Venus Rising Limited
Sheets Sets, Blankets, Bedding & Home Textiles Definitions
Venus Rising Limited
Sheets Sets, Blankets, Bedding & Home Textiles Definitions
What is Absorbency : Ability of a fabric to take in moisture. Absorbency is important in that it affects many other characteristics including skin comfort, static build-up, shrinkage, stain removal, water repellency and wrinkle recovery. Absorbency is important in luxury cotton bedding such as Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheet Sets and Sheets, Duvet Sets and Duvets. Cottons, including Egyptian Cotton and Pima Cotton, tend to have high absorbency rates and wick moisture away from the body to the fine linens. Absorbency is also an important factor in fine wools, with wool naturally wicking moisture from the body to keep temperature cool and balanced. Wools such as Superfine Australian Merino Wool, Pure Cashmere, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blends or Silk and Merino Wool Blends are examples. The best blankets include Superfine Australian Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets and Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets. Excellent wool quality is also key for wool products such as Luxury Throw Blankets such as Superfine Australian Merino Wool Luxury Throws, Pure Cashmere Luxury Throw, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throw and Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws.
What is Acetate : A manufactured fiber formed by compound of cellulose, refined from cotton linters or wood pulp and acidic acid, which has been extruded through a spinneret, before hardening. Acetate is not used or blended in the finest bedsheets , such as those made of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton, due to reduced breathability . Acetate does, however, add beautiful sheen or gloss and can be found in Luxury Bedding such as Comforters and Comforter Sets, or Specialty Bed Spread Sets or on Trim, Borders or Edging of Luxury Bed Blankets or Luxury Throws. Also an excellent accent in Home Accessories such Throw Pillows.
What is Acrylic : A manufactured fiber that is derived from polyacrylonitrile . Key properties of Acrylic include a soft, wool-like hand, ease of machine wash and dry and outstanding color retention. Acrylic can add excellent warmth and is often used alone or in blends in Luxury Bedding such as Bed Blankets, Throws or Throw Blankets. Often used domestically in Blankets and Throws, however extremely popular in European Specialty Bedding such as Italian Acrylic Bed Blankets and Italian Acrylic Throws and Throw Blankets.
What is Alpaca : A natural hair fiber obtained from the Alpaca sheep, which is a domesticated member of the Llama family. Uses for Fine Linens and Luxury Bedding include Alpaca Bed Blankets and Alpaca Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets. Alpaca may be used alone, or is often blended with other natural fibers to make Bed Blankets and Luxury Throws of blended of Alpaca and Superfine Wool, Mongolian Cashmere or Silk. Examples include Luxury Bedding blended specialty items such as Italian Alpaca and Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Italian Alpaca and Cashmere Bed Blankets or Alpaca and Silk Bed Blankets. For the Living Room, Library, Office, Den or Study, examples include Italian Alpaca and Superfine Merino Wool Throws or Throw Blankets, Italian Alpaca and Cashmere Throws or Throw Blankets or Alpaca and Silk Throws or Throw Blankets. Due to the fineness of the Noble fiber Mongolian Cashmere, Cashmere bedding is considered finer when comprised entirely of Pure Cashmere or blended with Merino Wool rather than with Alpaca. Alpaca fibers, when used in conjunction or blended with Cashmere, are a less fine fiber and used as a cheaper alternative to Merino Wools, producing far less superior Blankets or Throws.
What is Angora or Wool Angora: Hair of the Angora goat, otherwise known as Angora mohair. Angora is also a term that refers to rabbit fur however the U.S. Federal Trade Commission dictates that such items must be labeled "Angora rabbit hair.” For Luxury Bedding, Luxury Linens and Home Accessories, Angora refers to Wool goat fibers and is used in specialty bedding or living room accessories such as Wool Bed Blankets, Luxury Wool Throws or Wool Throw Blankets. When used in Bed Blankets and Throw Blankets, Angora adds a fluffy appearance which is unusual and more three-dimensional in look. Angora does not however produce as heavy of a fabric or warmth and if more often used in Wool and Angora blended Throws for the Den, Living Room, Study or Office rather than in Bed Blankets. Superfine Merino Wool, Mongolian Cashmere or Silk Blends are considered superior for Bed Blanket production and provide higher levels of warmth and durability.
What is Barre : An imperfection, characterized by a ridge or mark running in the crosswise or lengthwise directions of the fabric. These can be attributed to improper tension variations during the knitting process, inferior or low-grade yarns or other problems occurring during the fabric finishing process. This occurs in what is known as “seconds” in bedding items inclusive of Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton Sheets, Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton Sheet Sets, Egyptian Cotton Duvets, Egyptian Cotton Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Egyptian Cotton Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Egyptian Cotton Shams, Egyptian Cotton Pillowcases, Quilts, Bedspreads, Bed Spread Sets, Bedskirts , Cashmere Wool or Silk Bed Blankets and Cashmere Wool or Silk Throws and Throw Blankets. Essentially, barre is best described as a flaw and should not be distributed as first quality bedding however is occasionally found merchandised as “second,” or “second-quality” sheets and duvets.
What is Bast Fiber : Strong, soft, woody fibers inclusive of flax fiber, jute, hemp, or ramie. These fibers are obtained from the inner bark in the stems of corresponding plants and are a plant material. Bast fibers are occasionally used in specialty or unique Sheets or Sheets Sets, Duvets, Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers or Duvet Sets. Long-Yarn Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton Sheets and Duvets, however, are considered foremost fibers for Luxury Bedding and provide a far softer, more durable surface with supreme breathability , drape and high sheen.
What is Batiste Fabric : Medium-weight, plain-weave fabric that is typically made from Pure Cotton or a Cotton blend. Batiste fabrics are only occasionally found in Bedding and Home Furnishings. Egyptian Cotton , Pima or Pure Cotton are considered superior fabrics for fine linens.
What is Blend or Fabric Blend : Refers to when a yarn or a fabric is made up of more than one fiber, rather than 100% content of a single type of fiber. In blended yarns, two or more different types of fibers are twisted or spun together in order to form the yarn. Examples of blended bedding items include cotton/polyester sheets and sheet sets or silk/cotton blended sheet sets. Generally, the best sheets are comprised of pure fibers of one type rather than a blend. For example, the most superior sheet bedding is made of 100% Pure Egyptian Cotton or Pure Pima Luxury Cotton, due to breathability . Blends are common and well-used in bedding items such as bed blankets and throw blankets, with the blended fibers improving drape and hand for superior softness and warmth. Excellent blanket and throw blends include Italian Superfine Merino Wool and Italian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool and Silk. The addition of Cashmere to Australian Merino Wool provides an even more supreme warmth level, surface softness and drape. The addition of Silk to Australian Merino Wool provides increased smoothness, warmth, drape and softness. Camel hair, angora and mohair may also be used as blends in bed blankets and living room throws in addition to specialty throw pillows. Some of the world's finest blended blankets include bed blankets, luxury throws and throw blankets Made in Italy .
What is Boucle Wool : A woven or knit fabric comprised of curly, knotted boucle Wool yarn, causing the surface to appear highly textured. Though the appearance is rougher than in traditional bed blankets or throws, use of fine Wools or Superfine Wools produces an extremely soft product with high-end bedding blankets or throws, decadent to the touch. Depending upon the grade or type of Wool fiber used, the level of softness can be highly variable. Boucle Wool Bed Blankets and Boucle Wool Throws Made in Italy tend to be among the absolute softest, offering the most supreme drape. Boucle Wool fabrics are most often found in Wool bed blankets and Luxury Wool Throws, being extremely rare domestically. Concentration for manufacture includes countries such as Italy, Switzerland and Germany. When made using fine, high-grade and pure wools, Italian boucle blankets and throws are extremely soft and durable with a rare and elegant appearance.
What is Broadcloth Fabric : A tightly-woven fabric of plain-weave that is characterized by a slight ridge effect in one direction, usually the filling. The most common broadcloth is made from pure cotton or Cotton and Polyester blends. Broadcloth is not found in high-end Luxury Linens such as Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Shams, Duvet Sets or Comforter Covers due to its less smooth nature than Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton.
What is Brocade Fabric : A heavy, exquisite jacquard fabric which boasts an all-over raised pattern or floral design. Due to its heavier weight, brocade is not used for Luxury Bedding or Fine Linens items inclusive of Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet sets, Matelasse Coverlets, Matelasse Coverlet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases or Shams. Instead, brocade is found in Home Furnishings such as Furniture Upholstery, Drapes, Comforter Sets and Comforters, Bed Spreads, Bedspread Sets and Accessory Throw Pillows.
What is Burlap Fabric : Heavyweight, very loosely-constructed fabric that is a plain weave in nature. Extremely inexpensive to manufacture and is rarely used within the arena of Home Furnishings, Decorating or Redecorating. In the Home Furnishings arena, use of burlap is generally limited to carpet backing. Burlap is absolutely never used for bedding with the sole exception, according to current fashion trends, of its occasional use in custom Bedskirts , Drapes, Draperies or Valances.
What is Calendaring or Calendar Process : A process of finishing fabrics such as Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or luxury Cottons during which special effects, such as high luster, glazing, embossing, or moiré are produced. The calendaring process is essential in the manufacture of high-end Luxury Linens and Bedding of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Covers, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Egyptian Cotton Matelasse Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Shams and Bed Skirts. Fabric used for the exterior of Fine Linens includes Comforters, Comforter Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Spread sets that experience enhanced luster and sheen through this process. Calendaring of fabrics for Sheets, Sheet Sets and Duvet Sets is not limited to single-fiber bedding made only of Pure Egyptian or Pima Cotton. The process also has great benefit for fiber blended Luxury Bedding inclusive of Egyptian Cotton and Silk Blends or other Cotton blends. Wools also benefit greatly from the calendaring process, producing a glossy surface. Examples of Luxury Bed Blankets include Pure Australian Merino Wools, Pure Mongolian Cashmere and Pure Silk Bed Blankets or blends such as Merino Wool and Cashmere Bed Blankets or Merino Wool and Silk Bed Blankets. Throws for the Living Room include Merino Wool and Cashmere Throws or Throw Blankets or Merino Wool and Silk Throws and Throw Blankets. Beautiful effects are created when used for Luxury Bed Linens, as calendaring produces a beautiful sheen or gloss that greatly enhances sateen or jacquard patterns.
What is Calico Fabric : A tightly-woven fabric made of cotton with an all-over print that is typically a small floral on a contrasting colored background. For home Bedding , one of the most common uses includes Quilts and Quilt Sets however other uses include Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bed Spreads, Comforters, Comforter Sets and Bedspread Sets.
Camel Hair, Camel's Hair
What is Camel Hair, Camelhair or Camel's Hair : A natural fiber obtained from the hair of the Bactrian camel, a 2-humped species. This fiber is extremely rare within the U.S. and is found in products produced mainly in Europe . Camel Hair is extremely warm and can be woven into supremely soft luxury Bedding such as Camel Hair Bed Blankets and Camel Hair Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets for the Living Room, Den, Study, Office or Library. Italian Camel Hair Blankets and Throws, or those Made in Italy , are amongst the absolute finest manufactured.
What is Carding or Card : A crucial process during which fibers that are too short for inclusion in the spun yarn are eliminated, for non-use. Carding is absolutely essential in removal of dirt and foreign matter that can be residing in the fiber mass or batches and used to arrange the fibers into a very thin layer. Use of carding is essential for quality manufacture of sheets, sheet sets, duvets, duvet sets, comforter covers, pillowcases, shams, bedskirts , comforter sets, comforters, bedspreads, bed spread sets, matelasse coverlets, matelasse coverlet sets, bathrobes, robes, towels, bed blankets, bed throws, luxury throws and throw blankets. Lack of good carding results in the unwanted inclusion of short or inferior fibers in Pure Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton bedding and sheets or trapped in the fabric of wools used for bed blankets and throws.
