Whether you choose a sheepskin or lambskin rug is a matter of preference and how you intend to use it, but regardless of the age of the sheep, all premium sheepskin rugs have similar characteristics:
Wool density – the amount of fibers per square inch.
Wool loft – the ability of the wool to retain its height.
Color – unmarred or stained wool in a natural ivory color.
Length of the wool – quality sheepskin have a minimum of 65 mm or 2 1/2 inches.
Smell – superior sheepskin or lambskin rugs should have no chemical smell at all.
Defect free – examine the rug for defects, small holes or mars on the hide.
Wool texture and feel – a high-quality rug has a soft, silky feel.
Supple hide – the hide must be thick, soft and flexible without peeling or cracking.