The results of this study indicated that overall mean S/P ratio of Iranian sheep was 3.2 [+ or -] 0.1 which is lower than Australian carpet wool sheep Carpetmaster (6.8 [+ or -] 0.4), Drysdale (5.8 [+ or -] 0.6), Elliotdale (6.6 [+ or -] 0.8), and Tukidale (6.7 [+ or -] 0.6) (Champion and Robards, 2000).
The similar S/P ratios in the follicle populations for the five sheep breeds largely explains the visual similarity of staple structure and density in their fleeces confirming follicle studies in carpet wool sheep in Australia (Champion and Robards, 2000) and New Zealand (Chapman and Ward, 1979).
Guest speaker Dr Garth Carnaby, who heads New Zealand's Canes is Network, said carpet wool
was ``nearing the end of its product lifecycle''.
"The first product of its kind in the UK, it reuses redundant carpet wool
and is 100% natural."
We would expect next season's auction price to be higher than the current years, especially in those fine and medium wools favoured by China, and we would expect carpet wools
to be about the same average producer return."