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
Special cotton grown in Egypt that has long fibres making it soft and hardwearing
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.
Standard pillowcase with little additional decorative features.
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.
Weaving technique that allows intricate designs to be woven. It involves using a ‘jacquard head’ on the loom to control each yarn individually.
Soft and sturdy cotton that’s knitted rather than woven, known for its stretch and softness.
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.
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.
Like a housewife pillowcase but slightly larger and with a stitched border. See also Housewife Pillowcase
Closely-woven fabric that usually comes as 50/50 blend of cotton and polyester, or 100% cotton.
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.
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
Fabric usually made from cotton or rayon that has been mercerised to give it a high sheen finish, similar to satin.
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.
Measures the number of threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the better the material as they tend to be softer and of higher quality.
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.