Astrakhan Wool

Astrakhan Wool
This name is given to a grade of Karakul lambskins. The astrakhans are less lustrous, have longer hair and a much more open curl than the first grade of Karakul lambskins, which are Known as Persian lamb. The name is taken from a province of that name bordering on the Caspian Sea, in the S.E. part of European Russia. The name is also applied to woven and knitted imitations of natural astrakhan. Mohair and lustre wool yarns are used to give the lustre.

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