Joining the Club: Sheepskin Rugs

By Kate Riley December 4, 2013

I find the simplest accessories bring great comfort and this time of year it’s all things furry and fuzzy. We have a small collection of faux fur blankets to drape over the beds or sofas for chilly nights. I do love my Mongolian lambswool pillow cover, and recently I succumbed to the lure of the sheepskin rug.

I originally bought it for the floor but it has made its way to the tufted sofa. This is the spot the kitty prefers now but I love just as much for catching up on magazines or a great read. Ubiquitous? Sure. But I couldn’t care less given how soft it is.

sheepskin rug tufted sofa

metallic pillows: west elm  /  merry little christmas print: dear lillie


I absolutely love the feel of these rugs, I bought this one a few weeks ago and I’m thinking of one more for my bedroom, they add such a cozy and warm layer in winter.



sheepskin rug on sofa


sheepskin rug on chair


sheepskin on chair

sheepskin rug in bathroom

sheepskin rugn on chair

sheepskin rug on rocker

image credits: unknown, all things stylish, in honor of design, wheaton hushcha design; hannotte interiors x 2

So it’s official, I’ve joined the sheepskin rug club, raise your hand if you have one too! Where do you keep yours?




  1. I do have one of those, it’s in front of our basement fireplace, but I was not aware that they are all the rage. Makes me feel good to be on the cutting edge for once! :)

  2. I recently ordered my first sheepskin rug on Amazon. I figured it was a small investment to give the look a try, so happy i did. I’ve used it over a large leather ottoman to soften the brown in the room. For the holidays, I draped my white coffee table trunk for a winter scene. I topped it with a cloche filled with bulbs and its fantastic ( on the eyes and the feet). I absolutely see myself adding a few more in other rooms!

  3. I just told my husband today that I want to get a couple to dress up (rather, camoflage) our sofa. The slipcover is very warn. We can’t replace the sofa or come up with a new slipcover for a couple of months, but I thought a couple of small sheepskins would work. Ikea actually has a couple small ones that are cost-effective for our tight budget until we’re able to do something about the sofa. I’ve been wondering though if it would look right. Then I came here and saw one on your sofa! Thanks for the encouragement to go ahead with my plan!

  4. Mine is draped over my fabric covered ottoman to hide dirt :) and I have one on the floor. They make the best pet beds! Mine are the $9.99 version from Ikea and they wash well too. Love ’em!

  5. I’m usually not so keen on sheep skint rugs, i still remember the sheep skin coats from the 70 :) now you know how old i’m
    But here it presented so nicely its tempting to have one.

  6. Oh yes! Also didn’t realize they were all the rage;). Mine is in my closet – bought two and taped them together for a runner. The softest rug! Got another for the cabin (they also are known to repel bugs if they are true sheepskin)

  7. I come from New Zealand where sheep outnumber people! My daughters both slept on sheepskins(not long ones but special baby ones with shorter pile) from birth. Nothing beats the feel of natural fibers and nothing is more natural than wool. I love them in the bedroom and on a huge ottoman, preferably somewhere where you can snuggle up to it.

  8. Been wanting one of these for a long time and you convinced me! They sure do look so cuddly and warm and if I were a gambling person I bet it’s just what our cat, Little Kitty will surely take over once it’s positioned on our bed. Oh well, they have style, too!

  9. I have one straight from Australia. I’ve had it for over 20 years! Never thought to put it on furniture! Thanks for the ideas. I’m gonna pick it up from the folio and put it on my office chair.

  10. Hi Kate,
    I absolutely love reading your blog. Your taste and style are exactly like mine. I’ve gotten lots of inspiration from you. I was wondering if you could tell me where you got your tufted sofa? I have been pondering a few different ones and thought it might help me make a decision. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays!

  11. My Grandparents had a couple rugs they bought on a trip to New Zealand when I was a kid. The ABSOLUTE place to take a nap!! Many warm, snuggy hours spent on those rugs by all 12 grandchildren! My Mom still has the sheepskin mattress pad they got also, makes her guest bed cozy!! Thanks for sparking great memories to start my day!

  12. where did you get your frames from?????

    LOVE your site….. wish I could hire you to give me advice about my whole house.

  13. I’ve got two placed on either side of our master bed and they are GLORIOUS to squish your feet into when you get up in the morning. I want more though… for everywhere. Can you have too many? Because I think that’s impossible. haha

  14. I put one of these on the floor in my newborn granddaughter’s nursery last year and just last week went and purchased another one to drape over the leather ottoman in our small family room. So cozy that when my little granddaughter saw it she said “fluffy” and wanted to sit on it. Brilliant vocab for a 20 month old, wouldn’t you agree? (lol)

  15. So I am curious…I have owned two of these beauties in my life and both after about a year start looking like an ole ratty cat. I have combed them, and placed in them non traffic locations, but both (bought at separate times) ended up in a garage sale.

    Any thoughts on how to keep them looking their best? I love them but hate how they look after a while. I’d love the lure of them but am skiddish

  16. I have four sheepskins “rugs”…..2 on chairs….one on the bed . But the best is in my car…..on cold mornings it is perfect to keep warm. I cover my legs until the is heat and the seat warmer gets warm. I keep saying I want one for the floor by my bed but I find another use each time I buy one. A good place to purchase at a really good price is IKEA.

  17. In reference to ratty looking rugs…..I wash mine on gentle with woolite…..use very little soap. They look great.

  18. Hmmmm. I’m thinking this looks like a good idea. My Ralphter likes to sit on my day bed and watch the birds in the trees outside. I’ve put a towel there to collect his continuous flow of fur but a sheep skin would look so much better. I think I might be joining the club very soon.

  19. I got one from my MIL for Christmas about 15 years ago – I used it in our bedroom for a few years, put it away, and pulled it back out 2 years ago. Right now it lives under my industrial coffee table, peeking out from the steel legs and breaks up the busy pattern of my zigzag rug. Mine’s a biggie; lots of cozy softness! I also have used it outside for quite a few family photo shoots – perfect for putting babies on as well as armchairs in fall leaves etc. It’s a very versatile piece to own!

  20. gorgeous. I think I’ll order two right now, the leather sofa is showing it’s age and needs some softening up. Also this will help bring the room together as I just painted my French doors and fireplace white but most of my furniture is brown. Thanks for the inspiration, you have great taste.

  21. I recently purchased the Rens sheepskin rug from Ikea and was pleasantly surprised by how soft it was. I took it back though because I felt uncomfortable with the idea of using hides for decoration.

  22. Pretty, pretty, pretty please – can you give me the source of your tufted couch? Perhaps you’ve mentioned it elsewhere, in which case I apologize. It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

  23. JULES….mine are all from NZ. Son would bring them back on his way from Antarctica. One is a long runner on the floor by my bed, another on my desk chair. Car seat at one time.

    How do you keep them clean? At one time I just washed them, but doesn’t do the trick now and have to brush out afterwards. And I so wish I could buy Fairy Down bedding, they are no longer shipping to the US. Their down was is made for royalty. Plus the lambs wool mattress covers. They last forever, but years do take their toll.,

    NZ is my favorite place to be. The people are wonderful and the landscape beyond anything in the world.

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