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We get this question all the time, especially from our customers outside States that, ‘what’s the difference between king and cal king’ (aka. Califonia king). Obviously the size is what makes it different, but what matters most to our customers is the utility. For instance, cal king isn’t so popular on the East Coast of United States because a California king size bed requires a lot of space and given that most of the people prefer living in apartments and condos – California king size bed takes most of the space. Instead its more popular in West Coast, especially in California. Matter of fact, back in 60s it was only found in luxury homes. 

We offer comforters and duvet covers in all sizes, including California king. Click here to check out our comforter collection

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Comforters and Bedspreads

2/11/2015 12:20 PM

Should You Buy Bed Comforters or Bedspreads?

When looking for bedding to compliment your bedroom or decorate your spare room, there are many options for the shopper to choose from. While it's tempting to go with whatever matches the walls or compliments your furniture, it's important to think about comfort too. These days, the market place offers options from bed comforters and comforter sets, duvets, quilts and of course the traditional bedspread too. What is right for you and your home? Consider the following as you make a decision.

First of all when thinking about comforters and bedspreads versus quilts, think about weight. Quilts are relatively heavy and are better suited for cold weather areas. They are especially not recommended for a southern summer. Comforters can be bought in various thicknesses for whatever climate you're living in. Bedspreads are typically cool and require additional blankets during the winter time.

comforters and bedspreads

Now, when thinking about bed comforters, quilts and bedspreads, think about the ease in making your bed. Comforters and quilts have the pro of being easy to simply pull up and throw your pillows in place. On the other hand, bedspreads have to truly be made and take longer to fix correctly each day. The wrinkles of a sheet not pulled tight show through and make correct bed making more important. That's why bedspreads do well in a spare bedroom where the bed doesn't have to be made quite as often.

Where decorating is concerned, all three of the major forms of bedding offer great styles to choose from and even come in bed comforter sets, quilt or bedspread sets. This means that the dust ruffle, pillow shams and sometimes even matching sheets and pillows are included. This makes for hassle free decorating. While you will definitely find that king size bed comforter sets as well as their quilt and bedspread counter parts are going to be significantly more expensive than the smaller sizes, one will definitely save money by going with the sets to decorate their bedrooms.

There is no right or wrong answer about which type of bedding you should choose. While bed comforters are the most popular choice, you should choose the one that suits your lifestyle best. Feel the top and bottom of the comforter to make sure it's comfortable to lay on top of and underneath. Comfort is so much more important than looks, but if you look hard enough you can find both.

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How to Wash a Down Comforter

1/16/2015 1:14 PM

Everyone wants a clean and tidy bedroom. There is nothing like coming home from a long day of work to fresh sheets and bedding. Having a clean bedroom is healthy and just makes sense. Some people associate cleaning a bedroom with washing the sheets, pillow cases and dusting the furniture then vaccuming. Keep in mind though, that the comforter laying on your bed attracts quite a bit of dust and debris, thus making it important to equally maintain it. Keeping your comforter clean will not only be healthier, but will add years of life to it. The way you clean your comforter depends on the materials it is made of, so it is important to read the label. This is how to wash a down comforter. 

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Here are some steps to take.

Decide if your comforter even needs cleaning. The material it is made of will depend on how often and whether it needs cleaned or not. Some people believe that down comforters only need cleaned every five or so years. They also believe that washing regularly can ruin the fabric and down. There are others that believe that your body oils can destroy the fabric and down and washing it does not matter much. Typically, people wash their down comforters about once every three to four years. If you decide to wash it more often than this, you should proceed with caution.

Treat any stains that are on the comforter as well as sewing up any holes or irregularities. Fixing the holes beforehand will keep them from getting bigger once the comforter is washed. If there are stains on the comforter, be sure to gently rub the stained area with baking soda or carbonated water. Never use bleach on a comforter.

When you are ready to wash be sure to set your machine on the most delicate cycle. If the comforter is too large for your washing machine, follow these same steps at the laundrymat. To make sure the comforter's filling is distributed evenly, throw in a pair of white tennis shoes or a clean white baseball.

When the comforter is ready to dry, take it along with the tennis shoes and place it into the dryer. Make sure the dryer is on the lowest setting. Too much heat will harm the comforter and possibly shrink it. Once the comforter has started to dry, be sure to check and fluff the comforter every thirty minutes or so. This will make sure the insides are properly distributed.

Do not let the comforter completely dry. Take it out after one hour and hang it on a clothes line or over your shower curtain. You don't want to harm the comforter by over drying it, this is why it is important to take two or three hours and dry it outside

Hope you learned something and know how to wash a down comforter. If you have any question, please feel free to contact us here

 

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What is A Duvet Cover?

