A city in southern Russia, and also the Russian name for the karakul sheep originating from central Asia that live around the mouth of the Volga.

Their curly fleece is on the coarse side. It is distinctive and easily recognisable when used as rugs, or spun, knitted or woven into a naturally curly fabric; lambs’ pelts are made into warm hats.

Known by other names, the karakul sheep thrive in Italy, Germany, south-west Africa and Namibia, where they were brought by German colonists in the early 20thC.

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