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Why Natural Fibres?

The human skin is not only a closed surface, but a breathable layer of our body. Through pores and our body hair the temperature of our body is kept under control. From the surface of our skin the humidity will have to evaporate into the air around us.

If this process is blocked (by wearing a plastic coat, rubber boots or sleeping on a synthetic foam) we feel uncomfortable. Natural fibres go well with our skin, (Cotton shirt, real leather shoes, wool ticking). The reason is that natural materials have always been part of the air-conditioning of a living thing. They are designed to transport the humidity.


Unlike petroleum-based products, the natural materials which we use

are not in limited supply; they are constantly being replenished by

nature and so the ecological balance is maintained. Animal hair and

coco fibres are mostly disposable by-products of a different process.

We reuse these materials and give them a new purpose in life.


About Fibres.


Natural fibres are produced by plants and animals. These fibres can be spun into filaments, thread or rope. Woven, knitted, matted or bonded, they form fabrics that are essential to today's society.

Plant fibres include seed hairs, such as Cotton; stem (or bast) fibres, such as Flax and Hemp; leaf fibres, such as Sisal; and husk fibres, such as Coconut. Animal fibres include wool, hair and silk.

                                                       These fibres and textiles have been a fundamental part of human life since the dawn of                                                         civilization. Fragments of cotton and hair dated from 5000 BC have been found in                                                         Egyptian pyramids. The history of silk begins in the 27th century BC. The oldest wool                                                         textile, found in Denmark, dates from 1500 BC. Fibres such as Jute and Coir have been                                                         cultivated since antiquity.

                                                        While the methods used to make fabrics have changed greatly since then, their

                                                        functions have changed very little; today, most natural fibres are still used to make                                                         clothing, to insulate, soften and decorate our living spaces. Increasingly, however,                                                         traditional textiles are being used for industrial purposes as well as in components of composite materials, in medical implants and geo- and agro-textiles. These fibres form a very sustainable alternative to synthetic fibres.




About Horsehair.


Horse hair is very resilient by nature and has fantastic ventilating properties. The hollow fibre

transports humidity away from the body and ensures a comfortable micro-climate.


Horse tail hair is very special in this respect. It is the strongest, longest and most coarse fibre.

It has a very open core. Through the capillary action of the core and the scales on the surface

it creates an excellent media to transport humidity.


Horsehair is used by the top-quality bedding manufacturers and upholsterers to provide their

products with greater durability and comfort.


We use hair in both divans and mattresses with traditional ‘hand-made’ production techniques.


This type of hair is extensively used by premium quality manufacturers in the UK and Europe.


In the most exclusive beds you will find layers of hand-layered curled resilient horsehair. Curling is achieved by spinning the fibres into ropes. These ropes are then steamed which fixes the curl.



About wool.


Virgin wool curls naturally. Using it in bedding and mattresses results in stylish, comfortable

volume. Wool can absorb twice as much moisture as cotton, and thirty times as much as

Polyester.


Wool has naturally high flame resistance, because of its low flammability and flame

suppressant properties, it helps stop fire by choking it. Products made from pure new wool

do not cause allergies.


Virgin wool absorbs moisture from the surroundings, stopping fungal growth and so braking

the food chain the house mites depend on.




About Cashmere.


Cashmere is a wool or fur of the Kashmir goat.


The fibres are highly adaptable and are easily transformed into fine or thick yarns, and light to

heavyweight fabrics.


The high moisture content allows insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in

the air.




About cotton.


Almost pure cellulose, cotton is the worlds most widely used natural fibre.


The main reasons for this are it’s softness and breath-ability.


Cotton absorbs moisture readily which makes it comfortable in hot weather.









About Mohair.


Mohair is a wool-like textile fibre produced as a ‘simple’ fleece on Angora goats. Like wool,

Mohair is a protein fibre.


The distinctive properties of Mohair have made it a highly sought fibre down the centuries for

both clothing and home furnishings.


Its soft luxurious feel and rich lustre combine with great durability.




About coir.


Coco fibre is collected from the coconut husk. Once transformed into sheets, it is used in some of

our products, providing excellent ventilation.


The sheets can be sprayed with natural latex to provide both rigidity and elasticity. The sheets

can also be needled to enhance ventilation and resilience.


The coir fibre is very tough. It is elastic and strong, and it hardly deteriorates at all over time.

The fibre provides good temperature management.


It is hygroscopic and so binds excess room humidity. Excellent for use as an insulator pad.




About bamboo.


Bamboo fibre is a ‘green’ natural fibre and can be used in many fields, such as, home textiles,

bedding, underwear and sports wear.


The microstructure of bamboo fibre can enhance the coolness and breath-ability of bamboo

finished products.


Bamboo fibre has unrivalled softness. It absorbs up to four times more moisture than cotton

and has natural antibacterial elements.





About natural latex.


This material feels extremely soft and supportive. It helps to relieve pressure points.


Natural latex is a natural renewable material.


100% pure natural latex is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial, mould and dust mite

resistant, making it perfect for allergy sufferers or anyone wanting to breathe fresh clean air

whilst they sleep.


In addition, natural latex is breathable, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer.


Latex comes from the Hevea Brasiliensis or rubber tree, it is the most naturally durable

cushioning material available. So while it might cost a little more initially, only latex will

provide you with the perfect balance of comfort and support for years to come.