Sheepskins are taking over, people. I know, it’s summer. The sun is shining (for now anyway) but more and more i’m seeing delicious, curly, soft, shaggy sheepskins draped, thrown, sometimes even strewn across chairs, sofas, loungers, beds, benches and floors.
I wrote a post almost a year ago about my initiation into the world of sheepskins. Since then, my love has nothing but decupled (timesed x 10). I didn’t even know that was a word until today did you? My sheepskin love did however, feel like a bit of a guilty pleasure. I was vegetarian for over a decade based on my issues with animal welfare, but did start eating meat again when it became easier to buy organic and free-range. I do buy leather shoes, jackets and bags but would never buy or wear a fur coat. So where did I stand on sheepskins? I was unsure about how could I justify using them at home and for work.
So I began searching for ethically sourced sheepskins and came across Hide Rugs, an independent, UK family business. Hide Rugs guarantee their hides are ethically sourced, coming from high quality farms where animals live good lives and are slaughtered humanely. The hides are purely a bi-product of the meat industry, none of the animals are bred purely for their skins. So it’s nothing at all like owning and wearing furs. This made me very happy indeed. A place I can source guilt-free and affordable sheepskins.
Hide Rugs specialise in Rare Breeds, Icelandic and Gotland curly sheepskins to name a few. No two rugs are the same, each having different colouring, density, detail and sizing. And it’s this unique-ness that makes them so addictive. Each one is limited edition. Limited to one.
Here are just a few of my favourites:
Gotland Curly Sheepskin
Arrgh! I love these curly numbers. Originally sourced from several parts of Scandinavia and known for their soft, bouncy fleece and gorgeous colour combinations.
Icelandic Sheep are one of the oldest most purest breeds of domestic sheep in the world. They have the most amazing long wavy hair with incredible subtle blend of colours and markings. These beauties are rare and have limited availability, so if you see one you like, don’t mess about.
Rare Breed Sheepskin
The British rare breeds are natural in shape and colour making them a must have for the interiors addict like me. The UK has some of most aesthetically desirable breeds of sheep. They’re super thick and fluffy and incredibly soft under foot.
Hide Rugs very kindly offered to send me one of sheepskins for review (Eeeeee!) and as you can imagine, it took me about a week to choose just one. But I did. And here it is:
Waaaaa! An extremely sexy, double rare breed sheepskin in cream, taupe and grey. Isn’t she a doll?
The rare breeds start at £46 for a single and £134 for a double. They range from cream to dark chocolate brown and everything in between. My particular favourites being the ones with lashings of grey thrown into the mix.
It’s like snuggling a panda. It’s so thick and cosy and the natural colours are just gowjus.
They’re so ridiculously tactile, don’t you just want to get your toes in there? Oh and for anyone who thinks sheepskins are just for winter….
They also make the best cushions/blankets for your outdoor furniture. Perfect for a night around the firepit (or early evening as I go to bed at 8.30pm).
So have you caught the sheepskin bug yet? Pop over to Hide Rugs and have a peruse and i’m sure you will.
This review was written in collaboration with Hide Rugs. All opinions and words are my own. Always. And I only ever write about brands that I love or think you will love too.