Karakul Sheep Fiber
Hailing from the desert regions of Central Asia, Karakul sheep are known for their ability to thrive under extremely harsh living conditions including severe drought. They were historically used for the production of meat, fat, wool, and pelts. Of most value were the pelts of lambs, called Persian lambskins or astrakhan, which were used to make a variety of warm, soft, and elegant garments. Karakul sheep were introduced into the United States between 1909 and 1936.