Gotland Shearling ‘Ecru’
These ecru coloured shearlings are something special; thick, silky and lustrous, with a beautiful naturally varying pale colour. Either thrown over a chair or used to cover upholstery, they are pure comfort and softness!
The Gotland sheep breed originates from the Isle of Gotland, a beautiful Swedish island in the Baltic sea; a fascinating place with a rich and varied history of human habitation and civilisation since prehistory, and was a major trading hub in medieval times. Pure bred Gotland sheep are grey, so to achieve the natural off-white colour these sheep are crossed with a native Swedish breed with a white fleece. We get an extremely limited number of these Ecru skins each year; we are more often out of stock than in stock, so please enquire as far ahead as possible so we can try to reserve shearlings for your project.
The sheep lived on the island of Gotland itself, or in the southern region of Sweden. The skins are prepared and treated with the upmost care at the tannery, and all aspects of the work is done with the smallest possible impact on the local environment.
They are naturally coloured and unbleached, coming in all shades of off-white, the naturally occuring colours of the sheeps wool. The fleece is plush and curly, often with smaller tighter curls at the neck, moving into larger fuzzy curls in the centre of the skin. The wool is extremely silky and smooth to the touch – its like nothing else!
The shearlings are heavy and so are suitable for use on the floor, or draped on a chair, sofa or bed. They would make up into fabulous scatter cushions, and also can easily be panelled up to cover upholstery, in place of fabric or leather. We are happy to arrange panelling for you with a London based specialist furrier, please call us to discuss the details. Unlike our other leather items we sell our Gotland shearlings only by the skin at a set price as they are consistently sized.
Despite its pale colour, this shearling will naturally be good at repelling stains and dirt due to the natural oils in the fibres. They can be hand washed with mild detergent, or spot cleaned if they are used on fixed upholstery. Regular shaking-out or vacuuming will help keep the shearling looking at its best.
Panel Size Information
- Name: Gotland Shearling
- Colour: Ecru
- Animal: Sheep
- Minimum order: 1 skin
- Average skin size: 8 sq ft