How durable is my sheepskin?
Very durable! Fibre by Auskin sheepskins will last a lifetime if they are cared for properly and used as the products were intended. Shorter wool clipped rugs and those made from stronger wool types will withstand more wear than longer wool unclipped rugs or finer wools. We have provided extensive Caring for Sheepskin guidelines to help maintain the properties and life of the sheepskin products.
What is the difference between a woven wool rug and a sheepskin rug?
Generally sheepskin rugs are made from skins with finer and softer wools than those used in woven rugs. Sheepskin rugs are the skins of sheep with the wool fibres remaining in their natural state and are then permanently fixed during the tanning process to the skin. Wool rugs are made from stronger carpet wool fibres woven or injected into a backing material. They use wool types that are strong and suitable for walking on and intricate patterns can be achieved in the weaving process. Patterns in sheepskin rugs are achieved by piecing together portions of different sheepskin rugs that have been dyed different colours.
Do Auskin sheepskins contain harmful chemicals?
No, and our sheepskins are tested regularly to ensure that they do not contain harmful chemicals. Chemical standards differ worldwide and we monitor and manage this process carefully to make sure we are adhering to local and international standards. Auskin executes robust testing protocol to ensure the absence of pesticides and heavy metals. Test results and records pertaining to each region are freely available through each sales office.
Why are white sheepskin rugs slightly yellow?
We do not produce pure white sheepskins because we try to retain the natural colour. We seek to enhance the natural colour, which results in a natural ivory shade with a creamy yellow hue. Dyed or darker shade sheepskins change and cover this creamy shade.
Are sheepskins bleached?
Sheepskins are not bleached in the way that fabrics are bleached to achieve a white colour. We use minimal bleaching in our washing processes to protect the softness of the fibre. Our tanning process does result in a ‘whitening effect’ on the wool fibres.
What dyes are used to colour the sheepskins?
Auskin uses a variety of dyeing systems depending on the end use of the sheepskin. None of the dyeing methods use AZO dyes and we are compliant with EU Reach regulations.
Is the production of Fibre by Auskin products environmentally friendly?
Our production process is constantly refined and developed to ensure that our practises have the least effect possible on the environment as possible. We sell excess materials, recycle or reuse water, liquid and packaging at every available point during production.
Where do our sheepskins come from?
Most of Auskin sheepskins are sourced from New Zealand and Australia. The pleasant news is that sheepskin is a by-product of the meat industry and no animals are harmed specifically for use of the skins. In actual fact Auskin make use of a natural resource that, if properly cared for and tanned carefully, will last for a lifetime.
Which breeds are mainly sourced?
Fibre by Auskin uses a variety of breeds. Auskin carefully match the properties of specific breeds with the optimal end products. Most skins come from what we call a half-breed. A half-breed typically incorporates a mix of breeds that may include merinos, romney and border leicester. Sheepskin tanners source skins firstly by specifying the fineness and style of wool that is needed for the specific sheepskin products. It is the features of the wool that is most important rather than particular breeds.