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About Alpaca




Special Notice: We are changing our inventory from adult alpaca to baby alpaca, which is a finer grade. Both grades of fur are soft, but the baby alpaca is exceptionally fine and soft. The cost is higher, but well worth it. So you will see both kinds displayed on our store as long as we have adult alpaca items in inventory. And by the way, we are discounting lots of our adult alpaca items, so this is a great time to save. Any item that is not designated "baby alpaca" can be considered to be adult alpaca. Any questions on this, or on alpaca in general, don't hesitate to contact us at interlux@comcast.net.

The Alpaca is a South American mammal closely related to the llama. The natural habitat of the alpaca is the peaceful meadows and grasslands of the high Andes in central Peru. Flocks of alpacas graze almost wild on high plateaus, thousands of feet above sea level. These animals are most commonly kept in flocks by the Native Americans in the highlands of Peru.

Rather than a beast of burden, the alpaca is kept primarily for its wool, whose natural colours can vary from white and silver to a stunning array of browns, blacks, reds, or greys. This color palette is skillfully used by our artisans to create a series of dramatic designs, both abstract and realistic to suit a wide variety of tastes and decorative motifs. Completely natural and handmade, no two of our rugs are exactly alike.

Alpaca fiber is elastic and strong and is straighter, silkier, and far warmer than sheep's wool. It is in fact, longer and softer even than llama's wool. It is one of the best fibers known for making warm, soft material. This combination of lightness, softness, and warmth make our Alpaca rugs a cloud-soft experience. And the strength of fine Alpaca means that your rug will be an eye-attracting pleasure for years to come. Truly an Internet Luxury.

PLEASE NOTE: The Alpaca is a gentle, affectionate and beautiful animal. They are also quite valuable, so no Alpaca is ever killed for its pelt alone. There are however, over 3 million alpaca in Peru, and a certain percentage of them will perish in the harsh Andes environment each year. Pelts from these animals are harvested and used to make rugs and other home accessories.