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Why are we so passionate about sheepskin rugs?

My name is Natalie, I am the owner of 'Angus Oliver Luxury Sheepskins,' and I am passionate about sheepskin rugs. I live in Alberta, Canada, if you are familiar with Alberta you, may ask yourself what on earth made me choose to start a business selling sheepskin rugs in Alberta!

Alberta is well know for its oil production, big trucks and beef cattle definitely not its sheep production. I did in fact raise sheep many years ago here, Romneys and Babydoll Southdown along with a few alpaca's. I remember trying to find a veterinary practice that had any experience with either being a real escapade. However, it was apparent that I was not a good farmer as I found myself upset for weeks even months every time a sheep died of natural causes. 


So why did I start a sheepskin rug business after all these years since raising sheep? Well to cut a long story short, life has been rather traumatic for me as it has with many others, many lessons have been learnt and many scars left. In 2018 I was diagnosed with having severe PTSD, my life had become tremendously difficult and even day to day tasks were seemingly impossible to even comprehend. I had lost my spark, all joy had ended even though my life at the time was full of lovely people and a safe warm home yet I was seemingly stuck in a dark, cold mindset with no physical feeling in my hands and feet, it seemed like life was merely a punishment for something I had unknowingly done. In due time with excellent help I moved past the worst, but still found myself unable to cope returning to daily life in an office cubicle.


During my time off in recovery, I purchased a sheepskin rug online. I was longing to have some feeling back in my feet and hands, something soft, something that connected feelings to my brain. I found a business that actually displayed the sheepskin that I would purchase, I could not comprehend purchasing such a special item from a generic sheepskin listing 'you will receive one similar to the photo' or even a dyed sheepskin that was even more generic. I wanted something special, something natural, something that had natural imperfections and natural uniqueness. In the end, I found the rug that I wanted and it was all the way in Poland, I remember the shipping cost almost as much as the rug itself! I waited in suspense for it to arrive, 5 days later there it was. I ripped the box to shreds getting into it, and pulled out a rather smelly sheepskin rug. I didn't care about the smell, I couldn't stop touching it and I could feel it! It was soft, so soft and in other places it was course and a bit wire like and I could feel all of it! The colours were fascinating, as I moved my hands back and forth through its fibers my eyes scanned the rug noticing all the individual fibers displaying different warm hues of beautiful. Then I placed it on the floor and placed my bare feet on it, oh my gosh my feet registered with my brain and I could appreciate all that this lovely but slightly smelly sheepskin rug could possibly offer.


After that I was hooked, I had found something that revived my physical senses, and greatly improved my mental well being. I was present and in the moment every time I was touching a sheepskin rug, it was calming and grounding. This was something that I could invest my precious energy into, this was something that I was now passionate about. If sheepskin rugs could help me that much, imagine how many others it could also help. 


The fleece of  a sheepskin has excellent insulating properties and it is also resistant to flame and static electricity. Wool is considered by the medical profession to be hypoallergenic. Sheepskin is a natural insulator, and draws perspiration away from the wearer and into the fibers. There, it traps between 30 and 36 percent of its own weight in moisture. Pets love them, possibly more than you will so it is suggested to purchase more sheepskin rugs so that you are not fighting over one.


 We chose tanneries  that were equally passionate about what they did for a living. Since we purchase a large amount of European sheepskins (as sheep are rather tough to find in large numbers in Canada) we chose tanneries that specialized in processing the particular beautiful hides that we wanted to purchase. It takes a lot of skill to tan a hide properly, we chose tanneries that utilize environment friendly practices by way of any chemicals used. All of which abide by very strict European standards.


By the way, our sheepskins are not 'smelly' like my original purchase, I remember being so happily surprised when my first shipment arrived! This is connected to how the hides are tanned.


Sheepskin is relatively easy to maintain, a good brush once a week and a good shake or even gentle vacuum (no rotating brush please) and it will last for years. You can spot wash areas if need be, or you can have the whole rug professionally dry cleaned. I myself have quite a few cats and dogs in the household, each loves the fact that we have sheepskins and the sheepskins remain easy to maintain.

I chose a huge selection of sheepskins to start this business, (honestly I could not simply chose one type) each possess unique character, shape, colour and substance. Each breed of sheep has its own characteristic of fleece depending on its natural demographic area in which it thrived. Icelandic is a double coated breed, a long lustrous outer coat with a soft fuzzy undercoat and the colours come in a huge range of beautiful. Swedish sheepskins tend to be a little curly, very luxurious, gorgeous and soft. German sheepskins are large, with long and lustrous fleece, with fabulous colours. Our British sheepskins are normally quite short in fleece length, extremely fine and soft to the touch and are usually rich warm colours. As I discover more sheep breeds I shall continue to bring them into the shop and offer them to you for purchase.


All of the sheepskins in my shop are valuable by-products of the meat industry, none of them were raised for their hides. Think of it as truly appreciating sheep for all of their wonderful attributes and adoring these beautiful animals by utilizing the sheepskin as a rug, or clothing and to help keep our planet that much more plastic free by not purchasing  man made fibers or cotton which is grown with a very heavy load of pesticides. 


There you have it, this is a little bit about why I am so passionate about our 'sheepskins for sale' if you want to venture into our shop, please press this button

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