What has been the treasure of kings for centuries and is even today rarer than a new Ferrari?
The answer is an eiderdown comforter.
The eider is a large, arctic duck , somateria mollissima in Latin, which has been protected by law in Iceland for over a century. Every spring it returns ashore from its habitat, the North Atlantic ocean , makes a nest, sheds 17 gram of grey, very light down into it and lays 4-5 big eggs. After its ducklings have hatched, all eiders return back to the ocean.
The down left behind, comes only from female, fully grown, live birds. This makes it always mature and uniform.
Currently, the majority of eiderdown on the world market comes from Iceland where harvesting it is a thousand year old tradition. Only 2.5 t are properly gathered every spring and cleaned by specialized, secret technology which leaves Icelandic eiderdown without contest in quality. This is an environmentally friendly, sustainable, green industry.
Quality of eiderdown is confirmed by tests of the IDFL Institute
Testing methods: IDFL Brief Explanation of Isotope Testing.pdf
Qtec certificate: Qtec Certificate as of 27 April, 2011.pdf