Let’s make this simple. It’s a large cover to put your comforter into. It will protect your comforter from dust and dirt, and helps keep the wear of your comforter to a minimum. Because you can easily change duvets, they also give you the flexibility to add different colours, textures and excitement back into your bedroom. This allows you to redecorate and change the theme of your bedroom in an instant. Then just decorate with a wide array of accessories.
Comforters are usually a printed shell with a solid or coordinating back that is filled with polyester. A comforter does not go to the floor like a bedspread. It just covers the sides and end of your mattress. The box spring has a bed skirt (dust ruffle) that coordinates with the comforter. Shams and decorative pillows are used to accessorize.
The bed skirt or dust ruffle is tailored or ruffled fabric that will cover your box spring on three sides. They are used to give your bed that finished look.
A quilt is made of an assortment of fabric solids and prints sewn together. It comes in a wide array of patterns and is much lighter than your comforter. The fill varies by style from either a cotton fill to a polyester fill. Usually, it is reversible to a solid back. The quilt helps on the wear and tear of your comforter without losing the decorator look you have created. You can also purchase your quilt to match your comforter and accessories. When you are not using your quilt you can display it on a quilt rack or to keep warm on those cold nights while reading or watching a movie.
Pillow shams fit over your pillow. Usually they have either a ruffled trim or more of a tailored look. Pillow shams come in three sizes: Standard is 20” x 26”, King size is 20” x 36”, and the Euro sham is 26” x 26”.
Memory foam mattress toppers could be the answer to all those restless nights without sleep. It recognizes your shape, pressure points and adjusts to fit your body. Originally developed by NASA researchers, memory foam was designed to make long trips more comfortable for astronauts. Memory foam relaxes according to warmth of your body and dynamics. It softens and conforms to the body, creating the sensation of floating.
A California King or Cal-King size is a longer and narrower king size mattress. Usually found on the West Coast, it measures 72” x 84”.
Thread count is used to gauge the quality of fabric. It is the amount of threads, crosswise and lengthwise, within a square inch of the fabric. The more threads per square inch the higher the thread count, which gives a softer, stronger feel and a great night of sleep. Your better linens have high thread counts in their sheets. There is nothing like the experience of a 500-thread-count sheet. Percale sheets start at a thread count of 180 and go up. To experience the great feel of higher thread count sheets, we recommend buying sheets of 200-thread count or higher.
Percale is a softer and stronger cloth that gives you a smooth feel to the touch. Percale fabrics start at 180 threads per square inch. However, many designers tend to use a higher thread count percale for their bedding.
Cotton is the most widely used fibre for fabric because of its strength, durability and breathability. The word "staple" refers to fibre length. The longer the fibre size of a variety, the more difficult it is to grow and process. Hence the longer the staple, the more expensive it becomes.
Egyptian cotton was developed from stocks that originated in South and Central America. Menoufi is the most widely used variety. The highly prized Giza variety has exceptionally strong fibres about 1½" long and is used in the best qualities of embroidery thread and the finest cotton fabrics for sheets, down bedding covers and duvet tickings.
You will find polyester or a polyester-cotton blend in much of the linens on the market. It gives vibrant colours and tends to need less attention because it doesn’t wrinkle or shrink as easy as its cotton counterpart.
It is a process that puts more threads per square inch on the surface of the fabric. It is said to be one of the softest and best sheets made.
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibres. Bamboo fabric is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties and is to some extent antibacterial. In many textile forms, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. For this reason, clothing made of bamboo fibre is often worn next to the skin.
Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odours. It can also kill odour-causing bacteria that live on human skin. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter. The versatility of bamboo fabric makes it an excellent choice for bedding linens exploring alternative textiles, and in addition, the fabric is able to take bright dye colours well, and drape smoothly.
MicroModal is the world’s softest fibre. It makes textiles naturally more beautiful. Fabrics of MicroModal are feather-light and natural skin huggers.