12/17/2014 8:02 PM

Comforter covered in a duvet cover

So what is a duvet cover?
It’s a pretty common question, especially when we are buying bedding. Let me make it really simple; think of duvet cover as a giant pillowcase that is used to protect a comforter.

What is A Duvet Cover Used For?

As mentioned above, duvet cover is a protective cover for a duvet (which is also known as comforter). Just as some of us like to protect our iPhone by a cover, exactly as that it is strongly suggested to protect your duvet/comforter, which costs from $100-$500 by investing in a duvet cover. When a duvet cover is used to protect a duvet, it decreases the wear and tear and the need to wash it, which results in longer life of a duvet.

What Size of Duvet Cover Should I Buy?

Duvet covers come in the same sizes as comforters, which includes, twin, queen, full and king size. Be sure to choose the right size as per your comforter, as it will pervert duvet cover from slipping and getting mushed in one corner.

 

 

 

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Wool Marketing

Wool 
The value of grease wool is determined by both qualitative and quantitative evaluation. The price of clean wool (that portion of grease wool which is free of vegetable matter, grease and mineral matter) is based primarily on qualitative factors that determine the end use of the raw fiber. Grade is the most important qualitative factor and refers to average fiber diameter or fineness. Because it governs the minimum thickness of yarns that can be spun, grade is considered wool's most important value-determining characteristic. A minimum number of fibers is required in a cross section of yarn for it to be strong enough for knitting or weaving. Thus, the finer (smaller fiber diameter) grades of wool can be spun into finer yarns than coarser grades. 
Other qualitative factors normally considered in pricing wool include length (also included as a quantitative factor), uniformity, strength, crimp, handle, color, character, purity, wastiness and contaminants. Because of the nonwool, lower-valued components of grease wool when it leaves farms and ranches, the quantity of usable fiber must be established before grease price can be determined. The wool chapter contains an example of how to calculate the grease price of wool. 

Wool Demand 
Similar demand problems exist for wool. Wool is a natural fiber with unique characteristics. However, some characteristics are not easily adapted to changing consumer demands. As a result, non-cellulosic fibers (for example, nylon, Dacron and orlon, among others) have been developed and have dominated the fiber market. In 1993, synthetic fibers made up about 66 percent of mill use and 56 percent of domestic fiber consumption. Cotton accounted for 32 percent of mill use and 38 percent of domestic fiber consumption in 1993. Mill use for wool as a percentage of total fiber in 1993 was about 1 percent with domestic consumption at 1.7 percent. 
Domestic production of wool has declined as has per capita consumption of domestic wool. As with lamb, however, per capita consumption alone does not depict the demand for wool. When considering wool prices along with consumption, the conclusion is that demand for wool has also declined. As with lamb, one major reason is changing tastes and preferences of consumers. 
Synthetic fibers do not simply provide an alternative type of fiber to the textile industry; they represent a whole new technology that has changed the handling and manufacturing of textile products. These new fibers can be tailored to meet changing consumer tastes and preferences rather than requiring discovery of new methods of weaving, knitting or manufacturing as is needed to make natural fibers more appealing. Therefore, introduction of synthetic fibers has greatly contributed to a decline in the demand for wool. 

Wool Production 
Geographically, wool production is correlated closely with number of sheep. Leading wool-producing states in 1994 were Texas, Wyoming, California, Montana, Colorado, South Dakota, Utah and New Mexico. However, the distribution of wool production by quality varies considerably. The highest valued finer wools, 25 micron or less, represented an estimated 56.9 percent of U.S. wool production in 1994. Four states (Texas, California, Wyoming and New Mexico) accounted for 81.5 percent of all 22 micron and finer wool produced in the U.S. and 64.5 percent of all 25 micron and finer wool in 1994. However, all states produce a mix of fine wools and medium-to-coarse wools. 

Wool Marketing 
Sheep producers market wool by a number of methods. Use of private or cooperative wool warehouses is the most important marketing alternative, but wool pools are common in many states. In some cases, wool is pooled in a local market area but sold through a wool warehouse. Descriptive marketing is becoming the preferred method of marketing wools in the U.S. With increasing emphasis on objective measures of grease wool, producers who do not utilize these measures may be at a disadvantage when attempting to market their wools at premium prices. 
Most wool moves out of producing areas through merchants directly to central markets or to mills within a short time after it is clipped. Producers of pulled wool (wool pulled from the skin of slaughtered lambs and sheep) sort their product into uniform lots and put it in bags or bales for sale. 
Imported apparel wool goes directly to central markets in which it is handled by the same large merchants and manufacturers who handled U.S. grown wool. Imported carpet wool also goes directly to central markets where it is handled by a specialized group of merchants and manufacturers. Domestic and imported wools are assembled in warehouses at the central markets, where they are divided into uniform lots and stored until needed by manufacturers. Wool purchased by manufacturers is bought "in the grease" or clean (in the scoured state). 

