Make your décor piece a timeless accessory that continues to inspire

When you’ve invested time, emotion and money to build an inspiring interior that is as unique as you are, with pieces you truly love – you want them to last.
Handcrafted items are truly timeless accessories, and if well cared for, it will last and give you joy for many years to come. A little bit of care can keep your favourite pieces looking their best.

Here are some tips to buy and maintain these items, so you can continue to admire and enjoy them, and possibly create an heirloom to be treasured by the next generations.

Mother of Pearl and Bone Inlay Products
Marble Pietra Dura Products
Marble Sculpture
Axis Deer Hide
Sheepskins
Leather Products
Wood Products
Metalwork Products
Upholstery
Silk and Woollen Scarves

Mother of Pearl and Bone Inlay Products

Buying a Mother of Pearl or Bone Inlay product

If you are purchasing a mother of pearl or bone inlay item, you would want to ensure it’s genuine. Sometimes, bone and mother of pearl can be replaced with fakes made of plastic. Also, for real bone and mother of pearl pieces, you need to ensure these are high quality, and not from old left-over stock, which are cracked or damaged. There are a lot of similar products in the marketplace, but note that they are not all graded the same.

These products are not mass produced; they are handcrafted, using carefully selected natural materials, by skilled craftsmen over weeks. It is not possible to produce a high quality item that will last at a super low price. Usually a cheap product means cheap materials, with low-skilled workmanship, and possibly using unethical practices with poor pay and sourcing. Above all, care needs to be taken with respect to the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Our Mother of Pearl and one Inlay furniture are hand crafted using the same techniques used to create the exquisite pieces displayed in the palaces of the maharajas and sultans of India. Our master craftsmen have spent years mastering their skills, a tradition handed down generations in a family, dedicated to this craft. You will find our furniture matches the detail and craftsmanship of the pieces crafted in the same tradition over 500 years ago that adorn famous palaces across India. Moreover, at Surrealz, we make bespoke products, customised to your needs.

We do not sell any junk. We source the finest materials and work with highly skilled artisans who have been in the craft for years. Our products undergo a number of checks at various stages to ensure our high quality standards. We pride ourselves in our ethical fair trade and sourcing practices. Above all, we work directly with the artisans to make a positive impact in their communities.

On arrival in the UK, each item undergoes rigorous quality checks at our workshop, before being despatched to our clients. We have in-house expert woodworkers in the UK, who are available for expert advice. We offer full guarantee against any manufacturing defects and are unmatched in quality. Many other sellers would send items directly from India, without further checks once they arrive in the destination country. As these are sent in small consignments and not protected in shipping containers, they are prone to more handling and hence damages. Online reviews are replete with stories of unhappy clients with damaged products.

Many sellers use a generic photo to sell off-the-shelf products, which may not look like what you receive. All our mother of pearl and bone inlay products are made bespoke, and we share drawings and photographs to seek your approval, so you get exactly what you are paying for.

Caring for your Mother of Pearl and Bone Inlay products

These products are made of natural materials and delicate workmanship, and require a little bit of care to stay gorgeous for years to come.

Three things to remember:
⦁ Avoid chemicals or modern cleaning products
⦁ Avoid direct sunlight
⦁ Maintain even, moderate temperature and avoid placing them near heaters

It is best to ensure an even, moderate temperature to avoid expansion and contraction of the wood and inlay work, which can lead to the resin cracking. Wood can contract and expand with changing room temperatures which is unavoidable but rest assured that the wood is not cracked.

Care should be taken to ensure that the environment is not too dry. Do not keep these items near heaters or any heated area. Bone can dry out and need careful treatment to protect it from cracking or splitting. To keep them looking good, rub with a tiny amount of colourless, beeswax. We do not advise the use of any oils on inlay products.

Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time as this can cause the beautiful colours to fade due to bleaching. Also, bone naturally yellows with age; this is unavoidable. Any attempts to bleach it to a gleaming white are ill-advised. Bone will yellow faster with exposure to sunlight, just like piano keys are likely to go yellow if the lid is left open.

