Swedish Sheepskins from Karlsbergs Gård
First and foremost sheepskins are beautiful to look at, and they have a plush surface that feels pleasant to the touch and they add luxury and comfort to any environment
Sheepskin is a wonderful natural material with unsurpassed qualities; air circulates in pure wool in a manner which cools when it is hot and warms when cold, making sheepskins practical all year round. Sheepskins also absorb moisture, making them especially suitable for small children.
Sheepskin's naturally crimped fiberes form a springy, cushioned support that relieves pressure points. With its ability to retain heat and draw away moisture from the skin, sheepskins have the ability to enhance comfort in both home and in care environments.
Thanks to the Nordic climate, sheep that graze on fields in Sweden produce wool with especially fine qualities and it is the grey Gotland Peltsheep breed that is the most sought after. In Sweden, sheepskins are typically used as throws, where they drape over armchairs and sofas, and as rugs on the floor.
Karlsbergs Gård is located in Hjo in Sweden and is a farm owned by Susanne and Sven-Olof Flykt. They keep around 350 ewes, which are raised to full organic standards and raise between 800-900 lambs each year. As well as selling sheepskins from their own flock, they also sell sheepskins brought in from other Swedish farms, which is how they can offer a constant supply and such wide range of sheepskins. The sheepskins available are from a number of breeds including Swedish Finewool and Godland Peltsheep, as well as mixed breeds such as Swedish Finewool/Leicester and Swedish Finewool/Godland Peltsheep. Unless explicitly stated, the grey sheepskins are typically mixed breed where the grey colour is from the Gotland Peltsheep. The white sheepskins with curls are typically from a Leicester mixed breed.
All sheepskins are bi-products of meat production, based on a stron ethos of using the whole animal for consumption and the rearing of sheep and slaughter of livestock comply with strict Swedish animal welfare regulations. Swedish farmers get a good return in their sheepskins, which is why they have pursued selective breeding not only to enhance meat quality but also the quality of the pelts.
To prepare sheepskins they go through a rigorus tanning process, where chrome is traditionally used and is the ingredient that makes a sheepskin washable. Sheepskins can also be prepared organically without chrome, but then they will not be washable, and will then have an EKO stamp on the leather side according to EU regulations.
Each sheepskins is unique with its natural colour, no skins are dyed or bleached, which iswhy for example the white sheepskins can vary slightly in colour ranging from colder to warmer whites. Sheepskins can also have colour variations with speckles or sometimes even different colour dots coming through.
New skins may leave a fine white dush from the underside so it is important they are not places directly on furniture but instead placed on a cloth or towel which is laid between the skin and armchair or sofa.
It is important to remember that a sheepskin is a natural material and to make sure it will last and look at its best it must be taken care of.
We recommend you:
● Shake the skin outside to air it and vacuum occasionally
● Hand the skin outside on a slightly damp day, this will not only keep your sheepskin clean, but will also help keep curls tight
● Although sheepskins can be washed we recommend that spills and stains are spot treated using a wool detergent and a brush
If you need to wash the skin then
● Wash it on a gentle 30-degree wool cycle using a wool detergent
● Dry flat or hang it
● Whilst drying, work the leather side of the skin with your hands by stretching it since all leathers naturally shrink when wet
Each skins is labeled with a sticker, which states whether it is a washable (tvättbart) or non-washable skin (ej tvättbart).