Fur rugs are natural, luxurious additions to any home. They not any look but feel quite soft fluffy and a lot of sheep feather cause them to be the centre of attraction being funky, stylish and appears very much interesting at the same time. Fur rugs are the skins of sheep with the wool fibres remaining in their natural state and are then permanently fixed during the tanning process to the skin. Wool rugs are made from stronger carpet wool fibres woven or injected into a backing material. Hides of Excellence quality Australian Fur Rugs are soft & warm underfoot or cosy as a throw draped over furniture in a great range of colours.
Not only looks but they impact positively on your health
Furs have many natural health benefits - providing support for pressure points and achy limbs, regulating your body temperature to improve circulation plus being kind to skin and bacteria repellent. Recent research shows Furs can even help promote more restful sleep. The natural temperature regulating properties in wool helps to reduce heat when it’s too hot, and increase heat when it’s too cold, so you stay at the right temperature.
Furs reduce friction and discomfort
The outer layer of protein on a fibre of wool is very smooth, making it easy for Fur fibres to move against each other and accommodate movement. So when on a sitting or lying on a Fur, your skin moves across the surface with less resistance to help reduce discomfort. It’s particularly useful for people with limited mobility - such as the elderly or those convalescing after surgery. When sitting or lying in the same position for long periods of time, Furs can make them more comfortable and protect against bedsores.
Furs deter dirt and bacteria
Fur fleece is naturally resistant to the growth of mould, dust mites, and bed bugs. Its natural wicking properties, drawing moisture away from the skin, also prevent the conditions that allow bacteria to thrive. Furs are also breathable, allowing air to continue circulating around you when rest on them - again reducing the hot and clammy environment that bacteria loves.
Furs are moisture wicking for skin protection
Fleeces have this fantastic ability to absorb moisture without actually feeling wet. Wool can carry almost one-third of its own weight in water before feeling wet to the touch. Wet skin can cause maceration and weakening of the skin over time, so this ability to wick moisture is a great benefit for both comfort and skin protection.
With so many different types of Fur rugs available, how do you choose a rug of the highest quality?
The first thing to examine when shopping for Fur rugs is the quality of the wool – namely, the wool density, loft, and length, and the color and feel of the wool.
1. Wool Density & Loft
The density of wool refers to the amount of wool fibers per square inch. High-grade Fur, like that of Overland's premium Australian Fur rugs, has a very high wool density, largely due to the breed of sheep it comes from. Also important is the wool's loft, or its ability to stay upright and straight. A lower quality Fur rug may flatten quickly, or its fibers may become curly, tangled or matted, whereas high-quality rugs boast wool fibers that retain their loft beautifully.
2. Wool Length
To achieve premium-grade standards, Fur rugs must possess both the necessary wool density and length, which is a minimum of 65 mm. Lower grade Fur may have the necessary length, but if it isn't dense enough, the long wool fibers won't be able to retain their loft, and the rug will end up looking shaggy.
High-quality Fur should have a nice, natural ivory tone, unmarred by stains or discolorations in the underlying wool. Premium Furs in other colors should display the same clean look, with no visible imperfections.
Perhaps the most enjoyable attribute of high-quality Fur is its soft, silky feel. Wonderfully plush to the touch, premium Fur adds luxurious comfort wherever it's displayed, whether next to the bed (making feet oh-so happy each morning), on the couch (cosy to snuggle up to on chilly nights) , or tossed over your office chair (making workdays much comfier). When comparing higher and lower end Furs, you should be able to feel the difference. Overland's premium Australian Fur rugs have a lusciously soft texture that you'll have to feel to believe.
The quality of the leather, or underside, of Fur rugs is equally as important. It should be strong yet supple, and free from any cracks, holes, or other defects.
1. Texture & Thickness
The leather on premium-grade Furs is firm and reasonably thick, with a soft, supple feel – though not so soft as to slide and wrinkle on the floor – and you won't be able to peel the layers of leather apart. Overland's premium Australian Fur rugs have leather undersides that have been buffed and polished with a fine stone, giving a smooth, suede finish. Lower grade Furs won't have nearly as good a finish – they'll typically have thinner leather that's susceptible to peeling apart or cracking under pressure.
2. Free of Defects
Low-grade Furs may have some minor holes, cracks, scratches or other defects on their undersides, which you won't find in higher grade skins.
High-quality Fur rugs should be free of any chemical smells, which may be apparent in lower quality rugs, due to their tanning processes.
SIZE & SHAPE
Premium Fur rugs are generally larger and more uniformly shaped than poorer quality Fur rugs. Typically, budget-grade Furs range from 80-90 cm in length, whereas Overland’s premium Australian Fur rugs must meet a minimum length of 97 cm.
2. Full Shape
Shape is equally important as length – look for Fur rugs with a nice, full shape and rounded neck area. Lower-grade Furs can be longer and thinner, with pointy neck areas designed to achieve a specified length.
Common Doubts about Fur rugs, you must know
Are Fur rugs waterproof?
Most Fur boots, including mega-popular Ugg boots, are not waterproof. However, they are water resistant, which means they can tolerate small amounts of rain and snow without suffering severe damage.
Can Fur Rugs be vacuumed?