Cleaning
The best way to clean the product is to use a very lightly moist (almost dry), lint-free cloth. For stubborn dirt, you will need spirit soap and white spirit. Use a 1:20 ratio of spirit soap to white spirit on the delicate portions of the work. For bone inlay, to keep them from drying and cracking, polish with a tiny amount of colourless beeswax using a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

Excessive cleaning can cause as much damage as no cleaning at all. Incorrect cleaning may damage or devalue the items. Take special care with the inlaid decoration to avoid catching or dislodging precious inlaid pieces. Always test any cleaning method on a small unseen area first before proceeding.

Avoid harsh chemicals or cleaning products which can damage the finish.

Care must also be taken where one cleaning method (say for wood) might affect another material (mother-of-pearl inlay) which is part of the same furniture. The Mother of Pearl (MOP) or Bone inlay furniture use a mix of wood, resin and mother pearl or bone, which are sensitive to different chemicals.

Note that MOP or Bone Inlay furniture have a porous surface, so they should never be cleaned with very moist materials. For the same reason, keep them away from strongly coloured materials to avoid staining. Items in high-use areas or exposed to spillages, such as coffee tables, should be sealed prior to use. Grout sealant (available from any hardware store) is suitable for this.


Marble Pietra Dura Products

Buying a Marble Inlay/ Pietra Dura product
When purchasing a marble inlay product, please ensure you have the information you need to assess quality and you are fully aware of what you are paying for.

Marble comes in a range of grains, texture and colours, and pricing can vary greatly amongst them. For example, a white marble can come in different textures and grains. The cheaper ones have a rough texture and are brittle; they will simply not last long with repeated use as a table. Colours, depending on their nature, can add or diminish the value of a marble. You need to ensure they are high quality, and not from stained or damaged stock.
Marble inlay products use a range of semi-precious stones. Buy from a reliable seller who would provide genuine, semi-precious stones and not fakes.
The craftsmanship also affects the quality of a pietra dura product. The quality of the inlay should be such that the surface is smooth. There should not be any gaps between the inlaid stone and the marble base, and the glue should not be visible. One can really differentiate between poor quality work versus the attention to detail in high quality craftsmanship.

There are a lot of similar products in the marketplace, but note that they are not all graded the same. One simply cannot produce a marble pietra dura product at a very low cost, given the quality of materials used and specialist craftsmanship required.

These products are not mass produced; they are handcrafted, using carefully selected natural materials, by skilled craftsmen over weeks. It is not possible to produce a high quality item at a super low price; and usually a cheap product means cheap materials, with low-skilled workmanship, and possibly using unethical practices with poor pay and sourcing. We do not sell any junk. We source the finest materials and work with highly skilled artisans who have been in the craft for years.

Our Surrealz Marble Pietra dura collection is hand crafted using the same techniques used to create the exquisite pieces that adorn the Taj Mahal, famous palaces in India and museums across Italy. Our master craftsmen have spent years mastering their skills, a tradition handed down generations in a family, dedicated to this craft. You will find our furniture matches the detail and craftsmanship of the pieces crafted in the same tradition over 500 years ago in Florence, Italy.

Our products undergo a number of checks at various stages to ensure our high quality standards. We pride ourselves in our ethical fair trade and sourcing practices. Above all, we work directly with the artisans to make a positive impact in their communities.

Many sellers use a generic photo to sell off-the-shelf products, which may not look like what you receive. All our marble inlay products are made bespoke, and we share drawings and photographs to seek your approval, so you get exactly what you are paying for.

Caring for your Marble Inlay/ Pietra Dura products

Marble is one of our greatest passions and each piece of marble we use is specially selected for its distinctive attributes, unique in its grain and colour.
Marble is sensitive to acidic substances therefore do not use harsh chemicals and any cleaners that contain acidic ingredients (e.g., lemon, vinegar), or oil based detergents.
Marble is porous, therefore, can scratch and stain easily, therefore keep them away from strongly coloured materials. For the same reason, do not place any iron ornaments on your marble table. The rust in the iron will cause a stain which is extremely difficult to remove as the stain goes deep.

For outdoors, the polish requires maintenance, using a beeswax/linseed mix or specialist marble wax that is available to buy online. This needs to be done every six months for a couple of years, then less so.
Frost and ice are the enemies of stone. A winter freeze alternating with thaws can crack or crumble any kind of stone, artificial or real. All marble structures will require protection from frost and ice. You could bring them indoors. Else, to keep them outdoors in winter, we recommend breathable waterproof covering, such as a polypropylene, to wrap the tables. Alternatively, you could build wooden shelters or sentry boxes.
If you are using a marble pedestal, you may also want to get it off the ground to prevent snow and ice from damaging their bases or frost heaves from toppling them over. You could build a level footing made of brick, cement to elevate your statue from the ground.