This fibre is particularly well suited to blends with cotton since both fibres have similar properties. The fibre is made from beech wood, a natural raw material. The natural softener makes Modal fabrics pleasant to the touch even after repeated washing. Hardening of the rayon fabric, which occurs as a result of limestone deposits and traces of detergent, becomes a thing of the past with Modal.
This natural raw material guarantees ideal wear properties since the fibre is gentle to the skin. Products of this micro quality are persuasive in both their handle and fineness.
MicroModal makes every fabric shine. The colours are bright and remain both vibrant and intensive. MicroModal’s smooth fibre surface makes fabrics shine perceptibly more intensively than 100% cotton fabrics.
Silk is a filament fibre formed from proteins secreted by silkworms. Silkworms are not actually worms, but caterpillars, despite their common name. Humans have practiced silk production, which originated in China, for thousands of years. Highly prized for its softness, insulating properties and strength, silk is a natural animal product. Making silk requires monitoring and feeding the silkworms constantly, and a great deal of effort results in a surprisingly small amount of thread.
China managed to keep the secret of silk for thousands of years, exporting the rare textile to Europe over trade routes. Eventually, silkworm eggs were smuggled out, and in the 13th century, Western production of silk began in Italy. This by no means brought the cost down, as the extensive amount of work required to make silk remained the same. Thirty thousand eggs can end up eating one tonne of mulberry leaves and producing 12 pounds (5.5 kilograms) of silk. Besides its luxurious softness and lustrous beauty, there are various other benefits of silk. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic. Because of its natural protein structure, silk is the most hypoallergenic of all fabrics. Silk is highly absorbent: it can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp. Silk will absorb perspiration while letting your skin breathe.
Thanks to silk’s natural thermostatic properties, silk clothes will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Silk is 100% natural, and contains many amino acids in common with the human body. These acids help moisture penetrate the skin (aid in absorption) and aid in skin healing. Silk will keep you warm without being bulky. Silk is fine, durable, light. The individual fibres are approximately a half a mile long, which is what gives the fabric its lustre and ultra-smooth surface so beneficial to sensitive skin. It has been said on more than one occasion that the amino acids in silk are good for a person's skin and help delay wrinkling in the skin as well as being good for a person's hair. They are also said to be beneficial to the central nervous system, helping to calm a person. A fibre of silk that is of the same diameter as a fibre of steel is said to be stronger. One silk thread is typically four to eight of the silk thread filaments twisted together. And because silk naturally tends to adhere to itself, the silk filaments bond themselves, making them less likely to pull apart even after years of use. Silk will not deteriorate over time because of its natural fungal repellence and because chemicals are not used in processing. In spite of its delicate appearance, silk is relatively robust. Its smooth surface resists soil and odours well. Silk is wrinkle and tear resistant, and dries quickly. While silk abrasion resistance is moderate, it is the strongest natural fibre and, surprisingly, it easily competes with steel yarn in tensile strength. Silk takes colour well, washes easily and is easy to work with in spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing.
Wool is the dense, warm coat of sheep, also called a fleece. The hair of sheep has many unique properties that make it well suited to textile production, something humans realized in approximately 8,000 BC, when sheep first began to be domesticated. Wool is used in a variety of textiles and can be found woven or knitted. Wool is highly durable, able to stretch up to 50% when wet and 30% when dry. In addition, wool has excellent moisture-wicking properties, pulling moisture into the core of the fibre so that it doesn't feel wet or soggy to the wearer. It pulls moisture away from the skin as well, and is worn by people in a wide variety of situations who prefer the feeling of dry air next to the skin to the clammy sense of perspiration. Wool is favoured for textile production because it is easy to work with and takes dye very well. The springy fibres remember shapes when well cared for.
Merino wool is the material shorn from Merino sheep. These sheep are sought after for their coats, which are said to produce the finest, softest wool available. This wool breathes and wicks better than most synthetic fabrics.
