Rambouillet is known as the "French Merino". It is noted for its superior wool and beautiful silky softness. Its micron count is between 18-24.5 microns. The staple length averages between 2-4 inches. It is a valuable fleece and very popular with spinners and weavers. It's also a favourite for all close to the skin garments and for any outerwear as well.
It was developed on the royal farm of King Louis XVI beginning in 1786. Spanish Merinos were brought over from his cousin, King Charles III and crossed with English longwool breeds on the royal estate Rambouillet just outside of Paris. The controlled inbreeding continues to produce an exceptional flock of sheep to this day at this historic National Bergerie.
A range animal, it has adapted well to harsh conditions in the Canadian West and 50% of sheep population the Western U.S. are of Rambouillet bloodstock.