Kangaroo Island Wool looking for throw rug designs

KI MERINOS: Merino wool sheep on Kangaroo Island. Photo: KI Wool
KI MERINOS: Merino wool sheep on Kangaroo Island. Photo: KI Wool

Kangaroo Island Wool is excited to announce a new project to create a unique product for the Island – a throw rug made from Kangaroo Island merino wool.

KI Wool is asking for design submissions for a one-off commission to design the Island-themed knitwear blanket. 

Meanwhile sheep farmers on KI continue to get record prices for their wool clip, benefiting not only their own operations but the entire Island economy.

AgKI chairman Rick Morris confirmed prices had been exceptional for both broad wool from meat sheep and fine wool from merinos.

Strong demand from China meant the fine wool prices were up in the 90th percentile and has high as he had seen it in a long time. 

"The excellent prices mean there is so much more confidence for farmers, already coming off a pretty good year," Mr Morris said.

"There has been plenty of upgrading of sheds, machinery and other equipment, as well as employing an extra half a worker on farm. It's all really positive and very exciting."

Back to the special throw rug, KI Wool sales and marketing manager Lucy McNaught said a commercial rate would be paid for the winning design. 

"We want to connect with a broad cross-section of the tourism market on Kangaroo Island," Ms McNaught said.

"Our new rug will make a great lightweight, useful, lasting souvenir for holiday makers.

"We would also love to see our quality product adopted in the boutique hospitality market on Kangaroo Island.

"What better welcome to guests than a cosy knitted throw rug designed just for the Island.  And what a beautiful gift it would make for a 21st, wedding or house-warming – a gift that will bring years of joy and memories."

MERINOS WOOL: Fine merino wool grown on Kangaroo Island. Photo: KI Wool

MERINOS WOOL: Fine merino wool grown on Kangaroo Island. Photo: KI Wool

The throw rug will be made from Kangaroo Island merino wool. Two yarn colours will be used with a third colour effect available by mixing the two colours, creating a mottled effect.

The border will always be in this third colour effect. The colours chosen need to be harmonious and complimentary.

The blanket will be professionally knitted in two sizes, large and small, on commercial knitting machines by KI Wool's partner factory in Melbourne. 

"We are looking for modern contemporary forms of artwork that are a classic, timeless refection of Kangaroo Island," she said.

"A true keep sake that will last for many years to come. Please do not be discouraged if your artistic or design skill does not lie in knitwear design. 

"We are open to all submissions, keeping in mind the restrictions involved in the finished product."

Kangaroo Island residents – current or past – are preferred in the tender process, which closes later in March.

For more details visit the KI Wool website or to submit your designs contact Lucy at lucy@kangarooislandwool.com or phone 0459 121 097.