Cork Oak forests are found in the Western Region of the Mediterranean, with the majority of forests found in Portugal. Cork Oaks can be expected to live for approximately 200 years.
Cork trees are never cut down; harvesting is a process that does not harm the tree in any way. It is done entirely by hand, without any machinery by trained, skilled technicians. When the bark is extracted, a new layer of cork regrows, thus making it a sustainable, renewable resource.
The first harvest occurs at approximately 25 years of age & produces “virgin cork”. After the initial harvest, the tree can be harvested every 9–12 years.
The cork bark, when sewn together in strips, forms a durable, lightweight fabric known as “cork leather”.
Hypoallergenic – The bark of the tree contains a waxy substance called suberin. This substance prevents the cork from absorbing water, dust, dirt, mold and mildew thus making it resistant to all of the above.
Easy to clean – Just a little mild soap and water
Ultra Soft to the touch and will only soften more with age