Marble Sculpture

Buying a Marble Sculpture

When purchasing a marble product, please ensure you have the information you need to assess quality and you are fully aware of what you are paying for.

Marble comes in a range of grains, texture and colours, and pricing can vary greatly amongst them. For example, a white marble can come in different textures and grains. The cheaper ones have a rough texture and are brittle; they will simply not last long with repeated use as a table. Colours, depending on their nature, can add or diminish the value of a marble. You need to ensure they are high quality, and not from stained or damaged stock.
There are a lot of similar products in the marketplace, but note that they are not all graded the same.

These products are not mass produced; they are handcrafted, using carefully selected natural materials, by skilled craftsmen over weeks. It is not possible to produce a high quality item at a super low price; and usually a cheap product means cheap materials, with low-skilled workmanship, and possibly using unethical practices with poor pay and sourcing.

We do not sell any junk. We source the finest materials and work with highly skilled artisans who have been in the craft for years. Our products undergo a number of checks at various stages to ensure our high quality standards. We pride ourselves in our ethical fair trade and sourcing practices. Above all, we work directly with the artisans to make a positive impact in their communities.

Many sellers use a generic photo to sell products, which may not look like what you receive. All our marble inlay products are made bespoke, and we share drawings and photographs to seek your approval, so you get exactly what you are paying for.

Caring for your Marble Sculpture

Marble is one of our greatest passions and each piece of marble we use is specially selected for its distinctive attributes, unique in its grain and colour.
Marble is sensitive to acidic substances therefore do not use harsh chemicals and any cleaners that contain acidic ingredients (e.g., lemon, vinegar), or oil based detergents.
Marble is porous, therefore, can scratch and stain easily, therefore keep them away from strongly coloured materials. For the same reason, do not place any iron ornaments on your marble structure. The rust in the iron will cause a stain which is extremely difficult to remove as the stain goes deep.

For outdoors, the polish requires maintenance, using a beeswax/linseed mix or specialist marble wax that is available to buy online. This needs to be done every six months for a couple of years, then less so.
Frost and ice are the enemies of stone. A winter freeze alternating with thaws can crack or crumble any kind of stone, artificial or real. All marble structures will require protection from frost and ice. You could bring them indoors. Else, to keep them outdoors in winter, we recommend breathable waterproof covering, such as a polypropylene, to wrap the sculpture. Alternatively, you could build wooden shelters or sentry boxes.
You may also want to get your sculpture off the ground to prevent snow and ice from damaging their bases or frost heaves from toppling them over. You could build a level footing made of brick, cement to elevate your statue from the ground.


Axis Deer Hide

Buying an Axis Deer Hide

There are a lot of axis hides in the marketplace, but note that they are not all tanned and graded the same. When purchasing an Axis hide, consider the following key parameters:
Grade – this refers to the quality and takes into accounts the finest Grade-A hides which are almost perfect (used in furniture, fashion wear), to Grade-B ones which have minor imperfections (used as throws, rugs) and then ones which have large holes or patches of missing hair. Never buy an ungraded hide.
Measurements – the hides are measured from head to the tip of the tail. But also take into consideration the width of the hide and avoid ones that are narrow.
Suppleness – the hide and the back should be supple. Beware of hides where the back is dry and cracking.
Tanning – a good professional tan differentiates a good hide from a bad one, and ensures it will last. It’s not possible to produce the best tanned hide at a super low price, and usually, a cheap hide means a cheap tan. Many hides in the marketplace are inferior tans or even use home tanning kits that fall apart quickly.

Our quality is set at the highest standards. We do not sell any junk hides as these will simply not be able to hold up on the pressure of being used in the home.
We run quality checks and grade and measure every hide.
All our hides go through high-grade professional tan that is made to last; the same that we use for Grade-A hides. Our hides are not shaved real thin or tumbled extensively, so that they will last a long time on the inside chair back that is repeatedly used. While all hair on hides will shed some with use, a thin shaved hide just won’t last as long.