What is Cashmere or Mongolian Cashmere Wool : The premiere and world's most expensive Noble Luxury Fiber, with fibers obtained from the soft fleecy undergrowth of the Kashmir goats that roam the mountains of Tibet , Mongolia , China , Iran , Iraq , and India . The best Cashmere is derived from Mongolian goats, where the goats roam at 15,000 feet and above. There are different grades varieties, and ply of Cashmere . Though the finest Pure Cashmere is derived from Inner Mongolia , Bed Blankets and Throws made from this Cashmere are not necessarily the best Fine Linens. Weaving method, ply, gram weight and the mill of production are additional crucial factors and can cause extreme variations in the level of quality. Amongst the finest Mongolian Cashmere Bed Blankets and Bedding are generally those Made in Italy , though it is important to note that locale alone is not a sole indication of quality. Examples of Cashmere Luxury Bedding include Pure Mongolian Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy , blended Cashmere Blankets such as Cashmere and Merino Wool Made in Italy , Pure Mongolian Cashmere Throws and Throw Blankets Made in Italy and blended Cashmere Throws such as Cashmere and Merino Wool Throw Blankets Made in Italy . Generally speaking, Italian Cashmere Blankets and Throws tend to be the most superior of any other locale.
What is Chiffon Fabric : A plain-woven and lightweight fabric that is extremely sheer, airy, and soft. Chiffon may be comprised of different materials inclusive of Silk, Polyester, Rayon or other manufactured fibers and contains highly twisted filament yarns. Chiffon curtains are one of the typical uses for Home Furnishings or Interior Design Elements.
What is Chintz Fabric : A plain-weave fabric that has been glazed, so as to produce a polished appearance. Typically made of Cotton, chintz is often used for Home Furnishings such as Furniture Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Lounge Recliners or Lounge Chairs.
What is Colorfastness or Colorfast : Describes the ability of a dyed fabric to resist fading from washing or laundering, sunlight exposure or other environmental conditions. The best bedding is yarn-dyed prior to weaving, with the finest Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bed Blankets, Throws and Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Quilts, Coverlets and Coverlet sets, Bathrobes or Mens and Womens lounge Robes are produced from such fibers. Vat-dyed items are dyed after the weaving or looming process, tend to be far stiffer with reduced drape, sheen and luster and generally do not launder as well. Yarn-dyed fibers, versus vat-dyed, are typically far superior in colorfastness. Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton and Cotton staple fibers are generally most colorfast due to natural absorption, particularly when yarn-dyed prior to construction. Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Egyptian Cotton Duvets and Duvet Sets, Wool Bed Blankets and Wool Luxury Throws Made in Italy are usually yarn-dyed rather than vat-dyed, with Italy producing the finest linens. The best Italian Mongolian Cashmere Bedding, inclusive of Cashmere Bed Blankets and Cashmere Throw Blankets, are undyed and entirely natural in color, so as to maintain the ultra-fine nature and softness of the fibers.
What is Combing Process : A process that is one additional step beyond the carding process. Fibers are strenuously arranged in parallel form with any additional short fibers being removed so as to produce an end product with the absolute highest quality yarns and supreme strength, fineness, and surface uniformity. Combing is a process of particular importance to ensuring the finest quality of bedding comprised of Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Wools, Merino Wools, Mongolian Cashmere, Angora , Camel Hair or Pure Silk. This is an additional step necessary in creation of the world's finest Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bed Blankets, Throws and Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Quilts, Coverlets and Coverlet sets, Luxury Bathrobes, or Mens ', Womens ' or Childrens ' Robes.
What is Core-Spun Yarns : A yarn consisting of a filament base yarn or core, surrounded by an exterior wrap of loose natural fiber that has not been twisted into a yarn. A typical example is polyester filament wrapped in a Pure Cotton outer layer, providing the strength of polyester combined with the absorption and ease of dye that is characteristic of all-natural fibers such as Pure Cotton. Common uses for core-spun yarns include threads for sewing, made more durable through inclusion of resilient polyester filament. Extremely important for heavier-weight Luxury Bedding and Fine Linens which are required to withstand repeated use, such as Jacquard Luxury Comforters and Comforter sets, Bedspreads, Pillow Shams, Accessory Bed Pillows, Bed Spread Sets, Bedskirts , Drapes, unique specialty Bed Blankets, Throws and Throw Blankets. Also used in other Home Furnishings and Accessories inclusive of Furniture Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Floor Carpets, Floor Rugs, Loveseats, Recliners, Decorative Tapestries, Decorative Wall Hangings, Lounge Chairs, Drapes or Curtains.
What is Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or Luxury Cottons : An all-natural fiber which grows in the seed pod of the cotton plant. Fibers can range drastically in length, most often between a range of 0.5 to 2.0 inches. The very longest fibers are most prized, and used in creation of the absolute best Bedding and Fine Linens. Ultra-Long fibers produce unparalleled silkiness, sheen, softness, high luster and fantastic drape, characteristics that are absolutely impossible to obtain through use of shorter fibers. Shorter fibers create a rougher surface, reduced gloss and sheen and stiffer drape. Fibers longer than 1.5 inches are crucial in producing the highest quality Egyptian Cotton and Pure Cotton Sheet Sets, Duvet Sets and Luxury Bedding. The world's best cottons include Pure Egyptian Cotton and Pure Pima Cotton. Pima Cotton is considered the Western equivalent of Egyptian Cotton , is an excellent variety and often holds many similar characteristics to those of Egyptian Cotton. High-quality Egyptian Cotton however is the most expensive cotton fiber, and used in the finest Bedding, particularly in Fine Linens from the most superior weaving regions such as Italy. It is crucial to understand that the term Egyptian Cotton alone must not be the main factor considered in the quality of Fine Linens. More and more inferior-quality sheet sets are currently being produced and distributed, both domestically and abroad. Egyptian and Pima Cotton Sheet Sets from locales such as Egypt , China and India are amongst countries where of manufacture where Thread Count discrepancies have been noted with certain manufacturers. A main factor, which has recently received much exposure in terms of misled consumers, is the use of ply in determining Thread Count. 2-ply and 4-ply sets are being counted by many manufacturers as twice and four times the amount of threads. Essentially, this boost Thread Count inaccurately to numbers twice to four times the actual Thread Count of the Sheet Set or fabric. So what is the Best Thread Count? Sheet Set quality cannot be determined based on Thread Count alone: manufacturer, locale of manufacture, quality of fiber and ply are all essential factors with as much weight as Thread Count. Thread count numbers for Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Duvet Sets, Duvets, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets are being vastly misused or inflated by many manufacturers and mills who are using poor-quality fibers and weaving methods. Many Thread Count numbers on Bedding packaging are entirely misleading or inflated. For example, high-quality Italian Sheet Sets and Bedding Made in Italy are designed to last generations and far surpass both domestic and import sets, nearly all of which can degrade in a matter of months. This has become such a serious issue that even Consumer Reports as well as groups within the textile industry have issued recent reports regarding misleading Thread Counts. It is also important to note that a large number of manufacturers, in additional efforts to fool consumers, have begun using short, inferior fibers that would typically be discarded in their products, simply to be able to label such sheet sets as being Egyptian Cotton. Unfortunately, this method has become the norm rather than an exception. The best bedding and Egyptian Cotton sheets are extremely rare and a higher investment however are designed to last years, even generations.
What is Damask Fabric : High in sheen and extremely glossy, a very soft jacquard fabric comprised of Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Linen, Rayon, Silk or Egyptian Cotton blends. Patterns may be either flat and one-sided, or entirely reversible. Damask is an elegant fabric, with Egyptian Cotton Damasks being amongst the most stunning and creating some of the most exquisite Fine Bed Linens and Home Bedding. Damask fabrics can be found in Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Shams, fabrics for Comforters and Comforter Sets, Tablecloths, Napkins, Drapes and Home Furnishings including Furniture Upholstery and Slipcovers for Sofas, Loveseats, Couches, Recliners and Lounge Chairs.
What is Denier : A weight measurement system used to measure weight of a single, continuous filament fiber. In the United States , denier measurement refers to all manufactured fibers of filament or cottons such as Egyptian Cotton , Pima Cotton, luxury cottons or Silk. Finer fibers are reflected in a lower number, while the heaviest numbers denote the heaviest fibers. A denier is equivalent to the weight in grams of 9,000 meters of continuous filament fiber. Refers to measurement of fabric used to construct Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Cashmere Wool Bed Blankets, Cashmere Wool Throws and Throw Blankets, Silk Blankets, Silk Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Quilts, Coverlets and Coverlet sets, fabric for Accessory Bed Pillows, Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Bathrobes or Mens and Womens Cotton or Silk Lounge Robes. Common fabric compositions include bedding or fine linens made of Egyptian Cotton , Pima Cotton, Silk or Cotton blends.
What is Dobby Weave Fabric : A stunning, decorative weave characterized by small figures that are typically geometric in nature and are woven into the fabric structure. Dobby weaves can consist of any weight or compactness, with yarns ranging from very extremely fine to coarser. The finest dobby fabrics are usually flat, extremely fine or sheer. Heavier dobby fabrics are available for home furnishings or accessories, most often found for furniture exteriors. Most Fine dobby weave fabrics for luxury bedding inclusive of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts , Drapes or Curtains, Valances, Comforters or Comforter Sets. One of the most popular uses of dobby fabrics is in the exterior fabric of luxury Goose Down Comforters.
What is Doeskin Fabric : A style or type of fabric finish in which a very low nap is brushed in a single direction, to achieve a very soft and suede-like surface feel and hand. Usually excellent in drape and extremely soft to the touch. Range of use for doeskin in Fine Linens and Luxury Bedding Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Throws and Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Specialty Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bed Pillow Shams, Coverlets and Coverlet sets and even as the exterior for Mens and Womens Lounge/Spa or After-Bath Robes.
What is Dotted Swiss Fabric : A lightweight, sheer Pure Cotton or cotton blend fabric which possesses a small dotted pattern that is either woven into or printed on the fabric surface. The finest Dotted Swiss patterns or similar are woven rather than printed, often found in European fine linens or bedding such as those Made in Italy, Germany or Switzerland. Fine Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton adds an elegance and softness that is unmatched, as well as a crisp and clean look to the Bedroom. For Luxury Linens comprised of Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton, Dotted Swiss can be found in Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, Curtains and Nursery Bedding or Luxury Linens for Babies, Kids and Toddlers.
What is Double Cloth Construction : Fabric construction in which two fabrics are actually woven on the loom concurrently, one on top of the other. For the weaving process, the two layers are held together through use of binder threads. The woven patterns of each fabric layer may be similar or entirely different from one another. Heavier Duvet Sets or Comforter Covers often use this type of construction for durability. Particularly useful and stunning in production of luxury bedding or fine linens such as Merino Wool Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets, or Wool Bed Blanket fabric blends, Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets where additional warmth is produced.
What is Double Knit Fabric : A weft knit fabric in which two layers of loops are formed that cannot be separated. A double knit machine, which has two complete sets of needles, is required for construction.
What is Double Weave Fabric : A woven fabric construction made by interlacing two or more sets of warp yarns with two or more sets of filling yarns. The most common double weave fabrics are made using a total of either four or five sets of yarns.
