Alpaca fleece is the natural fiber harvested from an alpaca. It is light or heavy in weight, depending on how it is spun. It is a soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep's wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. Alpaca fiber is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber, has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting. Suri has no crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods. The designer Armani has used Suri alpaca to fashion men's and women's suits. Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments made by the indigenous communities to sophisticated, industrially made and expensive products such as suits. In the United States, groups of smaller alpaca breeders have banded together to create "fiber co-ops," to make the manufacture of alpaca fiber
products less expensive.
Types of Alpaca Rugs :
There are two styles of Alpaca to choose from in our Alpaca fur rug collection. "Hua and "Suri" Alpaca. Both styles are available in a wealth of colors and sizes.
There are two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dreadlocks but without matted fibers). Suris, prized for their longer and silkier fibers, are estimated to make up 19-20% of the North American alpaca population. Since its import into the United States, the number of Suri alpacas has grown substantially and become more color diverse. The Suri is thought to be rarer, most likely because the breed was reserved for royalty during Incan times. Suris are often said to be less cold hardy than Huacaya, but both breeds are successfully raised in more extreme climates. They were developed in South America.
1."HUA" Alpaca rugs:
Our "Hua" Alpaca rugs have a thicker make up than the Suri, yet just as tactile. This is rich and lush surrounding to the touch, bringing a new meaning to luxurious
comfort. Hua Alpaca has a beautiful luster, ensuring an unforgettable addition to its surroundings. Hua is a shorter, thick, dense and silky soft fiber that holds
its footprint. Hua is considered the finest fiber and quality.
2."SURI" Alpaca rugs:
Our "Suri" Alpaca rugs have a long, silky texture. This fiber keeps an extraordinary amount of air, making it feel light and breezy to the touch. Our Suri pieces reflect light in the most amazing way, creating a beautifully unique aesthetic or great beauty to your home. Suri has little density and lays down in all directions. Loved for its high sheen,gleam,gloss and silky soft, lanky fiber.
Both fiber styles infuse the height of emotion, beauty and indulgently sumptuous luxury. Known as the Fiber of the Gods. Alpaca fur is one of the softest fibers that you will ever feel.Some of it's qualities and uniqueness are:
Fiber structure of Alpaca rugs:
Alpaca fiber is similar in structure to sheep wool fiber. The fiber softness comes from having a different smoother scale surface than sheep wool. American breeders have enhanced the softness by selecting for finer fiber diameter fiber, similar to merino wool. Fiber diameter is a highly inherited trait in both alpaca and sheep. The difference in the individual fiber scales compared to sheep wool also creates the glossy shine which is prized in alpaca. Alpaca fibers have a higher tensile strength than wool fibers. In processing, slivers lack fiber cohesion and single alpaca rovings lack strength. Blend these together and the durability is increased several times over. More twisting is necessary, especially in Suri, and this can reduce a yarn's softness.
The alpaca has a very fine and light fleece. It does not retain water, is a thermal insulator even when wet and can resist solar radiation effectively. These characteristics guarantee the animals a permanent and appropriate coat to protect against extreme changes of temperature. This fiber offers the same protection to humans.
Qualities of ALPACA fur
• Alpaca's unique hollow fiber is incredibly lightweight and warm. Second only to silk for strength, Alpaca is comparable to the luxurious softness of cashmere yet more durable and far more hard wearing than both.
• Soft as cashmere and seven times warmer. Stronger and lighter than any comparable fiber.
• Another wonderful quality about Alpaca fur is that it is naturally hypoallergenic and lanolin free, so you can enjoy our Alpaca furs no matter who you are, or who you are entertaining.
• Our luxurious Alpaca rugs, fur rugs big fur rugs and fur area rugs will add a sense of luxury, beauty and style to any room or setting. Our Alpaca rugs and fur rugs have a luster and beauty that is unmatched. Amazingly soft, Luxurious and Comfortable.
Elite alpaca breeders in the United States are attempting to breed animals with fleece that does not degrade in quality as the animal's age. They are looking for lingering fineness (fiber diameters remaining under 20 micrometers) for aging animals. It is believed this lingering fineness is heritable and thus can be improved over time.
As with all fleece-producing animals, quality varies from animal to animal, and some alpacas produce fiber which is less than ideal. Fiber and conformation are the two most important factors in determining an alpaca's value.
Alpacas come in 22 natural colors, with more than 300 shades from a true-blue black through browns-black, browns, fawns, white, silver-greys, and rose-greys.
