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Here you’ll find high-quality reindeer skins that have been treated with natural methods and substances. In our range we have reindeer hides for indoor use, for that homely, natural feeling, and reindeer skins for outdoor use that are treated with silicone to keep them moisture-proof. All the high-quality reindeer skins we offer are carefully selected and approved.

Reindeer skins and hides- An amazing natural product

Reindeer skins have been prepared and used for thousands of years, both for practical uses as well as decoration. If you ask us, no home is complete without a beautiful high-quality reindeer skin from Lapland. When we think of reindeer we think of the Sámi people and their deep connection to the animal. There are no wild reindeer in Sweden today, instead the Sámi people look after and herd their free-roaming reindeer across Lapland to make sure they always have the very best conditions to thrive in. 

The reindeer has always been the Sámi people’s most valued possession. The reindeer was not only used in trading and as a means of payment. Most importantly it helped keep the families well fed and clothed. The reindeer’s rich milk was used for drinking and for making cheese. The meat, fat and intestines were a source of important nutrition, and the sinews were used as string to tie and sew with. The reindeer hides kept you warm and protected from the weathers, and they were also used for all kinds of crafts. Even the antlers, which fall off and regrow every year, were used in various ways.

Today, the reindeer’s meat is seen as a delicacy, and after the slaughter in the autumn, the reindeer skins are collected to make sure nothing of the animal is wasted.

The preparation of the reindeer skins

The skins are salted or dried right after slaughter. This stops the natural decaying process so that the skins can be processed at the tannery. When at the tannery the inside of the skin is cleaned of any residue of meat and fat, making them smooth and ready for washing. Certain enzymes are then used to break down the fats in the skins, preparing them for the tanning process. The tanning itself is done with a type of acid. In some instances, chrome sulphate is used for this process, but at is has been deemed harmful to human health, it’s of course better to use natural tanning agents, such as bark. After the tanning, the skins are greased, before being stretched and dried. The reindeer skins are then ready to be used!

Reindeer skin for outdoor use to sit onReindeer skins have amazing insulating properties, thanks the hollow fibres of the hairs

Why are reindeer skins so useful to us?

The hollows trap air inside them, and the density of the fur makes the hairs withstand pressure, keeping the air locked in. This is the reason reindeer skins feel nice and warm when you sit on them, even when the ground underneath is freezing cold. They also feel incredibly soft and smooth to the touch. 

The reindeer’s fur is slightly shorter and thinner in the autumn, and longer and denser in the winter. This means skins with winter fur have slightly better insulating properties, but also that the longer hairs are more sensitive to wear. You should always treat your reindeer hides gently!


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