What is Durability : The ability of a fabric to resist wear while maintaining its good looks and integrity even through continuous or frequent use and laundering. Durability is crucial in creation of the finest luxury linens inclusive of Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts , Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Quilts, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets. Durability is also extremely crucial for those Bedding items which are frequently pulled or tugged such as Bed Blankets. The best fabrics, most tightly-woven and made from the finest fibers are the most durable. Examples include Italian Bed and Throw Blankets such as Merino Wool Blankets, Mongolian Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets and Wool or Cashmere Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets. The finest bed linens are designed to last years, or even generations, and durability is essential. Durability is increased when only the finest fibers and materials are used in the looming process for Sheets or Blankets, and it is extremely important that inadequate or cheaper fibers are disposed of and not including in the manufacturing process.
What is Elasticity : Ability of a fiber or bedding fabric to return to its original length, shape or size immediately following removal of the stressor. Well-made Luxury Bed Linens comprised of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton fibers, or other natural fibers such as Pure Silk, will retain natural elasticity that allows the Cotton or Silk fibers to essentially “rebound” from the stress with breaking or tearing.
What is Embossing : A type of calendaring in which fabrics are engraved through use of heated rollers, under pressure, to produce a raised design on surface of the fabric. Luxury linen use includes Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts , Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets.
What is Embroidery : An embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn on to the fabric to create a design. Embroidery may be done either by hand or machine. Fine linens that may be embroidered include Luxury Linens made of Silk, Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or Cotton blends and made into Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts , Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Quilts, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets, Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets, Wool Bed Blanket fabric blends, Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets.
What is Fabric Face : The intended correct side, or best-looking side of the fabric. This applies to all fabrics and is especially pertinent to Luxury Linens such as Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvet Covers and Comforter Covers. For extremely high-end Sheet Sets and Duvet Covers, face holds less importance with fine jacquard weaves, as both sides of the fabric are virtually identical. In terms of Luxury Bed Blankets and Luxury Throws made of natural fibers such as Wool, Cashmere or Silk, both sides of the fabric are the same in terms of good looks and face is therefore less relevant.
What is Faille Fabric : A glossy, soft, finely-ribbed silk-like woven fabric made from Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Silk or manufactured fibers.
What is Fiber : The single-most basic entity, which can be either natural or manufactured, that is twisted into yarns to be used in the production of a fabric. The best fibers for luxury bed linens include Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Pure Cotton or Silk for Sheet Sets, Sheets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Shams, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bedskirts and Quilts. The most supreme natural fibers for bedding such as luxury blankets include Superfine Merino Pure Wool Bed Blankets, New Wool Bed Blankets, Silk Bed Blankets, Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Wool Blend Bed Blankets, Superfine Merino Pure Wool Throws, New Wool Throws, Silk Throws, Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws, Cashmere and Wool Blend Luxury Throws. For durability, natural fibers such as Egyptian Cotton , Pima Cotton, Silk, Pure Cotton or natural blends are combined with resilient manufactured fibers such as polyester in order to increase durability. Common examples of natural cotton fibers combined with use of manufactured fibers like polyester include production of luxury Bedspread Sets, Comforters, Comforter Sets, Shams, Luxury Throws, Faux Fur Bedspreads, Faux Fur Throws, Faux Fur Rugs, Faux Fur Throw Blankets and Throw Pillows.
What is Fiberfill Fibers : Specially engineered and manufactured fibers which are used as filler material in Mattresses, Mattress Pads, Down Comforters, Bed Pillows, Comforters or Comforter Sets, Throw Pillows, Filled Luxury Throws, Filled Luxury Throw Blankets, Quilts, Certain Bedspreads or Spread Sets and Bedding. Fiberfill is of special importance to Allergy Sufferers whom are allergic to natural materials such as Goose Down, Duck Down, Noble fibers such as Cashmere , Wools and other materials which can induce allergic symptoms in those prone to allergies. Fiberfill Bed Pillows and Fiberfill Comforters made with synthetic materials are a fantastic alternative to Goose Down Comforters and Pillows, because the Fiberfill causes no allergic reaction.
What is Filament : A manufactured, continuous fiber of indefinite length that is extruded from the spinneret during the fiber production process.
What is Filling : In a woven fabric, those yarns which run across the fabric from selvage to selvage, and which run perpendicular to the warp or lengthwise yarns. Filling is also referred to as the weft. Filling, or weft, is an important calculation or number in production of the finest Pure Cotton or Pure Silk or Egyptian Cotton Bed Linens inclusive of Luxury Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets and Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams and Bedskirts .
What is Finished Fabric : Refers to fabric that has completed all of the necessary finishing processes including carding and combing, and is ready to be used in the manufacturing of Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Shams and other fine bed linens. Often rolled into bolts prior to the construction process. Finished fabric for the best luxury bedding inclusive of specialty sets such as Italian Pure Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets or Duvet Sets Made in Italy are often pre-laundered in an additional step, to minimize any possible shrinkage prior to cutting and construction. Also applies to Wools such as Superfine Australian Merino Wool, Pure Cashmere, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blends or Silk and Merino Wool Blends that are finished prior to construction. The finished fabric is then cut and sewn into Superfine Australian Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Superfine Australian Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, or Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Flame Resistant or Flame Resistance : Used to describe a fabric that burns slowly or has the ability to self-extinguish upon absence or removal of external flame. Wools and Noble fibers such as Pure Cashmere Wool, Superfine Australian Merino Wools or blends that contain Wool such as Cashmere and Merino Wool blends or Silk and Merino Wool blends are naturally very flame-resistant. Examples of some of the highest flame-resistant bedding include Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy, Italian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Superfine Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, Mongolian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, or Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Flame Retardant or Flame Retardance : A chemical applied to a fabric, or incorporated into the fiber during fabric production, which significantly reduces a fabric's flammability factor. Naturally flame-resistant luxury bedding such as Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy, Italian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Superfine Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, Mongolian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, or Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets do not require addition of flame retardant. Such Wools are flame-resistant by nature and do not require additional chemical application.
What is Cotton or Wool Flannel Fabric : A medium-weight, plain or twill weave fabric that is most highly-valued when made from Egyptian Cotton, Pure Cotton, Cotton Blend or Wool. Though flannel in the U.S. is often thought of as a less expensive sheet set, good European or Italian sheets are exquisite in nature with some of the softest surfaces available, particularly when made from fine Egyptian Cotton . Flannel fabric, particularly luxury weights or ultra-luxury weights for bedding such as 5.5oz or 6oz, are rare in the U.S. and extremely hard to find. Flannel has a very soft hand, smooth drape, extremely soft feel and is brushed on both sides in order to lift the fiber ends from the base fabric. Doing so creates an extremely soft, fuzzy surface that offers extremely high heat-retention from the natural Cotton fabric. The heaviest ounce-weights such as 6-oz, are superior, offering the highest level of warmth. Flannel is produced both domestically and abroad, with European flannels, such as those Made in Italy , being amongst the absolute finest flannels in luxury bedding. Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Duvets and Comforter Covers.
What is Cotton or Wool Flannelette : A medium-weight, plain weave fabric that offers a soft hand, usually made from a form of Cotton, either Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton. Flannelette is typically brushed only on one side rather than two sides like Flannel. It is also lighter in weight than Flannel fabrics. When possible, Flannel Sheet Sets and Duvet Sets are superior to Flannelette as they offer a far higher level of warmth in bedding. In luxury bedding, Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Duvets and Comforter Covers are typical fine linens produced.
What is Flax Plant: The plant from which cellulosic linen fiber is obtained. Advantages of linen fabric include characteristics of naturally staying cool, drying quickly and wicking away moisture such as perspiration. Linen is superior in warm climates for use in fine linens and bedding. It offers fantastic absorption with fast drying capabilities and can be used alone, or combined with other natural fibers such as Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton to enhance softness and drape. Linen is particularly common in luxury bedding and fine linens produced in European countries such as Italy and France , due to its coolness and drying capabilities. Some bedding is imported into the U.S. and includes fine linens such as Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts , Drapes, Tablecloths, Bath Towels, Kitchen Towels, Hand Towels and even Furniture Upholstery or home accessories such as Slipcovers for Sofas, Loveseats and Couches.
What is Foulard Fabric : A lightweight twill fabric that is comprised of filament yarns from materials such as Pure Silk, Acetate or Polyester. Foulard fabrics include a small, all-over print pattern on a solid background, often used in Home Furnishings, Home Accessories or Bedding including Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams and Bed Skirts.
What is Gabardine Wool Fabric : A tightly woven, twilled, worsted fabric with a slight diagonal line on the right side. Wool gabardine is best known as a year-round fabric that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, popular for mens ' and womens ' business suits or garments. Gabardine is occasionally found in high-end Home Furnishings such as Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets. Pure Cotton, Rayon, Polyester or Cotton Blends may also be used in place of Wools for making gabardine.
What is Guage : A measurement most commonly associated with knitting equipment. Refers to the number of needles per inch in a knitting machine. In machines used to create Luxury Bedding and Fine Linens, Bed Blankets, Throws ,Throw Blankets and sweaters, however, the number of needles per 1.5 inches is indicative of the gauge.
What is Gauze Fabric : A very thin and sheer plain-weave fabric made from Pure Cotton, Pure Wool, Pure Silk, Rayon or manufactured fibers. Gauze is a fabric often used in the Home Furnishings arena, inclusive of Bed or Bedroom accessories including Accessory Throw Pillows, Curtains, and occasionally incorporated into Luxury Bed Linens such as Duvet Covers, Sheets and Sheet Sets.
What is Gingham Cotton Fabric : A plain weave fabric that is medium in weight and consists of the appearance of a plaid or check pattern. Ginghams may vary in size, in terms of pattern. Considered a traditional classic, gingham fabrics are most often seen in bedding such as Pure Cotton or Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Egyptian Cotton Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Curtains or Bedskirts .
What is Greige Goods or Grey Goods : An unfinished fabric that has just been removed from a knitting machine, or from a loom. Also known as “grey goods.” Greige goods have not experienced any finishing process such as carding or combing, or any of the other necessary finishing processes involved for producing Luxury Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets or Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Bed Blankets, Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Fabric Hand : The way the fabric physically feels when touched. Terms like softness, crispness and silkiness are all terms that describe the hand of the fabric. Extremely important in terms of Luxury Bed Linens: the finest Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Shams, Bed Blankets, Throws or Throw Blankets, Comforters, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bed Spreads, Quilts or Bedspread Sets should always be described as having an excellent hand. When this is not the case, the Sheet or Blanket surface will feel more rough and coarse. The finest Sheets and Duvets are comprised of Egyptian Cotton and made using the finest weaving methods, Italian Sheet Sets and Duvet Sets, or Blankets Made in Italy , being prime examples.
What is Heather or Heathered Fabric : A yarn that is spun using pre-dyed fibers. These fibers are blended together to give a particular look, such as black and white blended together to create a grey or charcoal heathered yarn. The term, heather, may also be used to describe the fabric made from heathered yarns. Most often used in Pure Cotton Flannel Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Shams or Bedskirts . Heathered Wool Bedding includes Bed Blankets such as Mongolian Pure Cashmere Blankets, Merino Wool Bed Blankets, New Wool Bed Blankets and Pure Wool Blankets and Heathered Wool Throws such as Mongolian Pure Cashmere Throw Blankets, Merino Wool Throw Blankets, New Wool Throw Blankets and Pure Wool Throw Blankets. Boucle Wool Blankets and Throws can also be Heathered .
What is Hemp Fiber : A coarse, durable baste fiber obtained from the inner bark of the hemp plant. Used primarily in twines and cords, and most recently used in certain apparel. Hemp is never used in Bedding or the production of Fine Linens, such as Fine Linens requiring softness including Sheets or Duvets, however is used in certain unique Home Furnishings.
