Sheepskin rugs have been around for ages and give off both a bohemian and classic feel. The wooly fibers add warmth underfoot and are easily layered on top of hardwood floors or lightweight area rugs. Place them next to the bed, in front of the fireplace or anywhere you want a cozy feel. Sheepskin rugs are available in a variety of sizes, including single or double sheepskins or ones stitched together into larger standard rug shapes, as well as various colors, wool lengths and styles. A smaller... sheepskin rug can even double as a throw over a chair or at the bottom of a bed to keep your toes warm!
Traditionally made by tanning the pelt of a sheep with the wool still attached, natural wool sheepskin is resistant to flames and static electricity, and is hypoallergenic as well. Since sheepskin rugs are made from animal hides, most manufacturers offer information to address how the skins are obtained through ethically-sourced and certified cruelty-free methods. Synthetically-made sheepskins are also available for those who prefer it. Sheepskin rugs require little maintenance but can be combed out, dry-cleaned or machine-washed and hung dry (check the label for specific recommendations for your rug first). The best sheepskin rug for your home will fit your space and decor, and work with your budget as well. Here are our picks.
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Sourced from New Zealand, a top producer of sheepskin, this large-scale single pelt rug boasts “soft, plush wool” and a non-slip natural leather back. The wool fibers are a generous two to three inches long and the hide itself is more than 40” long where most single pelts are around 36” long. The manufacturer has ethical sourcing certifications from REACH, Woolmark and CPSC, and is undergoing testing for Oeko-Tex certification. Reviewers call this rug “good quality” and “luxurious and silky.”
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Made from two pelts stitched end-to-end for a long runner-style rug (other sizes also available), this ivory-hued Woolmark-certified sheepskin rug is produced from pelts sourced from Australian and New Zealand and made in China. Each rug is individually sanitized against germs and bacteria and guaranteed hypoallergenic and non-toxic. Reviewers say this rug is “beautiful” and “so soft” though some complain that their dogs love them so much they hardly get to walk on them. Reviewers also note that... the color is on the yellow side of ivory and that some size variations can be expected.
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Available in nine natural sheepskin colors, this Australia-sourced premium-grade sheepskin rug measures about 3½’ x 43” and is made by stitching four pelts together into a rug. The median pile height is about 2 ½ inches for a generous, fluffy rug. This larger-scale sheepskin rug can replace a 4’ x 6’ area rug or be layered on top of an even larger rug for a cozy effect. Reviewers call this rug “high quality” and “beautiful” and are pleased with the manufacturer and presentation.
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Available in 13 colors, including fun ones like Snappin Pink, Fjord Blue, Teal and Wild Fire Red on top of varying more natural shades of gray and off-white, this single-pelt sheepskin rug is as much a design statement as it is a warming layer. About 2’ x 3’, this rug is sanitized against germs and shown to be non-toxic and hypoallergenic. Reviewers consider the rug “very soft” and “plush” though some say the rugs are on the small side.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Available in five sizes and five different styles of gray wool, including short and long curly fibers as well as a longer, straighter fur, this rug offers a natural-looking alternative to the more ubiquitous ivory-colored sheepskin rug. Natural color variations are the star of this style, which sources it sheepskins from Europe. Reviewers who consider it “soft and thick” and “high quality” are impressed with this “genuine sheepskin.”
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This synthetic sheepskin rug is made from 100% microfiber polyester and is shaped into either a single pelt or double-pelt runner style. It’s available in 11 colors including natural-looking hues like beige, dark gray and white, as well as pale pastels like turquoise, pink and light blue-grey. The rug does not shed and is backed by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and is non-toxic and hypoallergenic, ideal for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Reviewers like the quality and price but... most of all, that it can be machine washed and dried.
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At 6’ x 7’ size, this is one of the larger synthetic sheepskin rugs out there, large enough to serve as the only floor covering in a room. The edges of this faux sheepskin rug are shaped to mimic the look of natural sheepskins stitched together. Made of 100% polyester with a canvas backing, this rug has a relatively low pile of ½” to 1”. Reviewers consider it “super soft,” “fluffy” and “plush” and a good price for the size.
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