Strong, durable and flexible: horsehair has been used in Europe for over 500 years. It is used to stuff mattresses, pillows and mattress pads for a wide range of uses. The family-run business Moosburger Rosshaarmanufaktur from Hörbranz on Lake Constance is one of only four companies in the world that are preserving and developing this craft.
The art of upholstery has been handed down from father to son in the Moosburger family for over 100 years. This lineage includes Christian Moosburger, who now runs the company. Over the course of five generations, the family has worked with the full range of upholstery materials. Their experiences with horsehair were always the best as it offers the ideal properties for upholstery and works well with different climatic conditions. That is why the company chose to specialise in this high-quality upholstery material.
The horsehair comes from all over Europe and is collected together, cleaned and processed in the factory. The Moosburger family business runs its own horsehair washing facility and spinning plant using tried-and-tested traditional methods. Once it has been washed, the horsehair is spun, which involves twisting it into strands that are about the same thickness as your thumb. The strands are then steamed and are stored for at least three months. Depending on orders, these strands are then untwisted and combed. This produces the typical ‘curly’ form of horsehair for upholstery.
When it comes to beds, a pure horsetail mattress is an upholsterer’s crowning achievement. Producing these mattresses takes lots of experience and specialist knowledge, sensitive work and a great deal of practice. They are truly hand-crafted for really good sleep.
You can marvel at the versatile horsehair products from Moosburger and find out more about this traditional craft at stand A 20 in hall 8.0.