We will share photographs of the exact hide prior to purchase, for your approval so you can select the exact hide you will receive. Avoid online sites that sell you a hide from a generic picture that probably will look nothing like what you thought it would.

Caring for your Axis Deer Hide

Axis hide rugs, like other exotic hides are meant to be accent rugs and are not to be used like traditional rugs. The most important tip for extending the life of a hide is to minimize contact with it by placing it in a low-traffic, low-use area. Note that all hair on hide will shed with use; it is unavoidable.

Cleaning your axis hide
Never wash or oil your hide. These hides are professionally tanned and need no further treatment. To clean your hide, simply shake it or hold it up and tap the back side like you would a rug.

Storing your axis hide
Axis hides are affected by moisture. Therefore ensure you don’t get your hide wet or store it in a humid environment. If you accidentally spill water on your hide, just wipe it off and hang it up to dry off, but not in direct sunlight. Water will not ruin the hide but might make it a little stiffer.

Do not keep your axis deer hide near extreme heat to avoid drying. They should not be placed in front of a fire, near a radiator, or on floors with under-floor hearing.

Do not allow pets to lie on your hide… they do love to dig the hair out.

Axis hides need to breathe. So, if you are storing them away, do not wrap them in plastic. Keep in a moisture-free, well ventilated space, and take it out for airing every 6 months.

Is it ok to sit or walk on the hide?
Yes. Axis hides are commonly used for rugs, prayer and meditation and chair backs. Keep in mind that some shedding is un-avoidable with any hair on hide. When an axis hide sheds, it is not actually the hair coming out of the skin, but rather breaking off. We recommend that you place your hides in low-traffic areas to extend the life of the hair.


Sheepskins

Buying Sheepskin rugs

With so many different types of sheepskin rugs available, how do you choose a rug of the highest quality?
A good quality sheepskin is a substantial investment, so it is important to understand them before making a purchase. Learning about the origin of the material and the craftsmanship helps to identify the key features that you should look for. Sheepskins come in various sizes, colours, shapes and products, and a vast range of prices. Here are the factors to take into consideration.

Origin of the sheep/lamb: Sheepskins have unique qualities that depend on the global region where the material originates. For example, sheepskin from New Zealand, Australia, Iceland, and England tends to be heavier, which makes them a great choice for rugs, throws, boots, slippers, car seat covers, etc. Sheepskins from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Iceland all comes highly recommended. Spain and Uruguay’s climate produces soft sheepskin, which is ideal for coats and jackets.
Wool Density, Loft and Length: The density of wool refers to the amount of wool fibres per square inch. High-grade sheepskin have a high wool density, making it quite thick with a deep pile. This is largely due to the breed of sheep it comes from.
Loft is the wool’s ability to stay upright. The wool on high-quality rugs won’t flatten or mat easily, in comparison with lower quality rugs that tend to flatten, tangle, and/or mat quickly.
Length is an important parameter to achieve premium-grade standards,, which is a minimum of 65 mm. Lower grade sheepskin may have the necessary length, but if it isn’t dense enough, it looks shaggy.
High-quality rugs tend to have long wool that retains its density and loft, whereas low quality rugs have thinner, shaggier wool.
Feel of the wool: This is the most enjoyable attribute and high-quality rugs are soft, silky and supple. Lower quality rugs may feel rough, thin, and dry.
Colour of the wool: High-quality rugs have a natural, creamy, ivory tone, whereas the lower quality rugs may have discolorations and imperfections in the wool. In case of a dyed rug, ensure that the colour is even throughout the wool, without flaws.
Tanning process used: It is the tanning of the sheepskin that adds to the value. Tanning is a skilled, labour intensive process, to preserve the hide of the sheep. Professional tanning takes into consideration a number of factors to ensure durability of a hide. It is a skill passed down generations at farms that specialize in sheepskins. Note that unless the seller specifies that an eco-friendly tanning process is used, then it is highly probable that harsher chemicals are used. The use of harsh chemicals in the tanning process doesn’t necessarily lower the quality of the sheepskin, but if the hide is not properly cleaned and preserved, then an unpleasant smell can remain, thus lowering the quality.
Feel and smell of the leather (hide): The underside, leather of the rug should be smooth and supple. The leather is buffed and polished to give a smooth, suede finish. It should be firm and reasonably thick and free from defects, such as rips, tears. The leather should not be cracked or wrinkled from the tanning process. The rug should not smell of harsh chemicals that are sometimes used during the tanning process. While the majority of sheepskin rugs will have a slight scent, it should not be noticeable or overpowering.
Size: Premium sheepskin rugs are generally larger and more uniformly shaped than poorer quality sheepskin rugs. Typically, budget-grade sheepskins range from 80-90 cm in length, whereas premium sheepskin rugs must meet a minimum length of 97 cm.
Full Shape: Shape is equally important as length. High grade sheepskin rugs have a nice, full shape and rounded neck area. Lower-grade sheepskins can be longer and thinner, with pointy neck areas designed to achieve a specified length.
Meat by-product and Eco-friendly sheepskin: there is a difference between rugs advertised as meat by-product rugs and those marketed as Eco-friendly rugs:
Meat by-product rugs come from sheep that were raised for the meat and/or wool industry. Their pelts, considered a by-product of the meat industry, are turned into rugs, giving use to as much of the animal as possible.
However, a meat and /or wool by-product sheepskin does not necessarily mean that it can be classified as Eco-friendly.
Eco-friendly rugs tend to be priced higher, and must meet the following standards:
⦁ the manufacturer must meet EU directives concerning environmental preservation and protection,
⦁ the pelts should be bio-degradable, and
⦁ the tanning agents used should be environmentally friendly and should not contain harsh chemicals like arsenic, bleach, and formaldehyde.

