What Peat Is
An ancient organic material, peat is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter that is unique to natural areas called peatlands or mires. It started forming 12,000 years ago, at the end of the most recent glacial period and it still continues forming today. By the end of the last glacial period, the melting of ice uncovered vast pieces of land, which, abundant in water, started producing vegetation (biomass) at a high rate. In natural peatlands, the annual rate of biomass production is greater than the rate of decomposition but it takes thousands of years for peatlands to develop the deposits of 1.5 to 2.3 m, which is the average depth of the boreal peatlands.
Please see below a picture showing a peat extraction area:
Hermetically sealed below the ground, peat is a sterile material containing no micro-organisms. It does not rot in contact with water. Our peat raw bricks are carefully extracted from the ground and dried with care to fully reveal its unique texture and appearance.
The picture below shows a raw dried brick:
After the extraction from the ground and drying, we shape our Peat Bricks™ by cutting them to various sizes. Please see below a picture of a brick after we cut straight faces:
We found multiple uses of peat in contemporary design. Please see the following sections for particular applications of our peat products in interior design, decoration and furniture industries.