Eiderdown, The Eider Duck & The Sanctuary Farmer
Eiderdown, or eider down, comes from the 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. Once the nest is abandoned, the eiderdown is gathered by a devoted team of wildlife biologist's and their (often volunteer) assistants. The birds
are not disturbed during this process, and while they 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.
Eiderdown, when used in comforters (or duvets) and pillows, 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 it's 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