Given the above factors, a good sheepskin rug that is graded for quality, professionally tanned and eco-friendly, made by a manufacturer specialising in sheepskins – will out-run any cheap rug by quality, look, feel, and years of service in great shape.

Caring for your sheepskin product
Looking after sheepskins is easy. If taken care in the right way, your sheepskins will give you many years of enjoyment.

Maintaining your sheepskin
Sheepskins are natural products and hence avoid strong sunlight and damp conditions. Strong sunlight can bleach and dry out the skin. Damp can attract mould and cause the fibres to curl.
We do not recommend sheepskins for outdoors as the damp may damage the leather backing.

Given their nature, the hairs may tend to flatten with use. Obviously if the sheepskin is used constantly and sat on or slept on they will start getting flat a lot sooner than if it is used as a decorative item. Simply brush lightly with a rug brush to maintain the pile. You can find a wide tooth metal brush in any pet shop.
As another option to revive flattened wool, you can use a warm steam iron over a towel laid on top of the rug. Hold the steam iron gently to the towel and use the steam button to inject steam. Do not press the iron down on the towel as this could leave gloss marks on the rug underneath.

Cleaning your sheepskin
Frequent and moderate cleaning is preferable to harsh treatment likely to be required if cleaning is done infrequently.
Good news is that wool naturally repels dirt. A frequent shake, as you would for any rug, works well.

It is recommended to dry vacuum sheepskins, possibly once every week. This will remove free litter, and it prevents soil from becoming embedded in the wool, causing accelerated wear by grinding with the fibres. Use a plain suction-type vacuum cleaner. Turbo or revolving brush head attachments may reduce surface hairs or create frizzing.

Accidents do happen. Attend to spills and stains promptly. Staining occurs from the chemical bonding of pigments with the wool fibre – once this happens, removal can be difficult without causing some damage to the wool. This is why promptly attending to spills and stains is so important.

Blot up liquids straight away using a paper towel or clean cloth. In the event of any large area spills, it is recommended to put a clean towel on it to absorb a much liquid as possible.
For small spillages, immediately spot clean with a damp cloth and light wool detergent.
Scoop up solids immediately using a knife or spoon. Try not to push the substance further into the wool. Sometimes, if it is superficial dirt, you can let it dry out and then simply brush the dirt out.
In case of a stain, a Wet Stain remover or vac-clean product can be used in most cases.
Dry Stain Remover is can be used on most food, drink, oil and grease-based, that has not caused a chemical reaction with the wool fibres. E.g., butter, chocolate, candle wax, cooking oils, lipsticks, mud, nail polish, grease, oil-based paints, shoe polish, tar. A dry stain remover is designed to be lightly applied as a spray and the resulting powder vacuumed up.
As with all cleaning products, test it in a small, unseen area first. Avoid harsh chemicals and any biological cleaner that has enzymes.

