Eiderdown, The Eider Duck & The Sanctuary Farmer
Eiderdown, or eider down, comes from the Common Eider Duck, a large migratory sea duck. Eiderdown is exceptionally soft and has insulating properties superior to any other down. The eiderdown used in our luxury duvets and pillows comes primarily from Canada, in special sanctuaries located on islands in the St. Lawrence Estuary, where the eider ducks can safely rest and nest during their annual migration.
The female eider duck plucks down from her breast to line her nest and cover
the eggs. The eiderdown is gathered from the nests by a devoted team of wildlife biologist's and their assistants. Great care is taken to minimize any disturbance to the eider duck during this process, and while the birds are nesting their human guardians help protect them from predators, both human and wild. This relationship
between wild eider duck and guardian has existed for generations and helps
insure the continued existence of a beautiful rare bird and a valuable resource.
The Eiderdown used in our comforters (or duvets) and pillows is the finest available, anywhere in the world. It tests at approximately 700
fill power. Yet, due to the "hooks" in the eiderdown cluster it has a
phenomenal density and cling and insulates at an amazing 1000+ fill
power. If you were to hold a small amount of eiderdown in the palm of your
hand you would feel no weight, just a soft growing warmth.
Eiderdown is extremely rare, which helps account for its costliness. It is also the softest, lightest and warmest down in the world. Our eiderdown
comforters and pillows are highly prized for the quality, purity and cleanliness of the eiderdown as well as the quality of the heirloom fabrics and hand sewn craftsmanship. Eiderdown
The Male and Female Eider Duck