This fluffy ball is actu­al­ly the Ango­ra rab­bit, from which the silky and soft Ango­ra wool is obtained. The Ango­ra rab­bit is one of the old­est types of domes­tic rab­bit and is believed to have orig­i­nat­ed in Turkey. The sto­ry goes back to the begin­ning of the 18th cen­tu­ry, when some sailors arrived at the Turk­ish port then called Ango­ra. The head­scarves worn by the local women were liked by the sailors because of their beau­ty, sub­tle­ty and silk­i­ness. There­fore, before the sailors left Ango­ra, they decid­ed to take some rab­bits to France.

angora rabbit

The French claim that Ango­ra rab­bits were first record­ed in France in the Ency­clo­pe­dia of 1765. In any case, it was the French who saw the com­mer­cial pos­si­bil­i­ties of Ango­ra wool and began to pro­duce this type of wool into yarn. In addi­tion to their com­mer­cial use, rab­bits became pop­u­lar pets in France and oth­er parts of Europe towards the end of the cen­tu­ry.

There are five breeds of Ango­ra rab­bits. The Eng­lish breed is com­mon­ly kept as pets due to its cute, fluffy appear­ance. It is this breed that is depict­ed in all the pho­tographs for the arti­cle.

Oth­er breeds include the Frenchie, whose fur is pop­u­lar for hand knit­ting; Giants, known for their intense col­oration; Atlas, known for their rich sheen and col­oration; and the Ger­man rab­bit. Depend­ing on the breed, ango­ra wool weighs from two to five kilo­grams. They come in a vari­ety of col­ors, often with spe­cif­ic col­ored dots on their ears, nose, and legs.

See also
Zeil - Frankfurt's Golden Mile