What is Herringbone Weave Fabric : A variation on the twill weave construction where the twill is reversed or broken, at regular intervals, in order to produce a zig-zag effect. In terms of Fine Linens, herringbone weaves are most found in Bedding such as Pure Cotton Flannel Sheets or Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Mens ' or Womens ' Luxury After-Bath Robes and Bathrobes, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Luxury Throw Blankets including Camel Hair Throws and Wool Throws, as well as in Specialty Bed Blankets such as Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Pure Wool Blankets or New Wool Bed Blankets.
What is Houndstooth Check Weave Fabric : A variation on the twill weave construction in which a broken check effect is produced by a variation in the pattern of interlacing yarns, utilizing at least two different colored yarns. Rarely used in Bedding however may be found in Pure Cotton Flannel Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Mens ' or Womens ' Luxury After-Bath Robes and Bath Robes, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Luxury Throw Blankets including Camel Hair Throws and Wool Throws as well as Specialty Bed Blankets including Pure Cashmere Blankets, New Wool Blankets and Pure Wool Blankets.
What is Hydrophilic Fibers : Those which absorb water easily, take longer to dry, and require more ironing. In the finest Luxury Bed Linens, Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pure Cotton, Pure Linen or Cotton/Linen blends most are superior with linen or linen blends drying the fastest. Pure Egyptian Cotton and Pure Pima Cotton are all-natural fibers that naturally wrinkle at a higher rate but provide far superior breathability than man-made fibers such as Polyester.
What is Hydrophobic Fibers : Those which lack the ability to absorb water. Typically, use of these fibers are strayed away from in production of Fine Linens and Bedding. All-natural fibers such as Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pure Cotton, Pure Linen, Pure Silk or Cotton/Linen and Silk/Cotton blends naturally absorb and wick water from the body for breathability . Hydrophobic fibers are generally reserved for embellishments of Home Furnishing or Accessories inclusive of those appearing on Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Comforters, Specialty Quilts and Comforters, Decorative Pillows, Accessory Throw Pillows, Curtains and Drapes.
What is Ingeo : The world's first man-made fiber created from 100% annually renewable resources. An entirely naturally-based fiber, derived from the Earth and sustainable resources such as corn but feels like Superfine wool. Fantastic heating capabilities and ultra-soft surface, with fantastic pricing. Ingeo is not derived from petroleum, like other manufactured fibers, and is therefore a much-improved resource. Non-depleting to the environment, these fibers are made into extremely warm Bed Blankets and Luxury Throws with incredibly soft surface textures. The surface feels similar to fine wool, yet has the advantage of being entirely machine-washable and dryable without affecting the fantastic good looks. The dyeing process is well-done and Ingeo holds natural dyes extremely well. Available in a wide range of colors, Ingeo is the hottest new fiber for both the home and clothing, with fantastic drape and excellent hand. Currently used in some of the newest Bed Blankets, Throw Blankets and Luxury Throws. Ingeo is also currently used in Queen size Mattresses, King Mattresses, California King Mattresses and Bed Pillows.
What is Interfacing Fabrics : Used to support, reinforce and give shape to fashion fabrics in sewn products. Often placed between the lining and the outer fabric., it can be made from yarns or directly from fibers, and may be either woven, nonwoven , or knitted. Some interfacings are designed to be fused through adherence with iron heat, while others are meant to be stitched to the fabric. Used for Bedding including Bedspreads or Bedspread Sets, Comforters or Comforter Sets, Bedskirts , Pillow Shams, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets or Quilts.
What is Interlock or Interlocking Stitch : The stitch variation of the rib stitch, which resembles two separate 1 x 1 ribbed fabrics, interknitted. Plain, or “double-knit,” interlock stitch fabrics are thicker, heavier, and more stable than single-knit construction.
What is Jacquard Fabrics : Woven fabrics manufactured by using the Jacquard attachment on the loom. This attachment provides versatility in designs and permits individual control of each of the warp yarns. Thus, fabrics of almost any type or complexity can be made. Brocade and damask are types of Jacquard woven fabrics. Jacquard is often used in Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Pure or Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Pima Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Egyptian Cotton Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets and Comforters. Luxury Bed Blankets may also be bound in Jacquard fabrics, such as specialty Italian Blankets made of Cashmere or Wool and bound in Egyptian Cotton Jacquard Borders. When used as a border on Blankets or Throws, Jacquard allows for tugging and pulling and increased durability, while maintaining an ultra-soft texture and elegant look. Use of Egyptian Cotton Jacquard borders on Blankets is rare due to increased cost for manufacture, however the best Italian Cashmere Blankets and Italian Cashmere Blankets are bound in Egyptian Cotton Jacquard for softness and hand.
What is Jacquard Knit Fabric : A weft double knit fabric in which a Jacquard type of mechanism is used. This device individually controls needles or small groups of needles, and allows very complex and highly patterned knits to be created. Most often used in Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Pima or Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Covers, Comforter Cover Sets, Shams, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Comforter Sets and Comforters, Bed Blankets and Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Jersey Fabric : The consistent interlooping of yarns in the jersey stitch to produces a fabric with a smooth, flat face, and a more textured, but uniform back. Jersey fabrics may be produced on either circular or flat weft knitting machines. With bedding, Jersey is usually made of standard Cotton however Luxury Bedding Sheet Sets can be comprised of Egyptian Cotton . Pure Egyptian Cotton Jersey Sheets or Sheet Sets and Pillowcases are the absolute finest material for a Jersey Set. The feel is smooth, naturally elastic in feel and fit, and feels cool to the touch when Cotton or Egyptian Cotton is the fiber used. Long-Yarn Egyptian Cotton Jersey sets feel similar to a t-shirt.
What is Jersey Stitch : A basic stitch used in weft knitting where each loop formed in the knit is identical. Also called a “felt” or “stockinet” stitch.
What is Jute Fiber : Primarily from India , a baste fiber mainly for gunny sacks, bags, cordage, and binding threads in carpets and rugs. The roughness of the fiber means that jute is not typically used in most home furnishings or bedding and is instead reserved for bindings of floor coverings inclusive of floor rugs.
What is Knit Fabrics : Fabrics made from only one set of yarns, all running in the same direction. Some knits have their yarns running along the length of the fabric, while others have their yarns running across the width of the fabric. Knit fabrics are held together by looping the yarns around each other. Knitting creates ridges in the resulting fabric. Wales are the ridges that run lengthwise in the fabric, while courses run crosswise.
Lambs Wool, Lambswool
What is Lambs Wool or Lambswool : The first clip of wool sheared from lambs up to only 8 months old, so fine that the wool is very soft, slippery and resilient. Lambswool is used in Luxury Bedding fabrics either by itself, or blended with other fibers. Examples include Lambs' Wool and Merino Wool blends, or Lambs' Wool and Angora, Lambs' Wool and Silk or Lambs' Wool and Cashmere . Found only in the absolute finest Bed Blankets, Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets and Home Furnishings. Domestically, Luxury Bedding utilizing Lambswool is extremely rare. This is a type of Wool found more frequently in high-end Bedding produced in Europe, in particular those Made in Italy. Examples include Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets and Mongolian Cashmere and Merino Wool Bed Blankets Made in Italy . Lambs' Wool provides a supremely soft surface, naturally sheds moisture and is highly fire-resistant, making Lambs Wool a premiere choice for production of Fine Wool Bed Blankets.
What is Lame Fabric : A woven fabric using flat silver or gold metal threads to create either the design or the background in the fabric. Not frequently used for Luxury Bedding but may be found in accent areas of Fine Linens such as trim areas of Duvet, Duvet Sets or Duvet Covers, on Comforter Covers, surrounding or accenting Pillow Shams, as trim on Comforters, Comforter Sets, Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, edging Bed Skirts, accenting Drapes or Curtains, or as decorative trim on Accessory or Throw Pillows or other Home Furnishings. Lame is generally slightly scratchy or rough due to the metal threads, and is best used for accent areas of Bedding or Accessorizing the Home.
What is Lawn : A light, fine cloth made using Carded or Combed yarns of Linen or Cotton. Lawn fabric has a crease-resistant and crisp finish. Linen lawn is synonymous with handkerchief linen. Cotton lawn is similar in nature and can range from white to solid colors, or even printed.
What is Leno Weave : A construction of woven fabrics in which the resulting fabric is very sheer, yet durable. In this weave, two or more warp yarns are twisted around each other as they are interlaced with the filling yarns; thus securing a firm hold on the filling yarn and preventing them from slipping out of position. The Leno Weave is also called a gauze weave. Air and light are permitted passage through the fabric, making it an excellent choice for Curtains, Window Treatments or Drapes. The Leno Weave is too sheer and not durable enough to be used in Fine Linens such as Sheets or Duvet Sets.
What is Linen Fabric : A fabric comprised of linen fibers which are obtained from inside the woody stem of the flax plant. While Linen is far stronger and more lustrous than cotton, it tends to wrinkle quickly unless blended with other manufactured or natural staple fibers. For Luxury Bedding and Fine Linens such as Sheet Sets, Linen is commonly blended with Cotton or even Egyptian Cotton , in order to further increase softness, surface smoothness, hand and drape. Even Cotton and Linen blends will wrinkle, though less than Linen used alone. Egyptian Cotton and Linen blends can be extremely worthwile , providing coolness and fast-drying capabilities while remaining soft to the touch. Linen is one of the oldest textile fibers in the world, and one of the most widely used Luxury Bedding fibers throughout much of Europe including Italy and France . Italian and French Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Bedskirts , Tablecloths, Table Runners, Napkins, Bath and Hand Towels, and Kitchen Towels are often made from Pure Linen, Linen/Cotton or Linen and Egyptian Cotton blends.
What is Lining : A fabric that is used to cover the inside of Home Furnishings, Specialty Bedding items or Furniture Upholstery so as to provide a finished look. Generally, the lining is made of a smooth lustrous fabric. Most Bedding items have two surfaces for use and are therefore unlined. Examples of line Home Furnishings include Drapes or Draperies, Bathroom or Bath Shower Curtains, Valances, Luxury Comforters or Comforter Sets, Bedspreads or Bedskirts .
What is Loom : A machine used for weaving fabrics, including but not limited to Egyptian Cotton, Pure Cotton, Pure Silk, and for Noble Fibers such as Pure Cashmere. Additionally used for Pure Wool, Silk and Wool blends, Cashmere and Wool Blanket, Lambswool and Merino Wool. Used to create fabric for Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts , Bed Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Living Room Throw Blankets, Wool Blankets, Lap Throw Blankets, Curtains and Drapes, Exteriors for Goose Down Comforters and Bed Pillows, Accessory or Decorative Pillows, Sofas, Couches, Slipcovers and other Furniture Covers.
What is Lyocell Fiber : A manufactured fiber composed of regenerated cellulose. Lyocell has a similar hand and drape as rayon, but maintains better durability, is stronger and is often machine-washable. Characteristics include subtle luster and rich color. Lyocell does not shrink easily, offers good absorbency rates and is wrinkle-resistant by nature.
What is Madras Cotton Fabric : A lightweight and plain weave fabric made of standard Cotton, Fine Cotton or Egyptian Cotton. The appearance of Madras may be a striped, plaid or even a checked pattern and will bleed when laundered or washed. This type of fabric is usually imported from India and most often found in garments. More recently, however, Madras may be found in Bedding inclusive of Duvets or Duvet Sets, Pillow Shams, Comforter Covers and Duvet Covers.
