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Swedish Long Wool Sheepskins

Our Swedish Long Wool Collection features sheepskins showing a blend of light and dark patches across their fleece. The mottled gray patterns are unique examples of their genetic heritage. Aside from the distinctive coloration, the fleece of these sheepskins is exceptionally soft resulting from selective breeding of flocks with fine silky wool.

The color patterns are natural, and they are eco tanned with no chromium or harmful chemicals. The look and feel of these Swedish sheepskins is all natural softness. Holding one, you’ll immediately be struck by the gentle texture of the fibers. The intricate patterns of color are something only possible in nature. These are truly unique sheepskins.

See below for more about Swedish heritage breed sheep.


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Sweden is the native home of many of the North European Short-Tailed Sheep breeds. Named for their fluke shaped tail, they are proven to be good foragers and grazers and do well fending for themselves. Their adaptability and geographic range led to many genetically distinct breeds across specific areas of Sweden, Scandinavia, and Northern Europe. The Vikings brought their sheep everywhere they settled.

Gute sheep (Gutefår) and Gotland (Gotlandsfår) sheep are the breeds native to the island of Gotland. Both have soft gray fleece, with the Gotland sheep being most known for curls. Still today, these flocks are kept to both conserve the heritage breed and to improve the soft fine wool. You’ll find most of the sheepskins in this collection to have very soft gray wool, typical of these breeds.

In other parts of Sweden, the breeds found important positions in local culture. The fleece of Dala sheep (Dalapäls), for example, were used in making the parish costumes of Dalarnia. Rya sheep (Ryafår) were specially bred for the properties of the wool. The color variety of the fleece includes a range of light and dark brown with long fibers. The sheep were shorn, and Rya wool was specifically used for making carpets.

Today, the Swedish breeds are watched over by organizations like the Föreningen Svenska Allmogefårs, dedicated to the preservation of heritage sheep breeds. Scientific research is being done to study and document the genetic heritage of the Swedish sheep among the short-tailed breeds. The sheepskins for sale in our collection are part of this effort to maintain a healthy and economically viable future for these breeds and traditional Swedish agriculture.