Living Fleece Rugs
Ethical, Sustainable, Beautiful
Living Sheep Fleece
Our beautiful fleece rugs are created when our pet sheep are sheared in the summer. Unlike a sheep Skin rug (which can only be made from a slaughtered sheep) ours are entirely free of cruelty and the sheep are still outside running around the fields here on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
How is it made?
The process of stabilising the cut fleece into a lasting rug is a long and complex one which felts the cut end of the fibres to mat them together into a secure backing. Simple but effective: hot water, soap, extra wool and lots of elbow grease.
Does it hurt the sheep?
No. The sheep are so happy to be rid of their cumbersome fleeces in the summer that they spent the rest of the evening running around the field and jumping in the air all four feet at once. We normally only see the lambs behaving in this way so it is a joy to watch.
Why are they sheared?
As well as making them feel more comfortable they are sheared for important health reasons. During the summer the flies can lay eggs on damp sheep fleeces and when the eggs hatch into maggots these start eating into the flesh of the sheep causing huge damage and pain, which if not treated urgently will lead to death.
Sustainable / carbon footprint / wool miles
Most sheep will grow us a new fleece year after year. The long wools (Gotland and Devon/Cornwall Longwool) are sheared twice yearly. Our shearer Martin lives only 5 miles away and the rugs are created here on the farm so not many miles covered.
Are they durable?
A felted fleece rug will not be as durable as a sheepskin rug. Think of your fleece as a beautiful work of art rather than a door mat. However, they are lovely and cosy to sit on, look beautiful draped over a chair and will be fine to warm your toes at your bedside. We also spoil our dog with a bed lined with one of our creations.
Please note that your rug is likely to contain small bits of grass, hay and moss and may shed some fibres.
Items 13-16 of 16
2. Coloured Ryeland Ewe Sheep Fleece Rug. Max. 85 x 80 cm.£150.00Out of stock
8. Valais Black Nose Sheep, Gareth. Living Fleece Rug. Max. 110 x 75cm£175.00Out of stock
13. Peredale Ewe Rug£170.00Out of stock
12. Manx Laoghtan, Bonzo, Living Sheep Fleece Rug. Max 95 x 70cm£160.00Out of stock