What is Matelasse Egyptian Cotton or Matelasse Cotton : A medium to heavier-weight Luxury Cotton fabric comprised of a double-cloth construction, which creates a blistered or beautifully Quilted surface appearance that offers extremely soft texture. Matelasse is now frequently found in Bedding, though high-end Luxury Matelasse Coverlet Sets are extremely rare domestically and the best sets are typically made in Europe . Egyptian Cotton Matelasse Coverlets or Bedspreads Made in Italy and Portugal are amongst the finest Luxury Linens. Matelasse is most often used in Bedding such as Coverlets or Coverlet Sets, Matelasse Bedspreads or Bedspread Sets, Matelasse Bedskirts , Pillow Shams, Decorative Pillows and Drapes. The most outstandind Matelasse fabrics are made of either Pure Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton, with quality varying drastically depending upon the manufacturer and production methods used. Well-made Matelasse sets produce a three-dimensional appearance with stunning textured surface, are extremely soft and supple to the touch and hang well on the Bed. Less expensive sets are widely available, and the difference in quality is highly apparent: with lesser Matelasse sets made of shorter Cotton fibers or Cotton blends made with inferior fibers, the surface will be rougher, the drape or hang becomes stiffer, the surface will have reduced sheen and the pattern itself will appear half-puckered or not fully formed.. The puckered or quilted surface of Matelasse fabrics is too heavy to be made into fabrications for Fine Linens such as Sheets or Duvets, limited to production of Coverlets or Bed Covers similar to Bedspreads ..
What is Mercerization Process : A process of treating Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or other Pure Cotton yarns or fabric. The Cotton fabric or yarn is immersed in a caustic soda solution, followed by acid neutralization. The mercerization process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, which immediately results in an increased luster of the Cotton fabric surface, as well as an increased affinity or “take ” for applied dyes, and generally increased strength. This process is an additional step that increases cost of the production process however is absolutely essential in creation of the best Fine Bed and Bath Linens. Examples of mercerization in Luxury Bedding includes Cotton or Egyptian Cotton fabrics used for Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets and Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts , Bed Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Living Room Throw Blankets, Wool Blankets, Lap Throws, Curtains and Drapes, Exteriors for Goose Down Comforters, fabric exteriors for Bed Pillows, Mattress Pads, Accessory or Decorative Throw Pillows, Furniture Upholstery and Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Chairs and Recliners.
Merino Lambs' Wool, Merino Wool
What is Merino Wool or Australian Merino Wool : A type of wool that originates from pure-bred Merino sheep of Australia . Because of the world-renowned weaving methods of Italy , the Merino Wool is often imported to Italy where it is woven either by itself or in combination with other Wools. Superfine Merino Wool, made of the softest and silkiest fibers, is capable of creating spectacular Bed Blankets and Throw Blankets, particularly when loomed by expert Italian producers. Merino Wool, or Superfine Merino Lambs' Wool, is extremely lightweight yet provides incredible warmth, is naturally fire-resistant and its use helps reduce heating bills and energy costs significantly. Merino Wool and Merino Lambs' Wool can be expertly combined with all-natural Noble fibers such as Mongolian Cashmere, or blended with Pure Silk to create phenomenally soft and sumptuous Blankets and Throws. Examples include Italian Pure Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere and Merino Wool Bed Blankets Made in Italy , Italian Pure Merino Throws and Throw Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool Throws and Throw Blankets and Mongolian Pure Cashmere and Merino Wool Throws and Throw Blankets Made in Italy . Merino Wool is not limited to the Bedroom. In fact, Luxury Throws made of Superfine Merino Lambs' Wool, Merino Wool, Cashmere and Merino Wool or Silk and Merino Wool blends are amongst the most popular additions for the Living Room, Den, Study, Library, Office or Kitchen Nook.
What is Mesh Fabric : A type of fabric characterized by its net-like open appearance and the spaces between the yarns. Mesh is produced in a variety of constructions including woven or knit, laces or crocheted fabrics. For Bedding and Fine Linens, the most common form of mesh is lace which may be used for Luxury Bedding including Specialty Sheets or Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets or Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts , Curtains, Drapes, on Decorative or Throw Pillows. Some of the most supreme fine linens that utilize mesh or lace include Specialty Sheet Sets and Duvet Sets Made in Italy , with the base fabric always being comprised of the finest materials and usually Long-Yarn Pure Egyptian Cotton. Used as embellishments for Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Egyptian Cotton Duvet Sets and Covers. Specialty laces adorning Sheets and Duvets are extremely expensive to produce, often made in Europe and are very rare in the U.S.
What is or are Metallic Fibers : An inorganic fiber comprised of minerals and metals, which are blended and extruded in order to form fibers. Metallic fiber is formed from a flat ribbon of metal that is coated with a protective layer of plastic, to reduce tarnishing. Metal fibers are rough by nature and are used mainly as embellishments for Home Furnishings or Accessories such as Decorative Pillows, Bedskirts , some Duvets or Comforter Covers, Curtains or Drapes and occasionally some Specialty Lap Throws or Shawls. The roughness makes the metallic fibers inappropriate for use in used in Luxury Bedding in Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Bed Blankets, Throws, Wool Blankets or other Bed Blankets and Throw Blankes .
What is or are Microfibers : Microfiber is the name shared by both the ultra-fine manufactured fibers, and the technology used to create them. Fibers made using this technology produce fibers that weigh less than 1.0 denier. When made into fabrics, these extra-fine fibers provide a superior hand, soft drape and a virtually unmatched softness which surpasses suede. Microfibers are twice as fine as silk, three times finer than standard Pure Cotton and eight times finer than wool. Four types of are produced and include acrylic, nylon, polyester and rayon. Microfiber has a wide range of uses in the home, for the Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room and even Kitchen. For the Bedroom, Microfiber can be blended and combined with Cotton for Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets and Bed Covers, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts and Decorative Throw Pillows. Microfiber is also gaining popularity as the fabric exterior for high-end Goose Down Comforters and Pillows as well as Duvets and Pillow Shams. For the Bathroom, Bathrobes and Mens ' and Womens ' Luxury After-Bath or Spa Robes made of Microfiber are extremely soft, warm and gaining in popularity. For the Bath and Kitchen, Microfiber Towels and Towelling have become incredibly useful and popular. The soft Microfiber , spun for Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Washcloths, is extremely absorbent and incredibly soft. Microfiber is also used widely domestically and throughout Europe , particularly in Italy , for Home Furnishings. Furniture Upholstery and Slipcovers for Couches , Sofas, Loveseats, Recliners and Chairs often utilize Microfiber . The fabric is durable, cleans well, and easily maintains its softness and good appearance, even over time and use.
What is Modacrylic Fibers : Manufactured fibers with characteristics similar to Acrylic. Modacrylics have a higher resistance to chemicals and combustion than acrylic does. The downside, however, is that Modacrylics do require lower ironing temperatures than Acrylic. May be found in Blankets and Throw Blankets.
What is Mohair Wool : Extremely soft and warm, Wool hair fibers from the Angora goat. Used in high-end Luxury Bedding by itself or in blends for Bed Blankets, Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets. Fluffy and light in texture and feel, Mohair is often combined with a Wool blend such as Lambswool or Cashmere, with production of the finest items produced abroad in countries such as Italy. Mohair is often found in Specialty Luxury Throws or Blankets such as Italian Mohair and Cashmere Throws, or Mohair and Angora Throw Blankets. Most popular uses include Luxury Throws for the Den, Study, Library, Office, Kitchen Nook or Living Room.
What is Moire : A corded fabric, usually made from Silk or a manufactured fibers. It possesses a distinctive and water-marked, wavy pattern on the surface face. Seldom found in Bedding or Fine Linens, however occasionally seen in unique Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams or Decorative Accessory Throw Pillows.
What is Moisture Regain : The amount of water that a completely dry fiber will absorb from the air, at a standard condition of 70 degrees F and with a relative humidity of 65%. Moisture Regain is conveyed as the percentage of the dry fiber physical weight.
What is Moisture Transport : Movement of water from one side of the fabric to the other, which is caused by wicking, capillary action, chemical or electrostatic action. Moisture Transport is often discussed in regard to Luxury Bedding made of Egyptian Cotton , Pure Cotton, Silk, Linen and Noble fibers including Cashmere and Wools. Synthetic or manufactured fibers absorb less than one percent of moisture, meaning that moisture released by the body has to either pass through the blankets and sheets or condense on the skin as perspiration. Wools can absorb up to 30% of their physical weight in moisture, while still feeling dry to the touch, so the body stays comfortable. Noble fibers and Wools, inclusive of Cashmere , allow the body to naturally breathe by wicking away moisture yet feeling dry to the touch.
What is Monk's Cloth or Monk Cloth : A heavyweight fabric made of Cotton, utilizing the basketweave variation of the plain weave. A less expensive and non-durable fabric, it is occasionally used for Home Furnishings such as Drapes or Draperies or Furniture Slipcovers and is an example of a 4 x 4 basket weave. In general, it has weak stability and tends to easily snag. Monk's cloth is not commonly used in Home Bedding other than for specific Furnishings such as Slipcovers, Window Coverings or Treatments.
What is Monofilament : A single filament of a manufactured fiber, typically carrying a denier higher than 14. Monofilaments are usually spun singularly, thus their name, rather than extruded as a group of through a spinneret and spun into a yarn. Thread for sewing and hosiery are most common uses.
What is Muslin Fabric : An inexpensive, medium weight and plain weave Sheet or Sheeting, synonymous with a low Thread Count. The Thread Count of Muslin typically has a Thread Count range of 160 threads per square inch or less. Unfinished, the most common use is in fashion design in order to make trial garments or pieces.
What is Nainsook Fabric : A lightweight plain weave cotton fabric, typically finished as as to create a luster and soft hand. Commonly used for Womens ' Lingerie including Lounge Robes or After-Bath or Shower Robes. Also used for childrens ' or kids' Nursery Bedding including Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Coverlets and Pillowcases.
What is Nap or Surface Nap : A fuzzy, fur-like feel created when fiber ends extend from the basic fabric structure to the fabric surface. The fabric can be napped on either one or both sides. Fine linens and Bedding such as Luxury Bed Blankets will have a fine, soft nap on both sides that is non-pilling. Examples include Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Australian Lambswool Bed Blankets, Italian New Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Blankets Made in Italy, Mongolian Cashmere and Wool Bed Blankets Made in Italy, Italian Pure Merino Wool Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets, Italian New Wool Throws, Australian Lambswool Throws and Throw Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets Made in Italy, and Mongolian Cashmere and Wool blended Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets Made in Italy. Luxury Flannel Sheet Sets made of Egyptian Cotton , Pima Cotton or Pure Cotton will also have a fine nap, with the best sets having a nap on both sides. Specialty Duvets and Duvet Sets, Pillow Shams and Bedskirts may also have a nap on two sides.
What is Ninon Fabric : A lightweight, fabric that has a plain weave and is comprised of silk or manufactured fibers, with an open and mesh-like appearance. Because the fabric is made with highly-twisted filament yarns, the hand is crisp and use in Home Furnishing is generally limited to Curtains for Bedrooms, Living Room Curtains, Window Treatments or Curtains for the Den, Study, Office , Library or other rooms in the Home.
What is Novelty Yarn : A yarn produced to have a special, or unique, effect. The effect can be produced through twisting together uneven single yarns, through use of yarns which contain irregularities, or by twisting yarns of different colors or color variations. Novelty yarns are typically not used for Bedding or Luxury Linens such as Sheet Sets, Sheets, Duvet Sets or Comforters. Novelty Yarns are however used in Bedding such as Bed Blankets and Throw Blankets for the Living Room, Den, Study, Office or Library.
What is Organdy Fabric : A stiffened and sheer, extremely lightweight plain-weave fabric. Organdy usually has a medium to high Thread Count and is most often used for Home Furnishings and Interior Decorating utilizing Curtains, Drapes, Draperies and Valances.
What is Organza Silk Fabric : A crisp and sheer, very lightweight plain-weave fabric. Organza typically holds a medium to high Yarn Thread Count and is comprised of Silk, rayon, nylon, or polyester. One of this Specialty fabric's main uses is for Wedding Apparel.
