The Merino sheep
The Merino sheep is a fine wool sheep breed that originally came to Spain from North Africa. Today, New Zealand supplies the best quality merino wool in the world. From the finest, mulesing-free merino wool, we produce fine, seamless felted slippers for the whole family!
The colour of the merino sheep
The wool of the merino sheep has a white colour. Merino wool is available in many different gauges. According to the Textile Labelling Act, "merino wool" is not a protected term and is used for wool from 16.5µ to 25µ. So the difference in wool fineness can be massive. For our slippers we use mulesing-free, fine wool from 16.5 to 18µ.
The properties of merino wool
Merino wool is very soft and does not scratch. Merino wool cools in summer and warms in winter. Wool is divided into categories and differs in its fineness. The finer the wool, the softer and more expensive it is. Merino wool wicks moisture away very well and does not smell.
The origin of the Merino sheep
Merino sheep could only be bred in Spain until the 18th century and sold under the name "Spanish wool". At that time, exporting the sheep was considered an offence, which was punishable by death. We obtain our merino wool from New Zealand, South America and North Africa, which is mulesing-free and of the highest quality.
The physical characteristics of the Merino sheep
The Merino sheep is a medium-sized white sheep and belongs to the class of fine-wool sheep. The Merino sheep owes its name to the Berber dynasty of the Merinids. The animals are about 1.40 m tall and weigh up to 100 kg. Characteristic of the sheep is the particularly beautiful and soft wool, which is won once a year. The wool yield from one shear is 4-7 kg.