This resilient breed of sheep that was first developed in the late 17th century in Rambouillet, France by selective breeding between a select few hundred of the best Merino sheep from Spain. Brought to the United States in 1840, two-thirds of this hardy breed now reside in the Western Mountain Ranges. Hailed as luxurious French Merino, this defined breed boasts a long staple length, a micron count of 20, next to skin softness, and lovely bounce. This is fine wool to blend with other luxury fibers to add elasticity without compromising softness. The fleece is prized for being dense with square, matte fibers, and a defined crimp. Excellent for beginner and advanced spinners alike. Rambouillet also takes dye beautifully and wet and needle felts with ease.