What is Osnaburg Cotton Fabric : A tough, plain weave fabric that is coarsely woven and medium to heavy in weight. Osnaburg is usually made of Cotton or a Cotton and Polyester blend for increased durability. Lower grades are not used for Bedding, however higher grades of the finished fiber are found in Mattress Ticking and Home Furnishings such as Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Recliners and Chairs.
What is Ottoman Fabric : A tight-woven and plain-weave fabric that is ribbed, with a hard and slightly lustered surface. Weaving of a finer Silk or manufactured warp yarn with a heavier filler yarn creates a ribbed effect. The filler yarn is usually made of Cotton, Wool or even waste yarn. During construction the heavier filler yarn is completely covered by the warp yarn, producing a ribbed appearance. Used in Home Furnishings including Furniture Upholstery, Drapes and Draperies, Valances and Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Loveseats, Ottomans, Recliners and Dining Room Chairs.
What is Paisley : A tear-drop shaped, fancy printed pattern commonly found in European Fine Linens. Also found domestically, however the most intricate Paisley patterns are usually found in sets Made in Italy or France . Paisley patterns for Italian Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Pillow Shams, Comforter Covers are typically intricate and colorful and involve higher Thread Counts than those of the U.S. Italian paisley patterns, in particular, tend to be far more intricate and intense in variation than those domestically manufactured.
What is Panne Velvet Fabric : A high-luster, lightweight velvet fabric which is usually made of Silk but may also be made of a manufactured fiber. The pile has been flattened in one direction for an intriguing effect. This Specialty Velvet fabric can be found in Luxury Bedding including Duvets and Duvet Sets, Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts , Throw Pillows, Decorative Pillows, Drapes and Draperies, Valances, fabric for the exterior of Comforters and Comforter Sets for the Bedroom and Throw Blankets and Throws for the Living Room, Office, Den, Kitchen Nook, Study or Library.
What is Percale Cotton or Percale Egyptian Cotton Fabric : Plain weave fabric that is medium in weight, usually possessing a low to medium Thread Count that falls within the range of 180-250 threads per square inch. Though most commonly produced in lower Thread Counts, Percale Sheet Sets and Duvets are also produced in higher Thread Counts of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton fabrics. Percales of High Thread Counts are traditionally Made in Italy or other European countries with supreme weaving methods. High Thread Count Percale Sheets and Duvet Sets are not usually found in the U.S. Percales are made of Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or Pure Cotton and have a matte or non-glossy finish as opposed to a glossy Sateen finish. Sateen finishes produce a natural gloss and sheen on the fabric surface, while Percales are more flat in appearance. European Bedding and Luxury Linens, such as those Made in Italy or Made in France, produce far higher quantities of Luxury Bedding made in Percales where it is typical to find Italian sets made entirely of of Egyptian Cotton and with a flat, Percale finish. Percales are made of any type of Cotton, though Long-Yarn fibers produce superior Sheets and Bedding, while Egyptian Cotton produces the softest surface. Luxury Bedding that utilizes a Percale surface includes Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvet Covers and Duvets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, Bed Skirts and occasionally Curtains or Drapes and Valances.
What is Pile Knit : A knit construction utilizing a special yarn or sliver, interloped into a standard knit base. This specialty construction is used for formation of imitation fur fabrics, as well as in some floor coverings. In home furnishings, this knit is most often found in imitation fur Luxury Throw Blankets and Throws, Imitation Fur Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bedspread Sets and Bedspreads, Pillow Shams, Decorative Bed Pillows, Accessory Throw Pillows and Floor Rugs.
What is Surface Pill, Surface Balling or Pilling Effect : A tangled ball of fibers that appears on the surface of a fabric, and is caused by wear or continued friction or rubbing on the surface of the fabric. Pill is most common with inferior or low-to-medium quality bedding in Sheets and Sheet Sets, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Throws and Throw Blankets and Bed Blankets. Cheaper quality fabrics and weaving methods will pill easily and quickly, sometimes even after the first laundering or use. A majority of less expensive Sheet Sets and Duvets, regardless of “Thread Count” listed, will encounter a major problem with pilling that often occurs quicly . Inexpensive weaving methods, cheaper fabrics and fibers, as well as misrepresentation of ply and Thread Count have all led to major consumer confusion. Many times, Thread Count listed on packaging can be misleading, with the true Thread Count being only one-half to one-quarter of what is listed. Certain countries, in fact, use different methods for compiling Thread Count, leading to a mass influx of Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets and Duvet Set indicating an inflated number of up to 4 times the Bedding's actual Thread Count. Problems with pilling are not limited to lesser-known brand names and, in fact, often occur with even major manufacturers depending upon the locale of Bedding manufacture. Pilling is also not an issue limited to one region, with major consumer upset with sets purchased inclusive of both domestic and abroad such as China , Egypt and India as well as other regions.
What is Pique Fabric : A medium-weight fabric that is either knit or woven, and which has raised dobby designs that include cords, wales , waffles or patterns. Woven pique styles have cords which run lengthwise, or in direction of the warp. Knitted versions are double-knit fabric constructions which are created on multi-feed, circular knitting machines.
What is Plain Weave Fabric : A basic weave, utilizing a simple alternate interlacing of warp and filling yarns. Any type of yarn made from any type of fiber can be manufactured into a plain weave fabric.
Plied Yarn, 2-Ply, 4-Ply Sheets Sets
What is Plied Yarn, Ply, 2-Ply Yarns or 4-Ply Yarns: This is the method employed in creating most sheet sets that look great right out of the package, and then begin immediate degrade. The method involves a twisting together of two or more single yarns (2 yarns for “2-ply,” 4 yarns for “4-ply”) so as to obtain the end result of a longer fiber. The short yarns used in this process would typically be useless if not woven with other short yarns. Though not always the case, in general, this process can and does often produce inferior products. This has become a widely-used practice amongst both domestic and international manufacturers, and can dramatically affect sheet set life, durability, sheen, hand, softness and drape. Use of a single, long-yarn fiber produces the most superior products. Yarns instead twisted together to “create” a supposedly longer yarn is a far cheaper production method which translates to a resulting cheaper product. Use of plied yarns of recent has been extremely misleading to the consumer in several ways. First, it has been suggested to consumers that more is better, or that a higher number is better-with many consumers under the impression that more yarns involved in the process is better than only one yarn. This is entirely untrue. Secondly, a number of countries have been denoting a “Thread Count” on their sheet set or duvet set packaging (i.e. 1000TC) while simultaneously failing to mention that the “Thread Count” being used is inclusive of the number of threads being twisted together to form a longer yarn. In essence, this means that a 4-ply set marked 1000TC is truly 250TC. However such a sheet set would not even be able to accurately compare to a 250TC set comprised of single, long yarns. The shorter, usually inferior grade yarns used in twisting methods are exposed to faster breakdown because of the twisting. So the set will degrade in a much quicker manner, typically meaning it will be of even poorer quality than a standard 180TC sheet set. The difference is typically apparent within a short period of time, through use or even on the first laundering. The set may appear normal until used or laundered, where the fabric will suddenly feel rough and dull. Pilling, or surface balling, is a also a common result. And sets will frequently need to replaced altogether, in severe cases within a matter of only months. The sheen, or surface luster and natural glossy shine, will be lost within the first several launderings and minimum use. The drape, rather than falling smoothly and softly, will instead stiffen. These symptoms usually worsen with an increased number of threads twisted together. For instance, 4-ply sheet sets will tend to have more immediate problems than 2-ply sheets because the increased number of threads causes an increased vulnerability in wear and tear. The finest sheet sets, and those with the best softness, sheen, drape, durability and longevity are always those created with single-ply yarns: one yarn only. When only one yarn is used, couple with use of an ultra-long length, the result is unparalleled.
What is Plisse Fabric : A lightweight and plain weave fabric that is made from Pure Cotton, Rayon, or Acetate. Plisse is characterized by a puckered striped effect, usually in the warp direction. The crinkled effect is created through application of a caustic soda solution that shrinks the fabric in the areas where it is applied. The appearance is similar to seersucker fabric. Plisse Bedding includes Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets as well as unique Mens ' and Womens ' Lounge Robes, or After Bath Robes.
What is Polyester Fabric : Man-made, manufactured fiber that was first introduced in the 50's. Only Cotton is used more often than polyester in Bedding, however polyester is one of the least desired materials to be used for Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Covers, Pillowcases, Shams, Coverlets or Coverlet Sets. Polyester prohibits the body from breathing, while Cottons such as Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton, naturally wick away moisture and allow the body to breathe. Polyester offers high durability, great resiliency, high abrasion resistance and decreased wrinkling when used in Cotton and Polyester blends, however it is a manufactured fiber that stifles the body's natural breathing process. While the best sheets Sheets and all-Cotton Duvets are comprised of Pure Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton, polyester content can be very beneficial in Luxury Bedding such as Jacquard Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Imitation Fur Luxury Throws, Imitation Fur Blankets and Imitation Fur Floor Rugs. Polyester adds longevity and durability that is hard to compromise, adding strength to top Bedding and floor pieces that experience frequent use.
What is Quilting or Quilts : A type of fabric construction in which a layer of either down or fiberfill is placed between two layers of fabric, and then held in place through stitching or sealing in a consistent and all-over pattern. Examples of Quilting and Quilts include hand-sewn or handmade heirloom Quilts comprised of patchwork or Wedding Rings, or modern-made Quilts made by machine. Quilting is not limited to solely these items and also refers to Quilted Comforters or Comforter Sets where the Comforter itself as well as Matching Pillow Shams and even Bedskirts or Decorative Throw Pillows all include the Quilted pattern. Bedspread Sets and Bedspreads can also be Quilted , as can Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets for the Living Room. Down Bedding or Home Furnishings, such as Goose Down Comforters and Luxury Throws designed to be used on the Bed, in the Living Room, Office, Library, Den or even Kitchen Nook can also be Quilted and filled with Down. For Allergy-Sufferers, a faux Down Fiberfill is instead used in place of Goose or Duck Down Fill, Quilted within the Comforter or Throw. A faux appearance of quilting is created in Bedding or Fine Linens such Matelasse fabrics made of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton, used to make Coverlets or Coverlet Sets, or even Bedspreads. Examples include Egyptian Cotton Coverlets, Coverlet sets, Shams and Bedskirts where the fabric is softly textured or puckered in appearance to produce the effect and appearance of quilting. These types of Bedding are an example of faux Quilts, which give the appearance of a Quilt and its puckered appearance without containing any fiberfill or fill. Quilting specifically involves the use of a fill in order to produce a three-dimensional look of the Bedding.
What is Ramie Fiber : A bast fiber that is similar to flax and derived from the stalk of a Chinese plant. Ramie often exists in blends and is used throughout Home Furnishings. Examples include Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets, Bed Blankets, Drapes and Draperies, Valances, Curtains and Decorative Throw Pillows for the Home. Ramie is not used in high-end Luxury Bedding such as Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvet Covers or Duvet Sets where Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pure Pima Cotton or Pure Cotton are considered supreme in an unblended form.
What is Raschel Knit : A fabric that is warp-knitted and where the resulting knit produces the appearance of being hand-crocheted, or as a lace or netting. Such knits contain columns of stitches with the addition of inlaid, connecting yarns.
