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Monday, 18 April 2016

Mattress

The Upper Class Romans owned beds decorated with gold, silver or bronze with mattresses stuffed with feathers, hay, reeds or wool.

At the siege of Acre during the Third Crusade, England's Richard I was stricken with fever. He was carried to the scene of the battle on a mattress. It is claimed that as he lay there the king discharged his arrows killing many Turks.

The word “mattress” is Arabic in origin and was most likely brought to Europe by Crusaders.

The root word of mattress means "place where something is thrown down", referring to the Arabic practice adopted by Europeans during the Crusades of sleeping on cushions on the floor.

In the 14th century the poorest people slept on a straw mattress on the floor with whatever warm covering they could get.

Mattresses in Queen Elizabeth I's time were filled with straw and held up with a rope stretched across the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope. Mattresses were then placed on top of ropes that needed tightening- hence the phrase sleep tight.


Cotton mattresses were introduced in the middle of the 18th century.

German Heinrich Westphal invented the innerspring mattress is 1871 but it wasn't until the 1930’s that innerspring, upholstered mattresses gained prominence in the North American market.

In 1987, 25% of all mattress sales were waterbeds.

The average mattress contains two million house dust mites.

Source  Lowvelder 


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