Wool Processing 
Wool can be classified into two categories -- apparel and carpet wool. Carpet wool is shorter, coarser and less uniform than apparel wool. Wool is processed by the worsted process or the woolen process. The worsted process uses longer wool fibers and the wool is carded, combed and drawn into a thin strand of parallel fibers which are spun together to form a strong, thin yarn. For the woolen system, a shorter wool is carded and then drawn into a long, softly-twisted strand which is spun into a bulky yarn without the strength of the worsted yarns. Tops and noils are intermediate products yielded by the worsted and woolen processes. Tops are created by carding the longer wools and removing the shorter fibers called noils. Twisted top fibers form rovings which are then spun to make worsted yarns. 
Most carpet wool used in the U.S. is imported to manufacture carpets, heavy tweeds and filling material. Some apparel wool is produced domestically, but, the majority (about 88 percent) is imported. Apparel wool is used primarily for clothing such as tweeds, flannels and knits for blankets. Since some mills process wool only as far as top and sell the top to spinners for finishing, trade of intermediate products also is important. 
The apparel wool manufacturing industry consists of both the worsted and the woolen manufacturing process. Worsted yarn, spun from fibers that have been carded and combed, results in fibers which are relatively parallel, thus yielding a smooth yarn. Woolen yarns are spun from fibers that have been carded but not combed. Thus, the fibers are randomly arranged, resulting in a relatively rough yarn. Both woolen and worsted yarns are woven into wool and wool-blend fabrics. 
The Census of Manufacturers reports the number of establishments primarily engaged in weaving fabrics wholly or chiefly from wool, mohair or similar animal fibers; in dyeing and finishing all woven wool fabrics or dyeing wool, tops or yarn; and those shrinking and sponging wool goods for trade. Number of establishments is an indicator of the structure of the wool processing industry. In 1987, there were 106 companies involved in these activities, with the four largest firms accounting for a combined 55 percent of the value of shipments. This was about one-third the number of companies in operation in 1963 (304). Thus, competition appears to be reasonably keen in the wool processing sector, although the number of firms is declining. The Hirschmann-Herfindahl Index (HHI) is another measure of concentration in an industry along with the concentration ratio. The higher the HHI, the more concentrated the industry. The HHI for the 50 largest wool processing companies in 1987 was 1,180, suggesting that the amount of business activity accounted for by the top-ranked firms is high. In contrast, there were 246 cotton fabric mills in 1987 and 316 man-made fiber and silk fabric mills. The HHI for these firms in 1987 was 640 and 430, respectively. 

Competition for Wool 
The U.S. produced about 93 million pounds of grease wool (wool removed from sheep, prior to scouring) in 1990. U.S. production accounted for about 35 percent of raw wool used in the U.S., but less than 15 percent of all wool products consumed. With the exception of wool yarn, consumers purchase wool primarily in finished products, especially clothing and carpets and related products. Wool clothing competes with other natural fibers, especially cotton and synthetic fibers. There are two main categories of synthetic fibers -- cellulosic and noncellulosic. Cellulosic fibers were developed earlier than the noncellulosic fibers and appeared in 1910. Trade names for these fibers include rayon, acetate and triacetate. Noncellulosic synthetic fibers have been developed more recently, since 1939. These fibers are truly man-made, since they are synthesized from various chemicals under laboratory conditions forming fiber strands with predictable properties and costs. Fibers in this group include polyamides (nylon), polyesters (dacron and terylene) and acrylics (orlon, acrilan and courtell). 
Desirable traits of wool include resilience and draping properties, natural resistance to heat and flame, excellent dyeing properties, resistance to soiling and moisture absorption properties. Recent developments have enhanced wool's ability to hold a crease and keep its shape. Wool is frequently blended with other natural and synthetic fibers to capture the desirable properties of each, resulting in products which meet consumers' needs and preferences. 

Wool Grades 
Average diameter of wool fibers is the most important wool property. Official USDA standards for grades are based on objective measurements. For each grade, there is a range of average diameter and a maximum standard deviation. The use of official grades is declining in importance. More important is a measurement of diameter in microns and fiber variability. Typically, fine wools are those with a fiber diameter of 22 microns or less.
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Growth of bamboo is both environmentally friendly and sustainable. But much of the bamboo fibre used in the manufacture of clothing and other products is made using a process which chemically regenerates bamboo. Essentially these bamboo fibres are cellulose which has been broken down using chemical solvents and then reconstructed as a cellulose fibre. Chemically regenerating the bamboo fibre can also weaken it.

