Why 7 home goods are so expensive
- These factories have been dedicated to their crafts, from lotus
silkto luxury wallpaper, for years.
- The items are often made and harvested by hand.
- The prices reflect the quality of materials, labor, and time that go into making each item.
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1. Lotus silk
Lotus silk is one of the rarest fabrics in the world.
It's produced only on a small scale across Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.
Every delicate strand is extracted by hand from the stem of a lotus flower.
Each stem has a minuscule amount of thin, sticky fibers.
These are rolled together and dried.
Extracting enough silk for a scarf can take up to two months.
The final product can cost 10 times as much as regular silk.
2. Icelandic sea
Icelandic sea salt is harvested by hand in a remote region in the northwest of Iceland.
The process of making sea salt is simple, but it takes a lot of work.
Salt is made by heating seawater.
This evaporates the water and increases the salt level.
Once it hits 26% salinity, salt crystals start to form on the surface.
Having to make it in a remote location also affects the price.
3. Persian rugs
Persian rugs are handwoven with the finest materials, including wool and silk.
A single rug can take years and sometimes decades to create.
Traditionally, Persian rugs are made from sheep's wool...
Which is boiled, spun, and dyed by hand.
The price depends on the materials,
The bigger the carpet, the more time, and weavers, it will take to complete.
Mylands paint makes over 15,000 liters of paint every month
It's supplied paint for "Harry Potter," "James Bond," and "Star Wars" films.
The paint starts out as a 300-liter vat of water.
Then 22 ingredients are added.
Crushed marble is also put into the paint for depth.
It's all mixed together until the paint is silky smooth.
A 5-liter tub will cost you over $100.
Johnstons of Elgin has been making cashmere products since 1851.
The cashmere is collected by combing the underside of a goat.
This is collected in very small quantities.
The fibers are dyed to the desired color.
Cashmere can be blended with other fibers like merino wool or silk.
6. Luxury wallpaper
Farrow & Ball in England manufactures paints and wallpapers.
Its wallpapers are 100% recyclable and made with three methods.
Flatbed printing is used to make larger wallpaper designs.
Roller-block printing is used for intricate designs and small details.
Trough printing is used to create striped and dragged wallpaper.
All the company's designs are made using its own highly pigmented paint.
7. Pink salt
Pink salt can be found in very few places...
Like the Murray River in Australia and Maras in Peru.
Rock salt is typically found buried hundreds of feet below the ground.
The mineral, halite, gets harvested by drilling the rock face…
Crushing the salt and splintering it into pieces.
The majority of pink salt mines in the world are in Pakistan…
At the base of the Himalayas.
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