ABOUT: The Rambouillet breed was developed when King Louis XVI of France began importing Merino sheep from Spain to his estate, Chateau de Rambouillet, in Northern France. Breeding modifications lead to the development of the Rambouillet sheep which was first introduced to the U.S. in 1840.
Rambouillet sheep grow wonderfully soft fibers similar to Merino with just a bit less luster, but has an extra touch of warmth and resilience compared to Merino. The crimp of Rambouillet is slightly more disorganized than Merino which gives more loft, elasticity, and naturally incorporates more air into the spun fiber which translates into a warmer more bouncy yarn.
It is a great fiber to blend with luxury fibers as it brings bounce and flexibility without sacrificing softness.
Rambouillet will readily felt.
Staple Length: ~2-4 inches
Micron: 18 - 24
Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius, The Fleece & FiberSourcebook (Massachusetts: Storey Publishing, 2011), 148 - 149.