The tyrolean stone sheep
The Tyrolean Stone Sheep is one of the oldest sheep breeds in the world. Despite the silky wool of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep, the sheep breed is threatened with extinction and is one of the endangered domestic sheep breeds in Austria.
The colour of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep
The fur of the Tyrolean stone sheep can range from white to coal black. For our felt slippers made from the wool of the Tyrolean stone sheep, we use grey and black wool. In order to achieve a constant colour result, we mix the different colours of the wool according to a special method.
The wool of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep
The rare wool of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep consists of silky, shiny satin wool with longer, coarser upper hair and fine undercoat. The legs are unwooled. The wool is very warming and robust. The Tyrolean stone sheep are sheared twice a year, before the mountain pastures are driven up and down.
The home of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep
The endangered Tyrolean Stone Sheep is a traditional breed of sheep in Tyrol. The wool for our felt slippers made from Tyrolean stone sheep's wool comes from within a radius of approx. 30 km from our location in Ötztal-Bahnhof and is washed and prepared for production in neighbouring Umhausen.
The Tyrolean Stone Sheep
The Tyrolean Stone Sheep is large-framed. The rams have a pronounced ram head with evenly curved scroll horns. The females are usually hornless. Tyrolean Stone Sheep are born with a black coat colour and turn grey by the second year of life. The back of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep is long and broad. The hindquarters are well developed. The coat of the Tyrolean Stone Sheep consists of silky shiny wool with long outer hair. The undercoat is very fine. The Tyrolean Stone Sheep weighs between 75 kg and 90 kg, although rams can even be somewhat heavier.