Terms of Glossary
- Blankets: The most important aspect of any blanket is its fabric. Different fabrics obviously have
different qualities of warmth and softness. For instance, cotton blankets tend to be more breathable than those made from
synthetic fabrics. However, synthetic fleece blankets tend to be lighter and softer. Wool blankets are extra warm. It all
depends on your personal preferences. Just pay attention to things like weave and edging to make sure you get a blanket
that will hold up after years of use.
- Bed skirt (also bed ruffle, dust ruffle or valance): A decorative piece used
to cover the boxspring and legs of the bed. It fits between the mattress and boxspring and hangs to the floor.
- Combed Cotton: Cotton which has had all short fibers and impurities removed from long cotton
fibers that have been carded.
- Combed Cotton: Combed cotton is a kind of Cotton which has had all short fibers and impurities
removed from long cotton fibers that have been carded before they are spun into yarn. Generally, combed cotton is
slightly more expensive than conventional cotton.
- Comforter: ) A type of blanket and can be used a filled bed cover. Comforters are intended to keep
the user warm, especially during sleep, although they can also be used as mattress pads. Comforters are generally large
and rectangular in shape, filled with natural or synthetic insulative material and encased in a shell/covering. Our
products include Synthetic Down-like Comforter, White Down Comforter, White Goose Down Comforter, Wool-Filled Comforter
and Silk Comforter.
- Down: The layer of fine feathers found underneath the outer feathers of adult ducks, geese, and
other water birds. It consists of light fluffy clusters from the underplumage of waterfowl. The filaments of each cluster
contain tiny air pockets of warm still air which expand as the body generates heat. Down also has the wonderful ability to breathe thereby forming a blanket of warmth and comfort while lifting away perspiration. You feel none of the
clamminess that often occurs with synthetics. An ounce of down will keep you warmer than any synthetic fiber and is a natural choice for luxurious comfort.
- Damask: Damask is a reversible figured fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or synthetic fibers, with a pattern formed by weaving. Classical damask is made from silk, although the term is now widely used to refer to the style of weaving, regardless as to the material used. Damask is characterized by a background of lustrous fabric against which raised designs appear. Many pieces of antique upholstered furniture are covered in damask fabric, which is how many consumers become acquainted with this fabric. Damask fabric tends to be expensive, because the dense weave requires a great deal of thread. See below for a sample of Damask fabric pattern.
- Down Alternative: Synthetic fill with insulating properties similar to down.
- Drop: The length of a bed skirt.
- Duvet: (from the French duvet "down") is a soft flat bag traditionally filled with down or
feathers, or a combination of both, and used on a bed as a blanket.
- Duvet cover: A decorative and protective covering for a duvet. Most duvet covers have a button or
tie closure at one end.
- European sham (or Euro sham): A decorative pillow covering which fits a large 26 inches x 26 inches
pillow. These are often placed behind the standard size pillow shams as a backdrop for all of the other pillows.
- Egyptian Cotton: A fine, lustrous, long staple cotton grown in Egypt. Long staple cottons are more
expensive than the commonly available cottons. The consumer identifies Egyptian cotton with quality.
- Flanged: Flamged is a term that often used to describe pillows or pillow shams. Usually tt Include a decorative band of fabric that is straight or tailored.
- Jacquard: A loom which makes it possible to control each warp thread so that each and every warp
end can be raised or lowered at will to form an intricate design. Orginally controlled by a punched card system sometimes
called the first computer, today the loom is fed by computer generated information that eliminates the cards,making
design changes faster and more efficient.
- Loft, or Fill Power: The standard measurement of down quality. Measurements and Fill Power is
determined by placing an ounce of down in a container. This is done to measure the volume it acquires. The volume is
calculated in cubic inches. You would often see numbers such as 500 Loft specified on our products. This specifies that
the Fill Power is 500 cubic inches. An ounce of down that occupies more space is better than an equivalent amount
occupying less volume. Therefore the higher the Fill Power, the higher the quality of down.
- Percale: Percale refers to the method of weaving and resulting a fine, lustrous, smooth cloth with
a thread count of 180 and above.
- Pillow shams: Decorative coverings for pillows, often designed with trims, ruffles, flanges, or
cording. Shams are normally placed behind the pillows used to sleep on, which would be covered with regular
- Pima Cotton: An extra long staple domestic cotton grown in the Southwest United States. The
consumer identifies Pima cotton with quality.
- Quilts: When it comes to quilts, you can find colors and patterns to fit any decor you have in
mind. Plus, many quilts are handmade so that no two will be exactly alike, giving you a unique piece of bedding. If the
quilt is machine washable, and most are, it will be easier to maintain than a down comforter.
- Sateen: A manufacturing process which provides an extra soft sheet by smoothing the yarn. Usually
made of a higher than average thread count fabric for extra softness and durability. Sateen fabric uses the satin stitch
in construction, which means the threads are mostly on one side of the fabric, giving that smooth look.
- Satin: Satin is a type of glossy fabric first made from silk and now made with polyester, acetate, nylon, and
rayon. These other fabrics provide a less expensive means to achieve the glossy finish provided by satin.
- Thread Count: The actual number of threads used per inch in a woven cloth.
- Woven Fabric: The process of forming a fabric by interlacing vertical and horizontal yarns.
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