We appraise the quality of each skin taking into account such parameters as size, colour, curl definition, gloss and symmetry, and our prices are based on the combined scores on each of these parameters.
Purebred Gotland sheep- and lambskin is the most soft, silkyand beautiful sheepskin in the world -no less. Gotland sheep is one ofa kind and thanks to the cold climate and manygenerations ofbreedingbyreputablebreeders -nature and breeders has securedastunning skin withcharacteristicsthat are unique andnot foundelsewhere.
Besides being a very beautiful skin, the curls also have that characteristic that they cools you when it's hot and warms you when it's cold - they retain their gloss and silky look even with heavy everyday use - no other skins have the properties.
As with everything else the price depends on supply and demand and there are only a few good Gotland breeders left and they can not keep up with the high demand. This means that prices have risen much in recent years, especially for top quality that we want to buy. We can buy Gotland sheepskin cheaper if we want to, but it will be at the expense of quality - we let others do that, we don`t want to compromise on quality. At Gotlandskin.com you can always be sure to get top quality, its how it always has been and so it will continue.
Sheep or Lamb
In our shop you can buy skins from both sheep and lamb. And while they are all Gotland skins of course there are a few important differences:
As a rule fine lambskins are generally smaller than sheep skins, and mostly have very glossy evenly sized curls, and no, or only a little underwool.
As a rule sheepskins are usually quite large and heavy, with dense curls varying in size from small on the sides and along the back to larger on the sides. Having lived through at least one cold Nordic winter, the sheep have had to put on their wintercoat, and the skins always have some degree of underwool.
These are of course very general characteristics, factors such as genetics, quality of fodder and environment, eventually determines the look and quality of each skin.
A high quality skin has the following properties:
- Good size and symmetry
- Soft and glossy
- Equally sized locks, without too much visible undercoat.
- No visible stitches or holes
About stitches, holesand cut marks
Stitching, cut marks or small holes that are only visible on the back are not commonly considered as fault on a skin. But in our appraisal system we score skins with these small defects lower, which is reflected in a lower price.
We distinguish between natural holes and mechanical holes: Natural holes are a result of blackheads ( yes, sheep have them too ! ) and mechanical holes are caused by cutting or tearing somewhere along the process at the slaughterhouse or tannery. Stitching are repairs of such mechanical holes, and they are usually very neatly done !
Cutting marks are short, sort of rough, lines on the back of the skin made during the proces of separating the skin from the meat.
Cut lenght on the sheeps fur
There are 3 common cut lengths:
1. Uncut skins the fur is somewhere between 100-200 mm. Weight: Approx. 2.5 - 3 kg 2. Plaid clip the fur is approx. 20-35 mm. Weight: Approx. 1.5 - 2 kg 3. Fur clip the fur is approx. 18-25 mm. Weight: Approx. 1 - 1.5 kg
Plaid clip is by far the most common cut length.
For a shorter tanning time the tanning company added chrome 3+, Chrome 3+ is a mineral you find in many of the things you eat regularly. We have never heard of any cases where crome 3 + has had a harmful effects on humans. - and the few remains of chromium 3+ stays in the skin, so do not worry it's not dangerous or harmful to health.
The tanning method also makes it possible to wash your skin in a washing machine at 30 degrees wool wash.