However, white is predominant, because of selective breeding: the white fiber can be dyed in the largest ranges of colors. In South America, the preference is for white, as they generally have better fleece than the darker-colored animals. The demand for darker fiber have sprung up in the United States and elsewhere, though, to reintroduce the colors, but the quality of the darker fiber has decreased slightly. Breeders have been diligently working on breeding dark animals with exceptional fiber, and much progress has been made over the last few years.
What you can expect from Alpaca rugs
Our focus is on providing unique, high quality Alpaca rugs and fur rugs for our customers. We feature incredibly luxurious Alpaca fur of unrivaled quality. We produce an exquisite selection of Alpaca rugs, fur rugs, big fur rugs and fur area rugs in many colors, styles and sizes. We have put together a selection of Alpaca products that the discerning customer will appreciate. Indulge your senses with a whole new concept of luxury and comfort with an Alpaca rug, fur rug or fur area rug. Come experience the beauty and comfort of Alpaca.
Hand crafted with 100% humanely acquired, guilt-free premium alpaca, we bind all layers together resulting in a more solid and durable natural alpaca rug, fur rug, big fur rug and fur area rug. Using the latest in tanning technology, we ensure our Alpaca rugs will last for generations.
Why to get others if you can enjoy it ECO-FRIENDLY!
All Alpaca rugs, fur rugs and fur area rugs are made to order. All Alpaca Plush products are finished in the USA. All Alpaca rugs are made with our special layer of
cushion and Woven wool backing. Each Alpaca rug purchase comes with our custom cut eco-cushion organic non-slip rug pad and our custom made linen storage bag which
protects and allows your fur to breathe while being stored. Our plush eco-cushion non-slip rug pad is safe for all flooring and adds even more plush comfort and
safety. Production takes approximately 8-12 weeks. Slight imperfections and differences in color and shade are part of the unique natural style of Alpaca fur. This
ensures always the most natural and beautiful appearance of the fur, even in dyed colors.
How to take care of your Alpaca rug:
• Do Not Wash
Alpaca skin rugs or pelts are like leather, but softer, so you cannot wash them, steam-clean them or get them wet. If you do, you could cause the pelt to discolor, stiffen or change its shape completely. Washing causes the natural oils in the hide to dry out and may ruin the rug or make its fur less soft. The hide also hardens with washing.
• Powder Clean
Lightly douse the rug with baby powder or cornstarch. Place it outside where it can hang in the sun for a couple of hours. Brush the powder into the hide with a
hairbrush or other soft-bristle brush. After brushing, shake the rug to remove excess powder or cornstarch. Repeat the process as needed to restore your rug.
• Not for Wet Areas
Alpaca rugs are not meant for use in a bathroom or an area where they can get exposed to water; this exposure can harden the pelt or make it smell. After cleaning any liquid spills and drying it, powder and brush the hide to revitalize it. Lightly powder your rug before storing it in a dry area.
Use the soft brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner wand to pull any loose debris out of the rug's fur. Do not run the vacuum cleaner over the rug; use only the
attachments to avoid damaging it. To restore the rug's fur, brush it vigorously with a hairbrush.
• Liquid Spills
Blot up the spill with a paper towel or soft cloth. Apply cornmeal, salt, flour or baking soda to clean the area and absorb excess liquids. You can spot-clean some stains to remove any discoloration. Create a cleaning solution comprising a few drops of shampoo or mild soap mixed in a cup of warm water. Add a small bit of cornmeal to the soapy water and thoroughly mix. Clean the spill with a cotton cloth dipped in the mixture, but avoid saturating the area with the liquid. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove soapy residue. If the liquid created a stain, add a bit of oxygen bleach to the mix. Dry with a hair dryer set on warm, without overheating the pelt.
No Alpacas that we source our materials from are killed for their fur. There is a prohibition in effect against killing alpacas for their hides: it is illegal, impractical, and immoral to do so. Our producers only use humanely acquired Alpaca hides to make our creations, sourced as a by-product. In Peru, Alpaca is a culinary delicacy, therefore their hides, like cow hides, are a by-product of the demand for alpaca meat. Alpacas are farmed and raised in a manner that encourages long life spans and are sheared annually. The majority of alpacas have died of natural causes, due to the rough living conditions and high altitude of the South American Andean Mountains. It would not be practical or ethical to kill Alpacas simply for their hides. The Alpaca industry is a very well regulated and animal friendly industry. Our producers use the hides of humanely acquired Alpaca fur to make our fur creations. Alpaca Plush closely follows all the laws that prohibit and regulate any mistreatment of alpacas.Luxurious premium Alpaca fur, Alpaca rug, fur rug, big fur rug, fur area rug, white fur rug, gray fur rug, grey fur rug, black fur rug, Pink fur rug, Alpaca fur rug, furry rugs and fluffy rugs are all available on our rugmall store, Happy Shopping :)