This Australia Day, 26th January 2016, we’re celebrating one of the country's most renowned exports and cultural icons: the fabulously fleecy Merino sheep. But why has ancient Merino wool endured as a favourite fibre in Australian homes? Let us count the ways.
- Introduced to Australia in 18th century, the Merino sheep is now considered a heritage breed in Australia. Sourcing this hide locally makes for a more affordable product, while also supporting the local economy.
- When assessing wool quality, fibres are measured in microns. Merino wool fibres typically rate on the lower end of the scale, resulting in an ultra-fine fibre: the finer the fibre, the softer it is to the touch. Merino’s superior softness is a key factor in its ongoing popularity.
- Merino is a staple in winter wardrobes, but not only because it is gentle against skin. The fibre remains breathable and naturally heat regulating while also providing insulation. It offers warmth but does not overheat, which is why sheepskins work perfectly in a little one’s cot or bassinet.
- Allergy prone? Take comfort in welcoming Merino wool at home, as it is also hypoallergenic and antibacterial.
- Unlike man-made fibres, each natural hide is one-of-a-kind and will be a go-to piece in your home for generations. When the time comes to part ways with your sheepskin, it is completely biodegradable and therefore won’t contribute to long-term landfill.
- While polyester throws might be cheaper than their merino counterparts, they ultimately lack in quality and safety. Real Merino is flame resistant, making it a sensible choice for home furnishings.
Celebrate Australia Day with us.
We’re giving you 10% off all Merino rugs and cushions. Simply enter "AustDay10" at check out to receive your discount. Be quick – this offer is available until Sunday 31st January 2016, or while stocks last!