Originating in Morocco, founding members of what would become the Merino family were believed to be transferred to Southern Spain in the 12th century. Spanish monks documented the domestication and breeding process with Rams from Asia Minor and they were increasingly impressed with the quality of the wool. This activity further accelerated in the 15th and 16th centuries when Spain had a global monopoly on the wool trade. It would not be called “Merino” until the 15th century—the origin is unclear but the name is believed to be attributed either to a village or a wool inspector. The 18th century saw the transfer of Merino sheep to New Zealand and Australia. Presently, descendants from the Merino family are extremely common but not all are ideal for wool production. Saxon and Peppin are both prized for their greasy, strong wool ideal for use in knitwear. Our extra fine merino has a diameter of 18 microns, or less. The lanolin rich fiber is durable, warm, and very soft—ideal for contact with skin. Merino is biodegradable, sustainable, and renewable.