Merinos are extremely adaptable to variable temperatures, therefore they can be found in many areas of the world. Australia and New Zealand are the leading producers of Merino wool and produce the highest quality of this soft wool. Fabric made from Merino wool is used in the production of high-end bedding linens. Contrary to popular belief, the wool is neither itchy nor overly hot. One of its renowned elements is its wicking abilities — it draws sweat away from the skin and retains the moisture, though the clothing still feels dry to the touch. Due to its uniquely thin fibres, this type of wool does not retain odours — bacteria cannot find a solid surface to grow on, thus making it anti-microbial as well. It also is hypoallergenic, as is most wool. Merino wool fabric will shrink when washed or dried, but not much more than a similar cotton garment. It can easily be stretched back to its original shape.
Merino wool can also be blended with cashmere and silk. When combined with these fabrics, the ultra-fine wool makes for a smooth and soft garment.
Cashmere wool fibre for clothing and other textile articles is obtained from the neck region of Cashmere and other goats. Cashmere is fine in texture, strong, light and soft. Cashmere’s silken feel, feather-light weight and appreciable status makes it highly desirable. Garments made of cashmere were once only available to royalty because the rarity of the wool increased its value. Napoleon is said to have popularized the use of cashmere when he gave his second wife, Empress Eugenie, seventeen scarfs and shawls made of the material. Cashmere is characterized by its soft fibres. For a natural sheep fibre to be considered cashmere, it must be under 18.5 micrometres in diameter and at least 3.175 centimetres long. It is noted as providing a natural lightweight insulation without bulk. Fibres are highly adaptable and are easily constructed into fine or thick yarns, and light to heavyweight fabrics. Appropriate for all climates, high moisture content allows insulation properties to change with the relative humidity in the air.
A percale weave is a closely woven fabric with one vertical thread woven over one horizontal thread. Percale is noticeably tighter than the standard type of weave used for bedding. It has medium weight, is firm and smooth with no gloss, and washes very well. It gives the fabric a crisp cotton texture.
A sateen weave is woven with the shiny side of the cotton up, four over and one under, which means that most threads are on the surface. This creates a smooth and silky texture, which is beautiful to touch. Sateen appears to be of higher quality fabric because of its sheen.
So which one is the better weave? The truth is that it’s really a personal preference. A percale weave produces a stronger, crisper fabric, so if you're after that crisp cotton feel choose a percale weave. However, if you like a silkier feel, a sateen weave tends to be shinier and softer.
Pima cotton, also called extra long staple (ELS), is a type of cotton grown primarily in Peru, the southwestern United States and Australia. It is considered to be one of the superior blends of cotton and is extremely durable and absorbent. This type of cotton is named after the Pima, a group of American Indians who first cultivated the plant in the U.S., but the cotton's origins are its cultivation in Peru. Unlike the more common upland cotton, which is of the species gossypium hirsutum, pima cotton is of the gossypium barbadense species.
This type of cotton bears some similarity to many forms of Egyptian cotton, which is frequently used in towels and sheets. Egyptian cotton has a much more extensive weave than other types of cotton. Towels made from Egyptian cotton are particularly desirable because they are very soft and help absorb water quickly. Growers in the southwestern U.S., where the climate is somewhat similar to that of Egypt, began growing a type of cotton that was a mix of Egyptian and other types of cotton. Pima cotton is a little shorter than Egyptian cotton but still yields a thread that can be woven multiple times into a piece of fabric to create a dense, soft fabric.
Egyptian cotton is known for its absorbency, which is especially suıted for apparel, shirting and sheets. In towels, however, too much absorbency means a towel is still wet the next day after it’s used. Also, towels that are too absorbent tend to become wet in humid climates all by themselves. Turkısh cotton provides the perfect balance between absorbency and softness, which makes it the best yarn to be used in towels. Turkish cotton, when used in towels, provides maxımum absorbency and efficient drying.
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