You can also use a vacuum cleaner, but ONLY do so with a non-rotating attachment, just use the suction head of the vacuum cleaner. Depending on the size of Your Fur rug , they can be machine washed. ... Only use cold, or barely warm, water for cleaning as hot water could do severe damage to your rug.
Are they machine favourable or hand wash?
The unique tanning process that the Fur goes through enables your Fur rug to be hand or machine-washed. It is important not to use hot water when washing, however, as this may damage the pelt of the Fur. To hand wash, use a mild liquid household detergent in cold water.
Do they feel like leather?
Fur is the hide of a sheep, sometimes also called lambskin. Unlike common leather, Fur is tanned with the fleece intact, as in a pelt.
Best suited to bedrooms, why?
As being fluffy they are very cosy and appealing due to the variety of colors. Also they need extra care from dirt so used inside the house generally in the bedroom to give a relaxing feel.
If you don’t want to your Fur rug to look pale, follow this stuff
Keep it fluffy by brushing it
If you sit on your pelt all the time, it will start to flatten eventually. You need to brush and shake the Fur regularly to avoid this from happening. How often, you ask? It depends on its usage. You will notice when the wool begins to flatten.
Shake it to help it repel dirt
Since lanolin repels dirt naturally, you will notice that it’s quite simple to remove it by shaking your product. This helps the dirty particles that are loosely attached, basically fall off.
Yes, the wool naturally repels dirt but please try not to spill wine, coffee or any other things that will stain it. These liquids are not naturally occurring in nature and sheep haven’t developed a way to protect themselves against it. If you get these types of stains you will be forced to make an effort to remove them at the risk of losing the lambskin’s natural potency.
If you get a stain anyway, do this.
As I already mentioned, you do not want to use chemical detergents to remove stains from your Fur throw. They usually contain surfactants that affect the naturally protecting grease in the wool. Instead, use the cleaner that Mother Nature has given us: Starch. Simply dampen the wool a little, cover it with potato starch or corn-starch and rub it. Leave it to dry and then brush and shake the dry starch away. You won’t believe it but it actually works. I don’t know why it works so if you know I’d love you to tell me in the comments section below.
Don’t overuse water though. It’s not good for the wool to get too wet. And take it easy with the water temperature. It’s not good for the lanolin to be heated too much. It’s enough if you use lukewarm water.You should repeat this step every once in a while even if you don’t get a stain in order to keep your pelt fresh.
Avoid direct sunlight
Your Fur won’t get destroyed if you place it in the sun but it will lose its fine tone so I always recommend this part for long term use.
3 Easy and Effective Ways to Take Care of Your Fur
In summary, learning how to best take care of your Fur Rug. You simply have to follow three easy steps:
1.Occasionally remove the Fur seat and let it hang overnight in the fresh air. Shake the seat and brush the wool carefully.
2.To remove stains and give the wool new freshness, spray with water until damp, cover with potato or corn starch and rub in. Leave it to dry.
3.Vacuum or brush the starch away and then shake off any residues.
Worried about selection of placing
1. In the Nursery: We love layering rugs, and the nursery is the perfect place to do it. Just think, extra padding for those little knees and your knees too.
2. In the Dining Room: Drape one or two Fur over the backs of your dining room chairs for an instant bit of glamor. Be careful — your dinner guests might never want to leave.
3. As a Bathmat: Is there anything better than getting out of the tub and sinking your toes into a fluffy pile of fur? Sounds pretty luxurious to us.
4. At Your Workspace: You’ll be downright anxious to get started on those work projects with a seat like this waiting for you.
5. Out on the Porch: Looking to stay warm on those cool summer evenings while you’re sipping on a colorful cocktail outside? Faux fur will add just the warmth you need.
6. As a Photo Backdrop: Use a Fur rug as a snazzy backdrop for your Instagram photos to score an endless number of likes.
7. Create a Separate Space: If you’re living the #studiolife, you know how hard it is to make the living room feel like the living room, not the bedroom. Use a big, textured rug to help make the seating area in the living room feel more intimate.
8. By the Bed: Whether you have hardwood floors or carpet, you obviously need a fluffy rug under your feet in the morning. Maybe it would make getting out of bed easier? Maybe?
9. For the Most Stylish of Pets: Durable and washable, the little IKEA Fur is perfect for making a super pretty doggie bed.
10. For a Softer Seat: When you’re hosting a big dinner soiree and using things like chests and benches as extra seating, sometimes it’s nice to have something a little cozier to sit on. A tuft of fur keeps guests comfortable and makes additional seating more attractive.
11. As a Throw Blanket: A fuzzy throw adds a casual warmth to the sofa, a chair or even tossed across an ottoman.
12. Add Texture: If you’re going with a neutral color palette, a Fur rug is the perfect way to bring texture into the space without using too much color.
13. As a Runner: The slender shape of most Furs make them perfect for warming up a narrow hallway. Just make sure you put down some non-stick padding so you don’t go sliding into a wall.
14. For Unexpected Upholstery: From bar stools to benches and poufs, Fur looks great covering just about anything. DIY two of these little stools and then try to decide where to put them.
15. Anywhere Else You Can Think of: There is no better way to instantly coz-ify a reading nook, breakfast nook or even your closet than with one or two Fur rugs.