How sheepskin rugs are made?

1. Raw Stock:Salted Raw Sheepskin from either Australia or New Zealand, by product of meat industry.

2. Wash and fleshing: Skin are soaked and washed to re hydrate them ,clean them and open up the skin for tanning. Fleshing process remove all excess fat and tissue.

3. Pickling and Tanning: The Tanning process is what converts the skin into leather, stopping putrefaction by stabilizing the collagen fibre within the skin  with tanning agent. Skins are soaked in acid followed by the tanning agent in enormous wooden vat( Paddle).

4. Hydroing: Excess water is removed from the skin in a big spin dryer

5. Toggle Drying: Skins are now stretched out on frames with clips(Toggles) and hot air dried in Cabinets.

6. Cageing and degreasing :Skin tumbled in cage to soften them. Any natural fats(Lanolin) remaining within the skin are now removed by drying cleaning

7. Ironing:  Once dry cleaned the fleeces are put through a hot rotary iron, make fleeces silky finish. 

Sheepskin Washing instruction

Care Instructions

Dry Clean

This lambskin rug is best to dry clean.  We recommend dry cleaning this rug where possible.

Spot Clean

Small stains can be wiped off using a clean sponge or washer dipped in a solution of 20ml wool wash mixed with 500ml of tap water

Machine Wash

The rug is machine washable at temperatures up to 40oC.  Use a short or wool cycle and use commercially available wool washes only.  DO NOT USE commercial laundering powders or creams as they may wash the natural oils out of the lambskin and lambswool leaving the wool dry and the leather still and damaged after drying.


The rug is best dried in a shady or filtered sunlight position resting over the back of a chair or clothes horse or line.  DO NOT DRY IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR HIGH TEMPERATURE POSITION.  After a few hours drying on one side, reverse the sheepskin to dry other side.  Do not dry over a heater or other source of high and drying heat.