For thousands of years, cork has been protecting, inspiring and dazzling the human being. Its origin takes us back to the V century B.C., where it was used as an amphora for sealing wines, shoes, floats and fishing materials. Centuries later it was used as an insulator of cold and moisture and in the XV and XVI centuries it was applied on the caravels that led the Lusitanian navigators to the world’s discovery.
Cork, the outer bark of the cork tree, QUERCUS SUBER L, is a vegetable fabric formed by millions of micro-cells, which are filled with a gaseous mixture identical to air.
This cell-like structure, similar to a honeycomb, gives cork great elasticity and, as incredible as it may seem, cork can be compressed to half of its size without losing its flexibility.
The cushion-like cells have a truly elastic memory. When compressed, they instantly try to return to their original shape. This elasticity gives cork a high level of tolerance to climate changes.
It’s light, chemical inert, moisture resistance and biodegradable.
Cork most distinguished and useful properties are: low density, resiliency, impermeability, insulating and fire retardant properties, low conductivity, high resistance to wear and tear, warm and soft touch and anti-static.