Did my rounds on a few different suppliers of similar felt mats and eventually decided on Oakywood because they ship from Australia. Really impressed by the quality. The cork backing means the mat doesn't slip around on the desk and actually increases the comfort. It's difficult to describe, but it actually feels better typing on top of this mat as the combined felt + cork insulates the sound and impact of my heavy keystrokes. Love it.
First off, the cork and felt mat is extremely soft to touch with the material providing a nice texture. the cork bottom not only assists in keeping the mat in place, but also assists in noise dampening for those with mechanical keyboards that click fairly loudly. I suggest this mat be used mostly for general office purposes rather than gaming as the added wooly texture doesn't make a surface as sleek as a fabric mat. The wooly felt also has a tendency to shed a small amount while being used, leaving a small amount of fibres around the edges of your mat; if you have a white desktop, make sure you wipe up these fibres as it is fairly noticeable. You can also reduce this side-effect by vacuuming the mat after unpacking it to suck up any fibres made loose during shipping.
Overall, this is a brilliant desk mat and a good competitor/alternative to Grovemade's felt desk mat, which appears to lack a cork underside.
Lucky me received Oakywood's desk accessories for Mothers Day. I got the large desk mat with matching coasters and an oak tray to put my pens, glasses and phone on. The quality it fantastic and the desk mat is very comfortable. I will be checking out the website to see what I can purchase next.
Love it. Now my home desk looks professional. All Oakwood products wonderful and high standard.