The merino is a breed of sheep originating from Spain and bred mainly for its wool. As early as 1801, Bonaparte, 1st Consul, launched a vast breeding project, aiming to produce a large quantity of wool, to free himself from the English quasi-monopoly of cotton, and for slaughter.
However, although the term merino comes from Spanish, the main farms are now in Australia, which accounts for about 80% of world merino wool production, as well as in South Africa and New Zealand.
In France, two breeds share the market: the Rambouillet Merino, which now has only one flock, and the Arles Merino, which has about 260,000 ewes.
Merino wool is three times finer than traditional sheep's wool, which makes it uniquely soft and supple. Thanks to its thermoregulatory and antibacterial properties, it is particularly suitable for the most sensitive skins.
Merino wool can be washed by hand or in the washing machine with a special "delicate laundry" programme and our special wool detergent.