The perfect, luxurious addition to your lounge or bedroom decor
Sink into the soft, luxurious fur. So tactile and sensuous.
The richness of the fur contrasts beautifully with crisp, pale linens and chic, modern furniture.
Each cushion cover is made from two pelts and fits a standard 40 x 40cm / 15¾ x 15¾ inch cushion inner (not included). They are backed with non-slip black velvetine and are handmade in New Zealand, to order.
Because this is a natural product, precise colour tones may vary a little from that pictured.
Important note: Please allow an additional 5 working days on top of normal delivery time for this product to be made. Any other items in your order will be held until your entire order is ready to deliver.
Dry clean only.
Covers may be kept groomed with light combing.
About the Brushtail Possum
The Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) is a medium sized marsupial and was introduced into New Zealand in 1837. It is from a completely different family to that of the American Opossum, and has a fur quality similar to Mink. With no natural predators, numbers exploded to approximately 70 million in the 1980s, with possums chewing their way through 21 000 tons of native vegetation each night. As well as competing directly with native birds for food, possums eat birds’ eggs, chicks and insects. Their voracious appetite threatens the survival of many of our native plants, insects and birds, including the iconic flightless kiwi.
Animal health and conservation authorities spend many millions of dollars each year on trapping and controversial poisoning campaigns in attempts to control the pest. In addition, the possum fur industry helps to keep the possum numbers down. Recent figures have shown that due to two decades of control, possum numbers have dropped to approximately 45 million. However, we must remain vigilant as with no natural predators, New Zealand conditions are so favourable for possums, they are often able to breed twice a year and could easily and rapidly increase in numbers once again.
New Zealand Nature believes in a market solution to the possum problem. Efforts to reduce the millions of possums in New Zealand’s forests have been boosted by companies that use possum fur to make luxurious garments and homewares.