Bedding Terms Explained

12 Mar 2013 11:38:11

We have listed some information on the qualities of fabric and techniques we use in our bed linen collections. We hope this will help to make your selection process a little easier, but if you still have a query about any of our products please contact our customer services department who will be happy to help.




Thread Count

This is a measure of the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric. Both the warp (lengthwise) and weft (width) are counted and this helps to explain how closely woven the fabric is. It is not a guarantee of quality, this is dependent on the standard of the yarns used in the fabric.

68 Pick

Whilst this is not as luxurious as percale it is still a fine quality for bedding with 68 threads per square inch as opposed to 180 threads in a percale.

Percale

Percale is more tightly woven than standard fabrics normally used for bedding and has a minimum of 180 threads per square inch. The fibres have been combed prior to weaving which removes any shorter staples to produce a fine, smooth fabric that is comfortable to sleep on and will launder well.

Pima Cotton

A superior quality cotton that was originally cultivated in Peru. It is combed to remove the rougher, shorter staples to produce a fine, luxuriously smooth fabric that has a beautifully soft drape and handle.

Egyptian Cotton

Egyptian cotton is regarded as one of the finest cottons available. It is made from extra long staples/ fibres which in turn produce a luxuriously soft, smooth bed linen that should last for years.

Panama Cotton

A heavier weight, hard wearing textured cotton used for curtains.

Jacquard

Jacquard weaves are produced on specific looms that create intricate raised effect patterns within the fabric.

Sateen

Sateen is a type of weave structure normally characterised by having four threads above and one under. More threads on the surface of the fabric result in a luxuriously soft cloth with a subtle sheen. Sateen is not as hard wearing as other weaves and therefore requires careful laundering.

Matelasse

Matelasse is meant to mimic a style of French hand stitched quilts. It is actually a weaving technique that creates a pattern in heavy weight cotton that appears to be quilted but does not actually contain any padding.

Appliqué

A decorative technique using pieces of fabric cut out and attached in decorative patterns onto a base fabric.

Digital Printing

Digital printing is a method of printing from a digital based image. It creates multicoloured images yet the fabric remains softer to handle than surface printed fabrics.




Towels - Explaining the details

GSM

GSM (grammes per square meter) is the standard unit of measurement for the weight of towels.

Medium weight towels are on average around 500gsm with heavier towels around 700gsm. Weight is not the only measure of quality, it is also important to consider the type of yarn used in the towel.

Zero Twist Towels

A weaving technique that creates a towel with yarns that are not twisted to create a wonderfully lightweight, soft towel that is fast drying.




Duvets - Explaining the Details

Down

Down clusters come from the breast of the bird and have excellent natural insulation properties. Their unique ability to trap warm air makes them excellent at regulating body temperature and keeping you comfortable at night. As down clusters are very lightweight they create light, comfortable duvets that drape over the body.

Feather

Down clusters come from the breast of the bird and have excellent natural insulation properties. Their unique ability to trap warm air makes them excellent at regulating body temperature and keeping you comfortable at night. As down clusters are very lightweight they create light, comfortable duvets that drape over the body.

Microfibre

Synthetic duvets are best for anyone suffering from allergies. They do not contain any feather or down and are manufactured from materials that are not known to cause an allergic reaction. They can be heavier than feather and down and will not last as long as the natural alternatives.

Tog Rating

Tog rating is not an indication of quality but a guide to the insulation properties of the duvet. The higher the tog rating, the better the duvets ability to trap warm air and keep you warm throughout the night. Down and feather fillings are naturally better at this than synthetic options. Before deciding on a tog rating you must also consider some other factors including the time of year, if you share a bed and the ambient temperature of your bedroom. You may need to use a duvet with lower tog rating in the summer months.

Tog Rating                           Use
4.5tog                      Ideal for Summer use.
10.5tog Autumn/Winter use.  Suited to centrally heated homes and those who share a bed.  
13.5tog Winter use.  Suited to those who prefer a snug duvet.

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