Low profile attractive Artcic Reindeer skin – same warning as always with these reindeer skins, even if the environmental and ethical arguments sway you into wanting a skin of your own, you should be aware that this (unlike many sheepskins) is an overt and obvious animal product. More than this, the inclusion of the animal’s tail brings this one higher up again on the sensitivity scale. We can of course remove the tail prior to shipping at no charge.
It’s clear that this skin is large – over 120 cm long on a deer skin of 84 cm wide, none the less it has a uniformity of thickness circa 3 cm – ideal for the floor and it will fit into a metre and a half square space. The area covered is substantial yet compact owing to this skin’s almost parallel sides, useful in a modern sized house. Both sides are brighter white and will want to be in a boots-off area.
The Sami tribe farm these reindeer within the Arctic Circle (Northern Sweden, Norway and Finland), where they harvest a sustainable portion for meat and fur each year. The tribe are nomadic, like the herd itself. Selling the meat and fur is essential for their survival.
Furs were commonly used in burials in southern Finland until the 14th and 15th century, and in northern Finland as late as the 17th century. Finnish forest reindeer and elk skin were most commonly used in burials. Clothes & frequently used objects were also made from fur; a knife sheath could be covered or lined with fur.