What is Rib Knit : A basic stitch used in weft knitting, where machines use two sets of needles operating at 90-degree angles to one other. Rib knits provide an extremely high degree of elasticity in the crosswise direction. Most often used for garments and bands for sleeves, necks and waistbands however occasionally used in Bedding or as trim for Home Furnishings in relation to Bed Blankets, Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Rib Weave : A plain-weave variation that is formed one of three ways: heavyweight yarns in the direction of the warp or filling, a substantially increased amount of yarns in one direction than the other, or multiple yarns grouped together as one. Characterizations include a slight ridge effect in one direction, which is typically the filling. For Home Furnishings or Luxury Bedding, examples of use include Shantungs , Taffetas or Cord Fabrics. The fabric may be either used as the main fabric or trim for Luxury Bedding or Decorating Fabrics inclusive of Duvets or Duvet Sets, Quilted Comforters or Comforter Sets, Bedspread or Bedspread Sets, Bedskirts , Drapes, Quilted Luxury Throws, Draperies or Curtains and Accessory or Decorative Throw Pillows.
What is Rayon Fiber : A manufactured fiber that is widely used throughout Home Furnishings for Interior Design and composed of regenerated cellulose that is derived from wood pulp, Cotton linters or a vegetable matter. Rayon is now referred to by its name for the manufacturing process used, with the two most commonly used production methods being Cuprammonium or Viscose. Rayon is used substantially throughout the Home for Decorating, not just in the Bedroom but also in nearly every other room including the Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Home Office, Den, Library, Nursery or Kids' Rooms and Bathrooms. For the bed, Rayon can be blended with natural fiber such as Cotton and used as a main fabric or trim for all types of Luxury Bedding items including Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets and Duvets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Bedskirts , Decorative Throw Pillows for the Bed, Drapes or Draperies, fabric exteriors for Goose Down Comforters or Specialty Comforters, Curtains and Valances. Rayon may also be used and can be blended or trim pieces for all Bath Accessories, Furnishings and Bathroom Specialty Items including Mens ' and Womens ' Lounge Robes, After-Bath Robes or Bathrobes, even Childrens ' and Kids' Robes. Towelling for the Bath or Shower including Large Bath Towels, Hand Towels and Washcloths can be trimmed in Rayon or blended Rayon. In fact, the sheen of Rayon makes it extremely popular for Egyptian Cotton Luxury Towels or Turkish Cotton Towels that are banded or contain trim of Rayon for a beautiful, glistening accent. Specialty Towels for the Kitchen can also include Rayon, although Linen, Cotton or Egyptian Cotton are far preferred for Kitchen use. The absorbency and fast drying time of Linen make it the ideal choice for dish-drying. Trimmed pieces for the Dining Room, including Table Runners and Napkins or even Chair Upholstery often includes Rayon. It is a popular fabric also used as trim throughout the Nursery Room or Kids' Room, for Nursery Bedding and Bedding for a variety of ages from Infant, Toddler and Kids: uses include blends or Trim on Baby Sheets and Sheet Sets, Baby Duvets or Duvet Sets, Baby Comforters or Comforter Sets, Baby Spreads, Baby Blankets and Baby Quilts as well as Baby Pillowcases and Decorative Pillows for the Nursery. Rayon is also blended or used in major Home Furnishings including Carpets and Floor Rugs, Furniture Upholstery or as trim for all types of Home Decorating Items including Throw Pillows for the Living Room, Den, Library or Home Office and for Slipcovers or fabrics used for Couches, Sofas, Loveseats, Recliners or Chairs.
What is Repellency : The ability of a fabric to resist wetting or staining by water, stains or soiling. The natural fibers of Wools are naturally water-repellent and can additionally absorb up to 30% of their physical weight in water without compromising heat retention or feeling damp or clammy to the touch. This makes Wool an ideal fabric for Bed Blankets, Throws and Luxury Throws, where warmth and heat retention are key. Wools including Mongolian Cashmere or other Cashmeres, Superfine Merino Wool, Mohair or Angora can be used alone or in blended in combination with other Wools or Silk for phenomenal natural water-repellency and warmth. For the Bedroom, naturally water-repellent Luxury Bedding includes Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Pure Merino Wool Bed Blankets or blended to create Lambswool and Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Merino Bed Blankets or Merino Wool and Silk Bed Blankets. For the Living Room, Study, Den, Library, Kitchen Nook or Office examples of water-repellent Home Furnishings include Wool Carpets or Wool Rugs or Luxury Throws such as Pure Cashmere Throw Blankets, Pure Merino Wool Throw Blankets or blended to create Cashmere and Merino Throws, Angora and Merino Wool Throw Blankets, Lambswool and Cashmere Throw Blankets, Merino Wool and Silk Throws or Mohair and Merino Wool Throw Blankets. Some of the most supreme Luxury Bedding and Throws are Made in Italy , producing a wide range of plain Wools or Wool blended Bed Blankets and Luxury Throws.
What is Resiliency : Fabric ability to return to its original shape after being wrinkled, crushed or twisted. Fabrics that offer high resiliency include all-natural fibers of Pure Superfine Australian Merino Wool and Superfine Australian Merino Wool blends including Silk and Wool, Cashmere and Wool and Pure Mongolian Cashmere blankets. Bed blankets and Living Room throws comprised of these Wool, Silk or Cashmere blends are incredibly resilient. In terms of Fine Linens, the most superior Egyptian Cotton Bedding, such as Sheeting or Sets Made in Italy and including Italian Sheet Sets, Italian Sheets, Italian Duvets, Italian Duvet Sets, Italian Pillow Shams, Italian Coverlets, Italian Coverlet Sets, Italian Pillow Cases, Italian Bedspreads and Italian Bedspread Sets tend to provide the best resiliency.
What is Saran Fiber : A manufactured fiber which offers excellent resistance to sun and weathering, most often used in Home Furnishings both Interior and Exterior. For Exterior Decorating, Saran is often used in lawn furniture and used for Furniture Upholstery and Floor Carpets for Home Interiors.
What is Sateen Egyptian Cotton, What is Sateen Pima Cotton or What is Sateen Cotton Fabric : A fabric made from yarns that carry a low luster, including Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Pure Cotton or other staple fibers. Sateen fabrics offer an extremely soft, smooth hand combined with a gentle and subtle luster that has a natural glow. Sateens are extremely smooth to the touch, offering a feeling of coolness, with Egyptian Cotton Sateens providing some of the absolute smoothest feel. Cotton fabrics for Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets and Duvets, Bedkskirts , Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, Decorative and Accessory Throw Pillows can have either a Sateen or Percale finish. While Percale finishes appear more matte or flat in appearance, Sateens offer a natural sheen or shine. Excellent Egyptian Cotton Sateens can be found in Specialty Sheets and Duvets from Europe , such as those Made in Italy and offering an extremely tight weave. For other Home Furnishings, Sateens may also be found throughout the entire House including use in the Bedroom, Living Room, Dining Room, Den, Library, Den, Office or Study in the form of Drapes or Draperies, Valances or Furniture Upholstery.
What is Sateen Weave : A variation of the satin weave, the Sateen Weave is produced through floating fill yarns over warp yarns.
What is Satin Fabric : A traditional fabric that utilizes a satin weave construction, in order to achieve a lustrous or shiny fabric surface. Traditionally found in Weddings, for Bridal Satin Dresses, Wedding Dresses or Groom's Attire or trim. Used in Home Furnishings occasionally as trim.
What is Satin Weave : A basic weave, characterized by long floats of yarn on the fabric face. The yarns are interlaced in a ways so that there is no definite, visible pattern of the interlacing. Because of this, a smooth and luminescent or shiny surface is obtained. The sheen is increased even more through use of high-luster filaments in yarns that have a low twist.
Selvage or Selvedge
What is Selvage or Selvedge : The compressed and thin edge of a woven fabric which runs parallel to the warp yarns so as to prevent raveling. It is usually woven, utilizing more durable yarns and a tighter construction than the remaining fabric.
What is Serge : Fabric possessing a smooth hand and created through a two-up, two-down twill weave.
What is Serging : An overcasting technique that is performed on the cut edge of a fabric, so as to prevent raveling.
What is Shantung Silk Fabric : A medium-weight, plain weave fabric, characterized by a ribbed effect, resulting from slubbed yarns used in the warp or filling direction. End-uses include dresses and suits.
What is Silk, What is Pure Silk : A natural filament fiber that is produced by the Silkworm during construction of its cocoon. Cultivated Silk Worms have a diet consisting of Mulberry leaves and can produce Silk filaments up to one mile in length. While the majority of Silk is collected from cultivated Silk Worms, other collections of Silk do exist. For example the wild Silk of Tussah Silk is a thicker and shorter fiber, produced by wild Silk Worms living in natural habitat. There are many varieties of Silk including Silk Chiffon, China Silk, Crepe de Chine, Silk Charmeuse , Jacquard Silk, Silk Douppioni or Silk Dupioni , Silk Noil , Raw Silk, Silk Shantung and Tussah Silk. Each has different characteristics, with Silk Chiffon being the most lightweight, airy and “see-through”. China Silk is a lightweight, sheer and plain-weave silk that is one of the least expensive varieties and one of the most commonly used and available forms. Crepe de Chine offers more of a pebbled, textured look and feel, less shiny and does not ravel as easily as other Silks. Charmeuse Silk is the variety that comes to mind first for most, when referencing Silk. Charmeuse Silk offers good drape and the front fabric face is very shiny and shimmery in appearance. Jacquard Silk uses both matte and shiny threads in its weaving, is denser and good for use with patterns as well as dyeing due to its three-dimensional appearance and depth. Silk Dupioni has slubbed ribs and a stiffer hand than other Silks, and usually launders well. Laundering will cause Dupioni Silk to become less stiff and softer in feel, as well as reduced or softer colors. Silk Noil is made from the short fibers left from the carding and combing processes, not offering the same reflective shine as other Silks. Silk Noil may be laundered and has an appearance similar to Cotton however drapes even better than Cotton, and is naturally wrinkle-resistant, the perfect companion for traveling. Raw Silk is stiff in nature, dull in tone and characteristics, with a tendency to attract dirt because of the unremoved layer of sericin . Shantung Silk was once derived from Silkworms living in their natural habitat, however most Shantungs today are derived instead from cultivated Silkworms. Stiffer by nature than most other Silks, the appearance of Shantung Silk can vary and be either shiny or dull dependent upon the fill yarn used. Tussah Silk is derived from wild Silk Worms and may be referred to as Shantung . Tussah Silk Worms survive on oak and juniper leaves as their diet, with the moth hatching from the cocoon and actually causing distruption in filament length. The result is shortened and coarser fibers, as opposed to long and shiny Silk fibers which can be obtained from cultivated Silk Worms. Naturally wrinkle-resistant, Tussah Silk is requires dry cleaning and doesn't absorb dyes easily so is most often available in its natural color of light cream. All Silk is derived from Asia , mainly from China . Silk can be found throughout Home Furnishings, however is one of the most expensive fabrics for the Home. Silk may be blended with Cotton or Egyptian Cotton for durability, to produce Egyptian Cotton and Silk blended Sheets and Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, exterior fabrics for Goose Down Comforters or Fiberfill Comforters and Bed Skirts. In Silk and Cotton blended Fine Linens, the Silk Content maximum for durability does not usually exceed 50% and is often as low as 15%. Pure Silks or Silk Blends are used for Luxury Bedding and Fine Linens inclusive of exterior fabrics for Comforters and Comforter Sets, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Bedspread Sets, Accessory or Decorative Throw Pillows, Drapes or Draperies, Wall Tapestries, Bedroom or Living Room Curtains and Valances. Silks is also prevalent throughout the Luxury Bathroom, used in Mens ' and Womens ' Lounge Robes or as the exterior for After-Bath Robes and the exterior of lined Bathrobes. For other Home Furnishings, Silks may be woven Floor Rugs, Carpets, Table Runners, Napkins and Furniture Upholstery including Sofas, Couches, Loveseats and Chairs.
