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Apart from goat or camel hair, sheep's wool is the material used most often in Nomadic carpet production. The quality of the wool is dependant upon the region, the season of shearing, the age of the sheep and the part of the sheep from which the wool is taken. Differences in wool are especially obvious in pile rugs. Not only are the sheen and softness of the surface important but also the wool-to-fat ratio must be considered since a high percentage of fat will protect against dirt, the fading of colours and the breaking of fibres. The quality of wool ultimately determines the longevity and durability of the textiles.