Never rub wet wool as this will damage the wool and can spread the stain further. Dip the wool in water or any other liquid, but do not rub it.

There shouldn’t be any need to wash your sheepskin as the wool fibres naturally have a barrier to dust. Regular shakes and dry vacuum should suffice. We do not recommend fully washing your sheepskin. However, if you feel the need for an intense cleaning, you can wash the rugs in a washing machine on a wool wash cycle on a very low temperature (less than 30degrees), using a non biological detergent. (Again, avoid harsh chemicals and any biological cleaner that has enzymes.) You may add a spoon of glycerine to the wash to help maintain the suppleness of the suede back. If you want to hand-wash, use lukewarm water only.
Do not tumble dry or leave near the radiator. Allow the sheepskin to dry naturally, but away from the sun and any direct heat – possibly on a cloudy day or a shaded room. This can take a few days and we’ve found a dehumidifier in the room helps quicken the process.
It is advisable to brush the wool whilst wet with a wide toothed wire brush. This will allow air to circulate through the wool fibres and stretch them out to prevent curling. Once your rug is completely dried out, give it a good shake and another good brush through, and it is ready for use again.

Note: We do not recommend washing sheepskin rugs. As with all wool products, shrinkage can occur, the wool fibres may change appearance, and the suede back an also go hard.

Storing your sheepskin
Do not keep your sheepskin near a heater to avoid drying.
Sheepskins need to breathe. So, if you are storing them away, do not wrap them in plastic. Keep in a moisture-free, well ventilated space, and take it out for airing every 6 months.


Leather Products

We use genuine leather for our bags, accessories and some upholstery.
Note that over time, leather upholstery on furniture items will naturally soften and age, which adds to the charm of the product. Some of our items feature an antique leather finish. Rest assured that the leather itself is new and of high quality.
This is perfectly natural and is a process we believe adds to the charm of this material.
To clean leather products use a tiny amount of leather condition with a lint free cloth. Apply a water proof spray for areas that are prone to spillages. In case of a spill, wipe away the water and allow it to dry naturally. Water does not ruin the leather but can make it stiff.

Avoid harsh chemicals and exposure to direct sunlight or heat sources.


Wood Products

We use sheesham, mango and rosewood, which are known for their high quality. Every piece of timber we use is specially selected for its grain and colour variations.
Some products leverage the naturally occurring cracks and distinctive features as part of the design. Some of our furniture lines include painted wood or industrial designs that have a cracked or antique effect finish. Also, wood does expand and contract with changing temperatures, leading to the paint cracking. Please rest assured that the wood itself is in good condition.

The best way to clean the product is to use a warm damp, lint-free cloth. To polish, use a tiny bit of furniture wood oil.
Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and cleaning products which can damage the finish. Note that excessive cleaning can cause as much damage as no cleaning at all. Incorrect cleaning may damage or devalue the items. Care must also be taken where one cleaning method (say for wood) might damage another material (bone inlay or metal) which is part of the same furniture.

Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods. Try to maintain an even moderate temperature to prevent the wood from expanding and contracting too much.


Metalwork Products

We are great fans of metal work and only use high quality materials that include brass, bronze, copper, white metal, steel, etc. Metals may tarnish over time which is perfectly natural and adds to the beauty of items.
In some of our metalwork products, we create a tarnished finish or patina, which is part of the look of the product.

To clean simply use high grade metal polish with a linen cloth.
Avoid exposure to harsh chemicals and cleaning products which can damage the finish. Note that excessive cleaning can cause as much damage as no cleaning at all. Incorrect cleaning may damage or devalue the items. Care must also be taken where one cleaning method (say for metal) might damage another material (bone inlay or painted wood) which is part of the same furniture.


Upholstery

We use various types of luxurious fabrics from sumptuous silks, luxe linen, comfy chamois, warm wools, plush velvet, natural hides, and more… for our upholstery and soft furnishings. All our fabrics are carefully selected for their texture, colours and weaves. With a little bit of care, they can last for a long time, looking their best.

