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NZ Possum Fur

Beautiful, soft, silky and superb possum fur throwsPossum fur throw blanket

Nestle into our luxurious possum fur throws and blankets on a cool evening, and delight in the silky sleek feel of real fur against your skin. New Zealand Possum fur is an incredibly silky soft, warm, lightweight and luxurious natural product.

So we should all be curled up under a possum fur throw or possum fur blanket keeping warm this winter. The bonus is that it looks fantastic displayed elegantly at the foot of your bed or draped casually over your sofa even when you are not using your fur throw.

Photograph to right by Anil Dumasia from Image Central.
 

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Possum Fur Bed Blanket Sizes Explained

NZ standard bed sizes
 
All fur bed throw sizes assume that you do not want the pillows covered so 40cm is taken off the mattress length from head to foot.

Double Bed (mattress size 135x190cm) - this double bed possum fur blanket can also be used on a sofa as an extra large sofa throw but for a bed it is designed start at the edge of the pillows and stop at the foot of a Double sized bed and has no overlap. Finished possum blanket size is 135x162cm.

Queen Bed (mattress size 150x203cm) - this queen bed possum fur blanket is designed start at the edge of the pillows and stop at the foot of a Queen sized bed and overlaps 15cm at the two sides left and right. Finished possum blanket size is 180x162cm.

Queen Overlap (mattress size 150x203cm) – this larger queen bed possum fur blanket is designed to start at the edge of the pillows of a Queen sized bed and extends by 15cm at the foot and 35cm at the two sides left and right. Finished possum blanket size is 180x198cm.

King Bed (mattress size 165x203cm) – this king bed throw is designed start at the edge of the pillows and stop at the foot of a King sized bed and overlaps 30cm at the two sides left and right. Finished possum blanket size is 225x162cm.

King Overlap (mattress size 165x203cm) – this larger king bed throw is designed to overlap the edge of a King sized bed by 35cm at the foot and 30cm at the two sides left and right. Finished possum blanket size is 225x198cm.

Super King Bed (mattress size 180x203cm) - this super king bed possum fur blanket is designed to overlap the edge of a Super King sized bed by 35cm at the foot and 22.5cm at the two sides left and right. Finished possum blanket size is 225x198cm.

California King Bed Overlap (mattress size 200x203cm) - this cali-king possum fur bed blanket is designed to overlap the edge of a California King sized bed by 35cm at the foot and 35cm at the two sides left and right. Finished California King possum blanket size is 270x198cm. 
NZ grey possum fur



Brushtail Possums are an introduced species

The possum is a major pest and is destroying the native forest and birds. New Zealand possums are nothing like the American opossum. Possum fur is a by-product of the eradication program to save the New Zealand native environment. New Zealand is full of possums, there are an estimated 70 million possums living in the cities, towns, farms and mostly in the native forest. That is around 17 possums per person in New Zealand. Only about 1.5 million possums are harvested per year for the possum fur industry.

It is illegal to farm or ranch possums for fur in New Zealand. In fact the New Zealand government spends millions of dollar each year to reduce possum numbers in an attempt to help save the native forests and birds.
 

New Zealand possums live full lives in the native bush

They are free to travel, nest and eat.They eat their way through 20,000 tones of native forest each night. Male possums fight each other viciously over territory and for female possum mates.

Most possums used for manufacturing come from remote bush and forest regions of New Zealand. Often these places can only be accessed by helicopter or several hard days tramping rough and steep mountains.

''New Zealand possum fur is the ideal home decor fur option because the leather is strong and the fur is durable.''
 

Natural New Zealand possum fur colours

The original Brushtail Possums released from Australia in the late 1800’s where Tasmanian “Blacks” and Victorian “Greys”

Today natural possums are generally a reddish brown, dark brown or warm grey with beige belly fur as shown above, however a professional possum fur grader can sort possum colours into nine distinct colours being grey, pale, black, light slate, dark slate, red brown, dark brown, red neck and rusty.

By using colouring techniques we can achieve all kinds of colours from light cream though to jet black. All dyed possum fur colours need extra protection from sunlight to avoid colour fade, especially in New Zealand and Australia where the sun is very harsh and the ozone layer is thin.
 

Brushtail possum images are reproduced with permission under a Creative Commons licence.