite. Double them up for twice the power by placing two on the floor overlapping or one on the floor and one on the bed. Or purchase two or more sewn together for larger areas.
The prices of sheepskin rugs vary according to their quality. Those coming from Australia, New Zealand, and UK are more costly due to their higher quality. In addition, the degree of processing to which the rugs are subjected (dying and combing) also influences their prices. The most important thing to bear in mind about buying sheepskin rugs is their comfort. Plush shag rugs with thick natural piling are more comfortable and they should be your first choice. The soft pliable texture of the rug is the best choice for decorative enhancement. But buyers should watch out for any rubbery feeling that is produced by inferior backing material used in some less expensive rugs. A good sheepskin rug will show a finely combed piling.
Rugs made of sheepskin are easily dyed giving them new colors that complement your rooms overall design. Rugs can be used separately at various places or a number of them may be combined to produce a larger sheepskin rug. A large sheepskin rug may be dyed and stitched to form patterns of colors that make a beautiful focal point.
Though wool is a springy fiber, after long use it may tend to mat down a bit. To restore the pile to its original state, brush it up with a coarse brush. The coarser the brush the better. Wire brushes work best and do not harm the fleece.
Wool fleece is a natural fiber and resists soiling, this simplifying cleaning. In most cases spot cleaning in place with warm water and mild soap is all that is needed.