Cleaning
For day to day cleaning, vacuum or dusting is fine. Avoid using brushes with hard bristles as this can snag the fabric.
For velvet and sheepskin, simply use a soft brush from time to time to maintain the pile.
Our deer hide products are professionally tanned and do not require any treatment. A simple shake is fine, as you would with a rug. The hides are sensitive to water, which does not ruin the hide, but does make it stiff, so best to avoid water. For an intense clean, you can use a vacuum at the lowest setting. Note that some shedding for hair on hide products is unavoidable as the hair breaks off.

To remove stains, always test any cleaning method on a small unseen area first before proceeding. For delicate fabrics like silk, wool, velvet, etc., dry cleaning is the best option.

Avoid harsh chemicals as these can cause staining or damage the material. Similarly, moisture can loosen the fibres and case them to deteriorate. Avoid too much exposure to direct sunlight as this will fade the colours.

Storing
All natural fabrics need to breathe, so do not wrap them in plastic, but keep in a moisture-free, well ventilated space. Take them out every 6 months for airing.


Silk and Woollen Scarves

Buying a Scarf
Scarves are permanently up to date accessories that can be the ideal complement to almost any outfit, making for a style investment. Handcrafted scarves are true pieces of wearable art and rare given the creative process – it makes your gift much more special and precious – not something one can buy at department stores.

Who? Any occasion can be brightened up by a beautiful scarf as a gift for a special person of any age in your life. Silk scarves always make a sophisticated gift for people of all ages and ideal for any occasion..

Scarves are not the forte of women alone. Unisex and men scarves make a great gift for male relatives and friends. Even little girls and boys love wearing colourful scarves.

Where? Scarves, in a variety of lengths, can be fun and flirty or simple and elegant. They can be worn anywhere and almost for any occasion. Choose a look that is uniquely suited to your own sense of style.

Material? Consider the purpose and occasion for the scarf, which will define the materials you will use. For instance, a woollen scarf is so much more than a cold weather accessory – warm and comfortable, soft and pliable woollen fabric cascading in luxurious style from your shoulders can make a glamorous statement.

Choose embroidered silks and rich woollens for cocktails, evenings out, races, occasion wear and well to score high on the glamour stakes. Cottons and simple weaves in silk or woollens work best for casual, day dressing, work wear, and relaxed weekends.

Caring for your Scarf
When used, scarves are subjected to tying, knotting, and folding and over time the fibres may loosen, lose its sheen and the fabric will pick up pollutants and perspiration. However, there is help. With some precautions and care, you can ensure that you will protect your fashion investment, and possibly hand it over to the next generation. Here are some tips to help you build and maintain an amazing collection of scarves.

Storing your Scarf
Silks and wool are sensitive to light and moisture. Therefore, should be stored out of direct sunlight, ideally in a dark cupboard, which is moisture-free and well ventilated.

The scarf can be stored hanging or rolled to prevent creasing. Do not fold or simply stuffing it into a drawer as this may loosen and break the fibres. Wrap your scarf in bleach-free tissue paper or muslin that you will receive with your scarf from Surrealz.

As natural fibres, silks and wool need to breathe. If storing your scarf for long periods of time, take it out every six months to allow air to circulate around the silk.

Too much exposure to direct sunlight will fade the colours.

Harsh chemicals, such as hairspray and perfume sprayed on your scarf, may cause spotting or the silk fibres to deteriorate.

Keep your scarf dry as dampness can cause the fibres to stretch and deteriorate. If your scarf is wet for any reason, never twist or wring your scarf – allow it to dry by laying flat on a clean towel and roll up to absorb the moisture. Let it air dry in a dark room away from direct sunlight.

Cleaning your Scarf
If you wear your scarf on a regular basis, washing is necessary. Silks are wool are delicate fabrics and its dyes may be prone to bleeding. For best results, have your scarf washed by a specialist dry cleaner.

Ironing your Scarf
Minor silk wrinkles should disappear if the garment is hung overnight.

For a hand-rolled bordered scarf, specify to your dry cleaner that the borders should not be ironed flat.

Set the iron on medium to low heat and turn off the steam function (which may stain the scarf). Iron on the reverse side and place a clean towel or white cloth (ensure it is not patterned and has a fine weave to avoid leaving imprints on your scarf) between the scarf and iron to protect it whilst ironing.

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