Soft and warm, cashmere has always been considered the noblest of all wools.
But which features make this fabric so precious for our mattresses? Find out in this article!
The origins of cashmere: from the East to Europe
The Changthangi goats produce this precious and refined fiber. As for the name, it derives from the historical-geographical region of Kashmir, located in the Himalaya Mountains, in the area that stretches between India and Pakistan.
This is where this fiber was initially produced in the 13th century. Between 1500 and 1800, the emperors of Iran and India used to wear elegant cashmere shawls to highlight their social status during religious ceremonies or at political assemblies.
But cashmere has developed a long and rich history also in Europe, where its popularity has soared in the past 500 years.
Cashmere goats and “duvet”
The freezing temperatures of the Tibetan plateau and the high altitudes of the Himalayas force the animals that live in these areas to produce a thin, warm, and very soft undercoat.
This hair called “duvet” protects the animal not only from harsh climate conditions but also from high temperatures, therefore acting as a thermoregulator.
During the spring molting season, the “duvet” is separated by hand by combing the main fleece, which is less soft. This ancient tradition requires that the longest fibers, which are the finest, be separated from the shorter ones.
Features and qualities of cashmere
- Cashmere fibers are delicate and silky to the touch. These qualities are given by the fact that the fibers have an ultra-thin structure, with a diameter below 19 micrometers (unlike our hair, which measures between 60 and 120 micrometers).
- Cashmere has hypoallergenic properties that make it particularly suitable for children and all those who suffer from allergies.
- During the winter, pure cashmere is up to 8 times warmer than sheep wool and guarantees up to 3 times higher thermal insulation.
- The particular structure of cashmere rapidly absorbs and dissipates more than 35% of vapor. Unlike synthetic fibers that offer warmth but not breathability, this fabric is warm and dry during the winter period, but also fresh and breathable during the summer season.
Karat De Luxe: the luxury of sleeping on a cashmere mattress
We have chosen for our Karat De Luxe mattress a cover made of fine cashmere to ensure maximum quality and softness during sleep. Besides, its thermoregulating properties make this mattress suitable for guaranteeing a rejuvenating sleep all year round.
And to enhance all the qualities of a spring mattress, match Karat De Luxe to our Box Spring Light bed base!