Artisan Luxury

Our softest 100% Natural mattress with incredibly deep sinking layers. All on a tailored tension calico pocket sprung support unit. Detailed with two rows of genuine hand side stitching.

1476Calico Pocket Springs
100%Natural Fibre
10 YearGuarantee

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The firmness of the mattress you desire is determined by a few factors. Your weight and height, and the mattress of your choice. The upholstery layers are the very top comfort layers and give different degrees of firmness alongside the spring unit which should be chosen based on your weight.

Spring tension chart

Under 8st 8–11st 11–13st 13–15st 15–17st 17–19st
5'–5'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'3"–5'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'6"–5'9" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'9"–6' Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'–6'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'3"–6'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm


This is one of the best completely 100% natural component arrangements you can possibly get. Substantially well upholstered (4600 GSM) utilising Horsehair and Wool in a sandwich layout topped off with a blended wool and cotton primary layer.

The nearest comparable model we can find to this is the Vi-Spring Devonshire in terms of comfort. The luxury however includes horse hair and horse tail, which the Devonshire does not, making it a considerably higher specification mattress. The horse hair and horse tail layers provide support for the softer wool layers to prevent excess settlement.

This model has a 10 year guarantee.




1476 (Kingsize) six turn, premium nested and hand formed pocket springs . These are individually sewn, calico encased, strung together and can be easily compared to Vi-Spring, Savoir Beds and less than a handful of other top end manufacturers who use calico encased pocket springs in their top end mattresses.

Do not confuse these springs with mass produced polypropylene encased pocket springs. These are completely and utterly worlds apart and a different breed altogether. Try a bounce around on any Vi Spring / Savoir mattress to see how forgiving they actually are.

Artisan Luxury: [Kingsize] 1476 (1 tier) Calico encased Pocket Springs [ 51mm ] [1.42mm ] Sewn in individual calico pockets and hand-formed into a honeycomb-nested unit.

Vi-Spring Devonshire: [Kingsize] 1326 (1 tier) Calico encased Pocket Springs [54mm ] [1.52mm ] Sewn in individual calico pockets and hand-formed into a honeycomb-nested unit.

We are also able to offer Soft, Medium or Firm spring tensions dependant on your weight requirements.

We also zone the perimeter sides (2 rows) of the mattress with a slightly firmer spring to aid the edge support. This stabilises the mattress when sitting on the edge.

Upholstery Layers & Comparison

You can see that we have used an additional 2000 GSM of upholstery within our mattress. This mix of Horsehair and wool will give an extra edge of comforting support within the upholstery.

There isn’t much difference in feel between Horsetail and Horsehair. Horsetail has a bigger and extended crimp which makes it an ideal support layer with a phenomenal recovery property. Horsetail is also used above Horsehair on all premium built mattresses (see The Vi Spring Signatory for evidence of this) Wool has no support qualities at all and is used entirely for the comfort.

This additional layer of wool acts as a cushion between the two horsehair layers so the compression on the preceding layer of horsetail is separate to the compression on the forthcoming layer of horsehair.

Horsehair: This Horsehair layer has shorter and finer fibres acting as millions of tiny springs. The loft of this layer is important as a sub primary comfort layer. It will take a considerable number of years for this product to lose its recovery properties.

Blended Wool and Cotton: A 50% Cotton and 50% Wool mix of a substantial overall weight providing the final layer of comfort. As with the Artisan Bespoke this is a similar product as used by Vi Spring as the final comfort layer on many of their mattresses.

Two rows of Genuine hand side stitching. 8 padded turning handles on the KS. The mattress has been traditionally hand tufted with woollen tufts.  This mattress is covered in our white woven 100% Viscose with subtle John Ryan design.

 John Ryan By Design Artisan LuxuryVi-Spring Devonshire
Total GSM4600gsm2600gsm
11200 GSM British Fleece Wool and Cotton 600gsm British Fleece Wool
2Hairproof Cambric Cover1700gsm Devonshire Fleece Wool
31200gsm Pure Horsehair NA
4500gsm Pure WoolNA
51200gsm Pure HorsetailNA
6500gsm Pure Wool300gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
71476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [51mm] [1.42mm] 1326 Calico encased Pocket Springs [54mm] [1.52mm]

How it will feel

This is the softest feel of our Artisan mattress range.

We can also accommodate people of differing bodyweights. In this instance we can have your mattress made with Dual Tension springs e.g: Half the mattress with soft tension springs and half the mattress with medium tension springs. Likewise, Half Medium and Half Firm.

We are also able to offer Soft, Medium or Firm springs dependent on your weight requirements.

BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 8 Stone / 50kgSoft
8-16 Stone / 50-101kgMedium
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm


Our John Ryan Pocket Sprung Edge Artisan bases are 13″ in depth plus 2″ for Shepherd Castors making them 15″ in total. This is a ‘true edge’ base.

If drawers are added then the base height will be 13″ plus 2″ for Shepherd castors making 15″ in total.

Spring edging can be looked upon as a mini mattress between the main mattress and the base. It offers a progressive support that dampens the strain of weight from the user. This significantly improves the overall comfort level of a mattress. This difference in comfort is often described as ‘Softer’ which is quite an incorrect term to use.

The drawers on the Artisan bases are 32″ wide, 20″ deep and 9″ high.

You can have 2 or 4 drawer options. If using bedside tables you may want to have 2 full size and 2 continental drawers so the drawers next to the bedside tables can be opened fully.

Continental drawers will have the same depth and height as the normal, but width will be 17.5 inches. To find out more such as the sizes and splits that Divans come in please read more here.

A base with 0 drawers

No drawers

A base with 2 drawers

2 full drawers

A small base with 4 drawers

2 half & 2 full drawers

A large base with 4 drawers

4 full drawers


This is a perfect combination of support and comfort as well as being a phenomenal [and unbeatable] mattress for the price.

Comfort level is superb, being able to adjust accordingly with weight applied. This means that for people with back problems there is nothing in the mattress that can exacerbate pressure points. This is certainly not a springy mattress.

This is the softest mattress in our Artisan range given the high GSM of the upholstery layers of wool and horsehair.


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