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The Monmouth is Abaca’s top of the range pocket sprung mattress, and also the deepest. It brings together the very best natural and organic materials. Horsehair has been used in luxury mattresses for generations because it gives such wonderful springiness and support, and there is an indulgent 2600 gms per square metre in the Monmouth. Layers and layers of organic wool are also used and each layer of horsehair and wool is carefully hand sewn to ensure a long life for your mattress.

Special support is given to the edge of this lovely mattress and the organic cotton cover is hand sewn in place. The interior side stitching gives extra resilience and this mattress has a very traditional appearance because it is hand tufted.

It has to be said that there’s a lot of nonsense talked about spring counts, and it’s not true that a higher spring count somehow means a better mattress. What really matters is that the springs are well made, that the pocket unit is properly flat and that the mattress is well upholstered.

As a mattress maker of long standing Abaca have seen the technology that produces these springs change over the years. Thirty years ago a pocket sprung unit was sewn together by hand and took an inordinate amount of time to produce, but European and North American technology has seen the market revolutionised over the last fifteen years. Even the cheapest pocket sprung units manufactured today are vastly superior to what was being made in the past, but a 1500 count spring isn’t in some way ‘better’ than a 600 count spring.

All Abaca pocket sprung mattresses are now made on 1000 count spring units … that means that there are 1000 springs in a 150 cm x 200 cm unit.

A 1000 count unit has a spring that is small enough to be reactive, but strong enough to ensure that it’s many years before it starts to lose its tension.

The Monmouth is certified as organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard by the Soil Association and is hand-made in Wales.

Abaca is a unique mattress making business based in the rolling hills of Carmarthenshire. They are unique because everything they make is produced using organic materials, and all mattresses are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) by the Soil Association.

Some fifteen years ago Abaca founder, Rhiannon Rowley, worked with the Soil Association as a pilot project to see whether it would be possible to produce a mattress that was fully organic. The answer, after three years, was yes! Abaca was launched in 2004, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So why is organic an important choice for your bedroom? Well, we spend more of our time on a mattress than we do in any other single place. A third of our lives are spent in bed, and we are at our most vulnerable while we’re asleep. An organic mattress doesn’t introduce any unwanted chemicals into your bedroom. It is common for conventional cotton to contain herbicide and pesticide residues, and for wool to be treated with all sorts of chemicals. With an organic mattress you just get pure, natural materials.