Made around New Zealand
We are in love with these finely woven, luxuriously soft lambswool throw by Ruanui Station in the Central North Island of New Zealand.
From start to finish, this beautiful throw was made in New Zealand. Sheep are farmed and shorn at Ruanui Station near Taihape, just as they have been for three generations. The lambs wool then journeys to Hawkes Bay for scouring, Wellington to be spun, and Auckland to be woven into luxuriously soft blankets.
Size: 150cm x 180cm
Andrew and Meredith own Ruanui Station, in the hills west of Taihape, sitting at an altitude of 550m above sea level. With majestic Mount Ruapehu as its backdrop, they farm Angus Cattle, 18,000 Romney Sheep, and Red Deer at their sprawling country station that has been in the family siince the 1950s,
The stock thrive in the rich, elevated environment, and have been farmed for the past 70 years by the Carpenter Family. Like many sheep farmers in New Zealand, the Carpenters can't always sell their wool for a decent price, so they started making blankets out of the lambswool to support the sustainability of their farm.
As the third-generation of their family to farm at Ruanui Station, the Carpenters have a strong sense of guardianship of the land and respect for its history. To reflect this, each of their lambswool throws are named after a paddock at Ruanui Station, connecting the final product back to the land, from where it originated.
While farming practices have certainly advanced since their forebears were working the land, one thing remains unchanged at Ruanui; horses are still part of the daily operation. Looking out at the hills surrounding the station, you can often see shepherds on horseback tending to their stock, just as they have for 150 years.