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Silk has become a very popular feature in many mattress and bedding products in recent years. Silk cocoons are designed by Mother Nature to protect the baby moth from heat and cold, mildew, mould and mites. These desirable traits make silk one of the healthiest materials to incorporate into your bedroom. High quality silk products are made without the use of chemicals making silk a great natural choice.
Wild silk is farmed outside, from Antheraea moths. They feed on oak trees. The silk is heavier, tougher and more resilient than Mulberry silk, at the cost of being not quite as luxurious as Mulberry (cultivated) silk.
Carefully tended Bombyx caterpillars are raised inside, and fed mulberry leaves. This gives cultivated silk the snow-white appearance it is famous for. Mulberry silk is finer and softer than wild silk, at the expense of being slightly less durable.
As with many other natural materials, silk is normally used sparingly. In most standard mattresses claiming to contain this material, silk is almost always blended with a synthetic anchor fibre such as polyester. The typical silk blend in most mattresses is less than 5%, with the rest being polyester. It is for this reason that mattress specifications almost never list the actual silk content.
Pure silk content in a mattress is almost entirely non-existant, even in ultra luxury beds. Standard brand name mattresses never use pure silk. It is for this reason that we recommend a product such as the luxeport silk topper be placed upon the mattress, as products like this are guaranteed to contain 100% pure silk.
Visit our St. Geneve silk page to learn even more about silk.