Organic bamboo is different as it is processed naturally without the use of sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide in this process which is also known as hydrolysis alkalization and without the use of bleach

Our manufacturer uses a newer way of processing the bamboo into fibre that is completely natural. The woody part of the bamboo is crushed mechanically before a natural enzyme retting and washing process is used to break down the walls and extract the bamboo fibre. This fibre is then spun into yarn. The same manufacturing process used to produce linen fabric from flax or hemp. Bamboo fabric made from this process is sometimes called bamboo linen. More clothing companies are moving towards this product as it becomes more widely available.

The natural processing of bamboo allows the fibre to remain strong to produce an extremely high quality product. This process gives a material that is very durable.

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Bedding is a very personal choice – from the colors and patterns, to the accent pillows (or lack thereof), and the materials and thread counts.  With many packages and options, it is also a confusing process.  The good news is that, with the little bit of knowledge we will provide you with here, you will be well prepared to make an educated bedding decision.

First, some basic bedding terms you should know:  

  • Bed Skirt - A piece of material laid on top of the box spring on a bed and used to decorate the base of the bed and hide the space underneath the bed.
  • Comforter - The top layer of bedding, usually consisting of two layers of fabric, filled with either down or fiber filling.
  • Down - Natural feathers used to fill cushions of pillows, bedding, and upholstery; the material traps air to provide extremely soft comfort; also a very warm insulator often used in bedding (particularly comforters). 
  • Duvet - A duvet is similar to a comforter and/or a quilt in that a duvet is also composed of two layers of fabric with an insulation substance between. However, the difference between a duvet and a comforter and/or quilt is that the duvet is to be placed inside a duvet cover.  A comforter and/or quilt can be used as independent bed covers
  • Duvet Cover:  A giant pillowcase-like covering that fits over a duvet.  It is open on one end, typically closed by buttons, ties, Velcro, or a zipper.
  • Egyptian Cotton - Cotton grown exclusively in Egypt and the longest fiber staple in the world.  This means less linting, more durability, more luster and a softer feel, frequently used to make sheets and other bedding materials due to its softness and high quality.
  • European Sham (also known as Euro Sham, Eurosham, European Pillow Sham) - A large pillow case used as an accent in bedding sets; usually contains additional fabric surrounding the standard pillow case and commonly included as a part of bedding/ comforter sets.
  • Feather Bed - Feather –filled sacks made to fit under or on top of the fitted sheet
  • Fill - The material used to stuff items such as comforters or pillows.  Natural down and man-made synthetics are examples of fill materials.
  • Fill Power - A measure of how many cubic inches one ounce of down will loft and expand to fill an empty space.  Fill power usually ranges from 500 to 800 cubic inches, with 625 or greater considered excellent.  A higher fill power means that the down will loft more, insulate better and provide greater warmth and comfort.
  • Fitted Sheet – A sheet with pockets at each of the four corners and an elastic band around the sheet, made to fit the mattress.
  • Flat Sheet – A sheet that is hemmed on four sides usually with a larger hem or cuff at the top of the sheet.
  • Loft - Measured by fill power and is the ability of down to fill an empty space.
  • Neckroll Pillow - A small, oblong accent pillow commonly found in bedding/ comforter sets.
  • Percale – Smooth fabric: a smooth-textured closely woven cotton or polyester fabric used for bedsheets and clothing.  It sometimes has a glazed finish.
  • Quilt - Created by placing a layer of cotton or some other fill between two layers of fabric.  Held in place by stitching or sealing in a regular, consistent, all-over pattern.
  • Sateen Weave - A weave structure having single vertical threads woven over four to eight horizontal threads and under one horizontal thread.  This weaving method gives the fabric a smooth finish and shows off shiny threads.
  • Satin Weave - A basic weave, characterized by long floats of yarn on the face of the fabric.  The yarns are interlaced in such a manner that there is no definite, visible pattern of interlacing and, in this manner; a smooth and somewhat shiny surface effect is achieved.
  • Sham (also known as Pillow Sham or Standard Sham) - The fabric used to form an encasement to a pillow, traditionally known as a pillow case (pillowcase). 
  • Thread Count - Measured by counting the number of threads per inch in the woven fabric in both directions of the weave (these directions are referred to as warp and weft).  Generally, the higher the thread count, the silkier and lighter the sheets. 
  • Top of the Bed – This is an industry term that refers to all textiles used to cover the mattress – from the sheets to the pillows and comforter/duvet.
  • Tri Pillow Pack - A pillow combination consisting of three decorative pillows.

