Glossary

These products protect against several common allergens. They can help prevent asthma, itchy eyes and skin, rhinitis, conjunctivitis – even a blocked nose during the night.
Needlework technique involving sewing or embroidering pieces of fabric together to create an intricate design.
The sheet that covers your mattress and comes in a variety of sizes and styles such as fitted or flat sheet.
General term referring to any sheets, covers or duvets on your bed – usually laid above the mattress.
The decorative trim running along the fold-down section of a flat sheet or pillowcase – sometimes referred to as edging or piping.
A combination of two types of fibres in one fabric, or the blending of fibre yarns.
Tiny balls that gather on the surface of materials when the yarn becomes detached from the weave.
The measurement of the mattress from the top, where you lie on it, to the bottom, which touches the bed frame or divan. Used when measuring bed sheets.
Style of cotton in which all excess lint has been brushed off after weaving to leave a soft, smooth material.
Small pockets within a duvet that help keep natural fillings evenly spread out.
Natural fibre taken from the cotton plant. The fibre is spun to create a soft, lightweight, durable and breathable fabric. The most-widely used natural fibre.
Fabric with patterns woven into it. Usually thick and reversible, the patterns are often intricate and glossy. 
The lightest feather used for stuffing high quality duvets. Usually comes from geese or ducks, and grows under the outer layer of feathers. A very good insulator.
Small mites that live off dust and dead skin. While not visible to the human eye, they can cause allergies. To protect against them wash the bedding at 60°C or use a mattress or pillow protector.
The filled cover over your bed. Can be filled with either natural materials (feather, down), or synthetic.
Decorative and protective cover for your duvet which allows you to easily change to look of your bedding without having to replace the entire duvet.
The solution used to colour a fabric. Wash all bedding separately before use as dyes may run, especially on the first wash.
Bedding that needs only minimal washing and ironing thanks to crease recovery properties and the fact it does not absorb as much water. Often made with a synthetic material like polyester or a blend of polyester and cotton.
A valance held in place with slip resistant hooks. See also Valance
See Binding
Special cotton grown in Egypt that has long fibres making it soft and hardwearing. Egyptian cotton is noted for providing warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer.
Stitching that adds decoration to a fabric. Also sewing in pearls, beads, quills, sequins and other decorative items.
Common natural filling for cushions and duvets. Usually come from ducks, or for lighter weight, geese
Elasticated sheet with four corners that fits snuggly around your mattress and doesn’t slip off.
Sheet with a skirt to cover the bed base; sits between the mattress and the base.
A sheet covering your mattress. Also known as a top sheet. Needs to be tucked under the mattress to be held in place. On warmer nights, the flat sheet can be used by itself instead of a duvet.
Form of cotton in which the weft is coarser than the warp giving it a flannel-like appearance. While light, it is warmer than regular cotton.
Pronounced ‘grey’, this is a fabric in its raw state, usually cream or tan in colour.
Stands for ‘grams per square metre’ and refers to the weight of a fabric
The edging of a cloth that has been folded over and sewn.
A housewife pillowcase, also referred to as a standard pillowcase, has a sewn edge that fits snuggly to a standard pillow. It is very neat and highly functional.
Hollow core fibres in towels that are super-absorbent. These towels tend to get thicker and fluffier the more times they are washed and tumble dried.
Materials and fabrics that produce fewer allergic reactions.
Jacquard is a highly complex weave type and takes a lot of skill to produce. It is made using different patterns and weaves and produces a complex and intriguing bed linen design. It is woven using a ‘jacquard head’ on the loom using a mix of cotton, viscose, rayon, and silk, making it extra strong. The delicate patterns are wrinkle resistant.
Jersey is knitted, not woven, and typically uses cotton blend fibres. Jersey cotton bed linen holds in heat, is stretchy, soft , and is often recommended for kids.
Any material that can be washed on a common cycle at 40 degrees without damaging or altering the fabric.
The padded layer of comfort on which you sleep.
Protective cover for your mattress to shield it from dirt and allergens like dust mites. Keeps the mattress feeling ‘like new’ for longer
Specialist material that responds to the body’s movement. Usually made of elastic, viscous synthetic foam.
Several products in our bed linen range feature microfibre weaving, which is synthetic fibre-based and very tightly woven. Microfibre weave is both water and wrinkle resistant.
The European Down and Feather Association certification for duvets that have such tightly woven fabric which acts as a barrier preventing dust mites from passing through and offers, thus, additional protection.
Test that proves duvets have no harmful chemicals or substances. Class 1 certification means they’re suitable for babies and children.
Natural fabrics grown without genetically modified plants or synthetic agricultural chemicals.
Usually V-shaped and designed to provide additional head and neck support for those recovering from surgery, pregnant women or anyone sitting up in bed.
An oxford pillowcase has the same internal size as a standard pillowcase so fits a standard pillow. However it has a border around the edges making it more decorative. See also Housewife Pillowcase
Percale is a simple weave pattern where the yarn goes one under and one over. This gives the finished product feel crisp and lightweight. It feels cool against the skin and even softens through continued use. It usually comes as a 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester or 100% cotton.
See Bobbling
Cushioned support for the head while lying or sleeping
Cover for the pillow - comes in a variety of designs and shapes.
A durable and absorbent form of cotton typically grown in the US. While shorter than Egyptian cotton, it can still be woven into a dense and soft fabric.
See Binding
Linen of a single colour without pattern or embroidery.
A simple but strong weave in an ‘over and under’ pattern of tightly-interlaced yarns.
A sheet that covers the bed base. Also known as a Base Valance. See also Valance
Fabric that is folded back upon itself.
A blend of polyester and cotton - combines cotton’s softness and polyester’s easy-care qualities.
Synthetic fabric popular for bedding due to easy care qualities. Can also be used as a filing for duvets and pillows.
Amount of threads wrapped together in a single thread. For example, a single-ply fabrics are made with a single thread while a double-ply fabric has two threads intertwined
Sateen weave features more vertical threads than horizontal ones. This weave type uses long cotton fibres that have been soaked in acid and lye, making them more durable than regular cotton. Sateen weaving produces a heavy, soft finish and features a subtle sheen.
Satin weave is characterised by floating warp yarns which go over around four weft yarns. It creates an extra smooth bedsheet and is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Bed linens usually made from cotton or linen cloth - covers the mattress or used as lighter alternative to duvet.
Light, soft, breathable and hypoallergenic natural material. Used for sheets, covers or as filings for pillows and duvets.
Duvet cover designed to be easily changeable. Small openings at the corners allow hands to reach through and grab the duvet, making changing your duvet ever so simple.
Thread count refers to the number of threads woven together, both horizontally and vertically, in every square inch of linen material. The higher the TC, the more tightly woven the linen is. High TC, therefore, suggests high durability.
A blanket that can be draped over your bed, chairs and couches. They can even provide warmth and comfort whilst relaxing.
See Flat Sheet
Absorbent material often used to dry oneself, but also used in dressing gowns.
A type of sheet with a skirt that covers the bed base.
A blanket with a waffle-style texture and pattern - warmer than a standard blanket.
Manufacturing process for towels to create high quality two-fold micro yarn cotton.
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