Cashmere – the goat-to fibre at the heart of our mattresses
Cashmere has been prized for thousands of years as a silkily smooth, sumptuously soft and amazingly cosy material. Harvested in Mongolia and the Himalayas, the wool is named after Kashmir, where the processing first began as a result of the Silk Road. It’s also known as pasm (Persian for wool), from which the word pashmina is derived.
Where does cashmere come from?
Marco Polo is said to have discovered herds of goats in caves in Mongolia in the 13th Century. He believed that they were specifically raised for their wool, which provided an essential layer of warmth to both animals and their owners during the harsh winters. It wasn’t until the 19th Century that Europeans discovered the wool and efforts were made to industrialise the process by importing, with mixed success, the goats to France. Today, the majority of wool originates from Mongolia and the Himalayas, as well as China and Australia.
Cashmere comes from the soft under-fleece of cashmere or pashmina goats. Not only is cashmere one of the most luxurious natural fibres in the world, it also has a host of additional qualities.
What is special about cashmere?
The ultra-soft, fine fibres are absorbent and resilient, making cashmere a tough, long-lasting material to incorporate into a mattress. Though lightweight, it offers extraordinary insulating properties, which helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. In essence, you are sleeping on top of a very sophisticated micro-climate designed by Mother Nature!