Did you know that our Tannery in South of England is one of the oldest and last remaining Tanneries in Great Britain?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ If you buy a sheepskin from us, you are not only supporting a third generation family business but you are also supporting a traditional tannery that has been producing sheepskins for over two hundred years, along with the many farming families who rear the livestock.

So, what goes into creating a Lambland sheepskin?

✔️ Sheepskins are sent in from the farmer, these skins are salted to preserve them. 

✔️ They are then put into a large wooden vat to be washed and fleshed, this softens the skin and removes any debris or dirt. 

✔️ Next, the skins are put into another bath of tanning solution where they are rotated and pickled, this process converts the skin into leather, so the hide is preserved. 

✔️ If we are having a sheepskin dyed, it will then go into a dye solution, then they are spin dried (such as when you have your laundry on the spin cycle).

✔️ Once spin dried, the skins are toggle dried, this is where they are stretched out to dry. They then go through a process known as ‘caging’ which is a big tumble dryer, this softens and de-greases the sheepskin.

✔️ Once dry, the sheepskins are ironed and combed, this transforms the sheepskin into a soft, silky rug – you can see the difference the ironing and combing makes in the images below, this is the same rug!  

✔️ Lastly, the sheepskins are hand-cut to shape and finished. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Salted Sheepskins
Sheepskins in Tanning Agent
Dried Skins after Ironing

On the left, is one of our British Medical Rugs, beautifully finished and trimmed to a special wool length making this specific sheepskin safe for babies.