Hand-tufting is a time-honored technique dating back to the 17th century. It’s also highly functional. It prevents trenches and lumps from appearing over time. And wool tufts act as anchors by pulling yarn through each layer of the mattress. This secures them in place without the use of dangerous chemical adhesives between the comfort layers of GOTS Organic Certified cotton ticking, our GOTS Organic Certified wool, and our GOLS Organic Certified latex (our cotton, wool, and latex are also STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®).
The Hand-Tufting Process
Tufting is the last step in the production process, all of which takes place in our Los Angeles factory. It begins with 10- to 17-inch steel tufting needles, which are threaded with fabric tape, then anchored by decorative yarn rosettes made from organic wool.
Next, we place the mattress in a specialized compactor, which firmly holds and compresses the mattress, while it is turned to a vertical orientation. This makes it easier for a two-person team to perform the manual tufting work.
The process is time-consuming. The threaded steel tufting needles are punched through all of the layers of the mattress, one by one, in a carefully prescribed and alternating pattern, before being tied at the bottom with anchors made from organic wool felt.
Once the mattress is fully tufted, the compressor releases the mattress. It then expands and the tufts are pulled taught. This gives the mattress those beautiful undulations and its distinctive luxury appearance. 😀