What is Solution-Dyed Fabrics : A process fiber dyeing in which colored pigments are injected into the spinning solution, injected prior to fiber extrusion through the spinneret. Solution-Dyed yarns are extremely color-fast in nature.
What is Spinneret : Used in the spinning process of manufactured or man-made fibers, a Spinneret is a device or tool consisting of a metal nozzle with extremely fine holes. Spinning solution is forced through the holes of the Spinneret, to form continuous filaments. Diameter of the Spinneret holes varies depending upon denier desired for fiber production.
What is Spot Weave Construction : A woven construction in which patterns are built in at spaced intervals through the use of extra warp and/or extra fill yarns are placed in selected areas. These yarns are woven into the fabric by means of a dobby or Jacquard attachment.
What is Spun Yarn or Spun Yarns : A yarn made by taking a group of short staple fibers, which have been cut from the longer continuous filament fibers, and then twisting these short staple fibers together to form a single yarn, which is then used for weaving or knitting fabrics.
What is Cotton Staple Fibers or Wool Staple Fibers : Short fibers, typically ranging from 1/2 inch up to 18 inches long. Wool, cotton, and flax exist only as staple fibers. Manufactured staple fibers are cut to a specific length from the continuous filament fiber. Usually the staple fiber is cut in lengths ranging from 1-1/2 inches to 8 inches long. A group of staple fibers are twisted together to form a yarn, which is then woven or knit into fabrics.
What is Surah Fabric : A light weight, lustrous twill weave constructed fabric with a silk-like hand. Surah is the fabric of ties, dresses, and furnishings. It is available in silk, polyester, and rayon.
What is Tapestry Weave : A heavy and ribbed fabric, that may be hand-woven or machine woven. Tapestries are intricate and elaborate designs, often depicting historical or current pictorials including imagery of people, animals and landscapes. The most expensive Tapestries are those that are handmade, and thus highly labor intensive, as opposed to made on machine. Made using colored filling yarns in the areas where needed, worked back and forth over spun warp yarns. Tapestries may be found throughout the Home in rooms such as the Living Room, Den, Study, Library, Office, or Bedroom. Popular in Home Furnishings and Interior Design or Decorating. Forms include Wall Hangings or Wall Tapestries, Tapestry Floor Rugs and even in Furniture Upholstery or seats of Chairs. Additional Home Accessories include Decorative Tapestry Throw Pillows.
Tension Control Weave
What is Tension Control Weave : A Decorative weave that is characterized by a puckered effect. Puckering occurs due to warp yarn tension that is intentionally varied before filling yarns are placed.
What is Terry Cloth or Terrycloth : A typical uncut pile weave fabric. This fabric is formed by using two sets of warp yarns. One set of warp yarns is under very little tension; when the filling yarns are packed into place, these loose yarns are pushed backward along with the filling yarns, and loops are formed. Typical uses include towels, robes, and apparel.
What is Cotton Terry Velour, Cotton Terry Cloth Velour or Cotton Terrycloth Velour : A pile weave fabric made of Pure Cotton, Pure Egyptian Cotton or Turkish Cotton with an uncut pile on one side and cut pile on the reverse. Cotton Terry Velour is prized for its supremely soft and luxurious hand and is prominent in Home Accessories such as Egyptian Cotton or Turkish Cotton Bathrobes or Mens ', Womens ' or Kids' Bath Robes. Cotton Velour is also renowned in Luxury Bath Linens such as Egyptian Cotton and Turkish Cotton Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Washcloths and Fingertip Towels. Because of its high absorbency rate, Cotton Velour is extremely popular for Bath Linens and is extremely soft and plush in feel and appearance.
What is Ticking : A tightly woven and extremely durable fabric that is most often made of Pure Cotton and used in bedding to cover Bed Mattresses, Bed Mattress Box Springs and Bed Pillows. Ticking fabric may be manufactured using a plain, satin or twill weave construction.
What is Tulle Netting : A lightweight and extremely fine, machine-made netting, typically having a hexagonal-shaped mesh effect. Most often used for Wedding Veils or Wedding Decorations.
What is Twill Weave : A basic weave in which fabrics are constructed through interlacing warp and filling yarns in a progressive alternation, producing a diagonal effect on the fabric face. In some twill weave fabrics, the diagonal effect can also be clearly viewed on the back side of the fabric as well.
What is Twist or Twisted Yarns : A term that applies to the number of turns and the direction that two yarns are turned during the manufacturing process. The yarn twist brings the fibers close together and makes them compact. It helps the fibers adhere to one another, increasing yarn strength. The direction and amount of yarn twist helps determine appearance, performance, durability of both yarns and the subsequent fabric or textile product. Single yarns may be twisted to the right (S twist) or to the left (Z twist). Generally, woolen and worsted yarns are S-twist, while cotton and flax yarns are typically Z-twist. Twist is generally expressed as turns per inch ( tpi ), turns per meter ( tpm ), or turns per centimeter ( tpc ).
What is Velour or Velour Fabric : A medium weight, closely woven fabric that possesses a thick pile. Velour may be manufactured using either a plain or satin-weave construction and resembles velvet, but with a lower cut pile. Velour finishes in Luxury Bedding include fine linens such as Luxury Duvets, Duvet Covers, Duvet Sets, Shams, Comforters, Comforter Sets, Bed Spreads, Bedspread Sets and Bedskirts . Luxury Bath items and Home Accessories include Egyptian Cotton or Turkish Cotton Bathrobes or Egyptian Cotton or Turkish Cotton Mens ', Womens ' or Kids' Bath Robes in addition to Home Furnishings such as Furniture Upholstery or Slipcovers for Sofas, Couches, Loveseats and Chairs.
What is Velvet or Cotton Velvet Fabric : A cut-pile, constructed fabric that is medium in weight, and in which the cut pile stands up very straight. Velvets are woven using two sets of warp yarns, where the extra set of warp yarns produces the pile. Velvet is considered a Luxury fabric, typically made with a filament fiber in order to produce a high luster, sheen, soft drape and smooth hand.
What is Velveteen or Cotton Velveteen Fabric : A cotton cut-pile weave fabric which utilizes additional fill yarn construction, with either a twill or plain-weave back. Velveteen is woven with two sets of filling yarns, with the additional set producing the pile.
What is Viscose : The most common type of rayon. Viscose, or rayon, is often blended or contained in partial quantities in Luxury Bedding and can have a stunning sheen.
What is Voile : A crisp and lightweight, plain-weave fabric that has the appearance and similarity to Cotton. Voile is made through use of highly-twisted yarns, in a high yarn count construction. In Home Furnishings, Voile is most often used in Curtains for Bedrooms or in the Living Room, Den, Office, Study or Library.
What is Warp : In woven fabrics, refers to the yarns which run lengthwise and are interwoven with the fill, or weft, yarns.
What is Warp Knit : A type of knitted fabric construction in which the yarns are formed into stitches lengthwise. Warp knits typically have less elasticity than do weft knits. Examples of a warp knit include tricot and raschel knits.
What is Water Repellent or Water Repellency : A term referring to a fabric that has been treated with a finish that causes water to shed while still remaining air-permeable. Many Home Furnishings are water repellent, both interior and exterior. Exterior Lounge Chairs, Umbrellas and Patio Furniture are usually treated. Interior Home Furnishings and Accessories may also be treated for water repellency such as Furniture Upholstery and exterior fabrics of Couches, Sofas, Loveseats, Lounge Chairs, Dining Room Chairs and Seats, Floor Rugs and Floor Coverings, Slipcovers, Carpets, Futon Mattresses, Bed Mattresses, Mattress Ticking and Bed Pillows. Additionally, specialty Duvets and Duvet Covers, Goose Down Comforters, Comforter Covers and Comforter Cover Sets, Comforters, Comforter Sets, Bedspread Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Skirts may be water repellent. Luxury Bedding such as Bed Blankets, Luxury Throws, Throw Blankets and Throw Pillows may also be treated with a water repellent.
What is Weft : In woven fabric, the filling yarns that run perpendicular to the warp yarns.
What is Weft Knit : A type of knitted fabric in which yarns are formed into stitches in widthwise manner. Common examples of weft knits are circular knits and flat knits.
Moisture Wickability or Moisture Wick : The ability of a fiber or a fabric to disperse moisture and allow it to pass through to the surface of the fabric, so that evaporation can take place.
What is Wool, Wools, Cashmere Wool, Camel Wool, Alpaca Wool or Angora Wool: Often associated, domestically, with fiber or fabric made from the fleece of sheep or lamb, such as Lamb's Wool. The term " Wool " applies, however, to all animal hair fibers and is inclusive of the Cashmere goat, Angora goat and specialty fibers of Camel Hair, Alpaca Wool, or the hair of the llama or vicuna. The finest Noble fiber or Wool is Pure Cashmere, the most supreme being Mongolian Cashmere. Amongst the absolute finest wools are Australian Superfine Merino Wool and Cashmere . Wools can be blended, to add warmth and softness. Wool and Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy are absolutely unparalleled, taking into consideration fiber quality and mill. Superb Wool products include Luxury Bedding such as Italian Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Italian Pure Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool Bed Blankets and Mongolian Cashmere and Merino Wool Bed Blankets Made in Italy . Wool is not limited to the Bedroom and is in fact extremely popular in the form of Luxury Throw Blankets designed for the Den, Study, Library or Living Room such as Mongolian Cashmere Throws Made in Italy and Italian Throw Blankets, Italian Superfine Merino Wool Throws and Throw Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool Throws and Throw Blankets and Mongolian Cashmere and Merino Wool blend Italian Throws and Throw Blankets. Wool is also used in Home Furnishings and Accessories, in areas such as Wool-Filled Throw Pillows, Wool Carpets and Wool Rugs.
Worsted Wool Fabric
What is Worsted Wool Fabric : A tightly woven fabric made using only long-staple, combed Wool or Wool-blend yarns. Worsted Wool fabric has a hard yet smooth surface. An example of worsted Wool fabric is Gabardine Wool.
What is Woven Fabrics : Fabrics composed of two sets of yarns. One set of yarns, the warp, runs along the length of the fabric. The other set of yarns, the fill or weft, runs perpendicular to the warp. Woven fabrics are held together by weaving the warp and the fill yarns over and under one another.
What is Wrinkle Recovery : Similar to resiliency, the ability of a fabric to recover to its original shape after it has been twisted, wrinkled or otherwise temporarily distorted. Generally speaking, the all-natural staple fibers such as Egyptian Cotton , Pima Cotton or Luxury Cotton will tend to wrinkle easier than Sheet Sets, Duvet Sets or other bedding that has been blended with manufactured fibers such as polyester. Pure Cottons, however, are superb in terms of breathability and softness, characteristics which polyester bedding blends compromise. Wool Luxury Bedding, including Pure Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Blankets, Cashmere and Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Merino Wool Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets and Cashmere and Wool Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets do not wrinkle easily and recover well from twisting or distortion.
What is Yarn or Yarns : A continuous strand of textile fibers that is created when a cluster of individual fibers are twisted together. These yarns are used to create fabrics, either by knitting or weaving. The longer the yarn, the more superior the bedding product. Good yarns are approximately .5 to 2.0 inches in length, with the most superior fine lines comprised of the longest yarns. The best Sheet Sets, Sheets, Duvet Covers, Duvets, Goose Down Comforters, Pillowcases, Shams, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bedskirts and Quilts are comprised of the longest Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or Pure Cotton yarns available. Similarly, the finest Bed Blankets are comprised of the longest fibers for the creation of Wool Luxury Bedding inclusive of Pure Merino Wool Bed Blankets, New Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Blankets, Cashmere and Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Merino Wool Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets, Pure Mongolian Cashmere Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets, New Wool Throws and Throw Blankets and Cashmere and Wool Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets