Wool is one of the oldest man-made textiles. Since felt is a non-woven and does not require a loom for its production, ancient people were able to produce it quite easily. Felting of animal hair has been a means of creating clothing, shelter and artistic expression since at least 700 BC. Design Felt is high quality, eco-friendly, durable, with highly saturated colors, and is perfect for demanding design applications.
While the core of the Merino fiber is capable of absorbing up to a third of its dry weight in moisture, the surface has a waxy coating that repels liquids. Water droplets on the surface of Merino will bead and roll off instead of being absorbed into the felt.
Wool fibers have a natural water wicking property that prevents moisture from being retained in the felt and naturally inhibits mildew. Wool also has natural anti-microbial properties because bacteria tend to be attracted to smooth positively charged surfaces like those of synthetic fibers rather than the scaly, neutrally charged surface of the Merino fiber.
Lanolin, the naturally occurring waxy coating on wool fibers, makes wool water repellent and provides an inherent stain resistance. This allows time for liquid spills to be blotted away before permanent staining can occur.
It takes around six weeks to transform a hide into leather. The vegetable tanning process is a masterful mix of tradition, skill and a few state-of-the-art upgrades. Sourced from only the finest North American cattle and meticulously prepared for tanning, dyeing and finishing processes. Drum-dyed, fat liquored and hot stuffed, these leathers exhibit a deep, saturated color and supple hand.
Natural, eco-friendly, peerless. A labor-intensive method, vegetable tanning leather produces superior leathers full of character.
Real leather is recognized for its durability and the character it builds with use. It only gets better with age. With use, each piece of leather develops its own unique and beautiful patina while softening along the way.