Most of the work undertaken is custom made to your specific size requirements, but all our mattresses whether they are standard sizes from single to emperor or bespoke, are still made the traditional way using horsehair and cotton giving you an original style mattresses that lay on top of a deep hand lashed sprung box bases, with a choice of open or pocket springs.
To this day Norris Bedding use only the finest natural materials for its fillings – horsehair, pure cotton, lambswool, mohair, cattle tail, cashmere. These are still hand teased around your choice of springs with hand stitched sides to give extra strength and a full sleeping area. Then finally covered in a 100% cotton traditional black and white ticking and rosette tufts.
Why Natural Fibres
The human skin is not only a closed surface, but a breathing 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 very uncomfortable.
Natural fibres go well with our skin (cotton shirt, shoes from real leather, wool ticking). The reason is that natural materials always have been part of the air-conditioning of a living thing. They are designed to transport the humidity.
Horsehair is used by the top-quality bedding manufacturers and upholsterers, and is one of the oldest upholstery materials known. It provides greater durability and comfort to their products, and is very resilient by nature and has fantastic ventilating properties. The hollow fibre transports humidity away from the body and ensures a comfortable night’s sleep.
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 30 times as much as polyester!
Wool has naturally high flame resistance because of its low flammability (it can manage a burning cigarette) and flame-suppressant properties, stopping fire from spreading 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 breaking the food chain that house mite depends on.
Almost pure cellulose, cotton is the world’s most widely used natural fibre. The main reasons for this are it’s softness and breathability. Cotton absorbs moisture readily which makes cotton comfortable in hot weather.
Mohair is a wool-like textile fibre produced as a “simple” fleece on angora goats. The angora breed originated in what is now Turkey. 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. It’s soft luxurious feel and rich lustre combine with great durability.
Cashmere is the wool or fur of the Kashmir goat. Kashmir goats are primarily raised in Mongolia, but many are bred in Iran, Tibet, India and China. American herders have also joined the international cashmere production market in recent years. 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.