Sheepskin seat cover

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A sheepskin seat cover and seatbelt cover. The sides of the seat cover have been made from a synthetic material.

A sheepskin car seat cover is an aesthetic and protective automobile accessory fabricated from natural sheepskin pelts. Soft and plush, sheepskin car seat covers are said to relieve pressure points in the neck, back, and legs while driving, and also protect automobile seats from wear and tear. The woollen fleece is flame and static resistant, helping to prevent a buildup of static electricity that synthetic covers often produce. Sheepskin is also a natural insulator, and draws perspiration away from the driver and passengers' skins and into the fibers.[1] There, it traps between 30 and 36 percent of its own weight in moisture.

Typically, the covers are fashioned from sheepskin pelts that may be shorn for a more uniform appearance. Sheepskin seat covers are usually availably with several different lengths of wool to choose from. The sheepskin pelts are machine-stitched together on the underside to create a smooth sheath that covers the automobile seat and fastens beneath it with sturdy elastic straps.

The use of sheepskin seat covers in moving vehicles dates back centuries, perhaps as long ago as the Bronze Age, when wagons and carriages were first used. As long as primitive wagons and more elaborate carriages have existed, people living near sheep have been draping the animals’ pelts over their seats to offer comfort and warmth.

The more sophisticated, tailor-made sheepskin car seat covers of our era have been popular in Europe for decades, and they grew in great popularity in the United States in the mid ’70s. Tailor-made sheepskin seat covers are considered a luxury item and are most popular with high-end luxury sports car drivers.

Other sheepskin seat covers are available for bicycles, infant car seats, motorcycles, saddles, strollers, and wheelchairs.

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  1. ^ The natural fibre of wool Retrieved on 9-2-2009