 

Now that you’ve got the key terms under your belt, you can understand the different commonly packaged options available for purchasing your bedding.   Here are the options frequently available:  

 

  • Sheet Sets – Available in 300, 500, and 1,000 Thread Count sets – it is critical to understand the relationship between price and thread count before purchasing.  To learn more, read our article on sheet sets, or view sheet sets at a featured online retailer.
  • Comforter Sets – Contains a comforter and some bedding pieces.  Online manufacturers sometimes break them into the three following categories.

          Ensemble Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, and standard shams

          Deluxe Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, standard shams, and tri pillow pack

          Super Pack – Comforter, bed skirt, standard shams, tri pillow pack, and pre-filled  Euro pillows

  • Luxury Bed in a Bag – More luxurious than standard comforter sets, includes a comforter, a complete sheet set, and standard shams.  Matching Duvet Covers and Euro Shams are also available.
  • Daybed Bedding – Bedding specifically designed for us with daybeds.  Daybed bedding sets typically include a comforter, bed skirt, and two king-size shams.  Pair with twin sized sheets set for a complete bedding set.
  • Futon Covers – Fabric covers designed to completely cover the mattress used on futons.  Futon cover sets typically come with the cover and two coordinating color accent pillows.

Different retailers will package bedding in different ways.  Good online furniture retailers put together sets based on what consumers buy most frequently.  Your personal preference will depend on what thread counts you prefer – will you pay more for a softer feel? – and how you like to ‘dress’ your bed.

 

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Types of Fabric

2/5/2014 9:10 AM

Cotton
Cotton is the world’s most important raw material for textiles. The cotton fibre can absorb more than 20% of its net weight without feeling moist. The good washability makes cotton the most popular base material for bedware.

Mako-Cotton
Egyptian Mako-Cotton is the highest-grade cotton quality. The long, fine single fibres are the basic requirement for particularly lightweight, shiny fabrics.

Mako-Cotton Cambric
Super light cotton fabric. Especially suitable for high-grade down-comforters and cashmere-quilts. This quality is particularly light.

Mako-Cotton Satin
Magnificently soft-flowing fabric, whith a shiny look due to its special kind of binding. This quality of fabric is the perfect underground for extravagant and highly detailed printed designs.

Twine-Jersey
A jersey sheet a class of its own – a mat shine and non-iron quality. All round elastic and hollow seam workmanship are as much a matter of course as a broad palette of colours and special-size-service.

Lyocell
Pure wood in a different form. Lyocell is made of pure pulp. Its features are optimal climate regulation and smoothness.

Feathers and Downs
Nature gave geese and ducks a coat of feathers as a perfect protection against the cold and wet. Goose downs as the lightest and cosiest natural filling material are the perfect padding for down-comforters.

Down-comforters
Down comforters are light quilts, whose upper and lower inlets are sewed together in checks. The bulging pockets store body heat. Excess heat can emit through the backstitched seams.

Coffer-down-comforters
Fluffy, thick down comforters, whose upper and lower inlet are connected with full-length bridges. About 3-4 cm high bridges give the coffer-down-comforter a constant, pleasant warmth and improve cosiness.

Cashmere
The name “Cashmere“ itself is synonymous for luxury. The unique soft and climate regulating wool is harvested manually by combing free-living cashmere goats.

New Wool
New wool is another important natural raw material for textiles. The Merino wool used for quilts has a very high billowing power and is very soft. With a natural content of about 0,5% Lanolin oil, it is even self-cleaning.

We will be glad to be of assistance with further questions and details.

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Is a duvet cover a comforter?

5/24/2013 8:55 AM

I often get the question, 'is duvet cover a comforter?’ Or, 'what's the difference between a duvet cover and a comforter?'
Short answer is, 'no, a duvet cover is not a comforter'. 
duvet cover is an envelope that is used for covering a comforter for whole bunch of reason. Including the fact that, it keeps the comforter clean. Also because duvet covers are relatively inexpensive and come in variety of colors, designs and patterns. Therefore, it’s very easy to change them, wash them and match them according to your mood, walls, drapes, or even the carpet. 
That said, what’s the difference between the two? 
It’s very easy to remember, one is filled with soft down and offers warmth and comfort - thus the word comforter. The other one covers the comforter and therefore, called duvet cover. 

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7 Spring Cleaning Tips

3/18/2013 10:00 AM

Spring is almost upon us. Here are some spring cleaning tips. 

-          Organize Closets: Store your winter clothes and get rid of unused items.

-          Silverware: Clean the silverware in your kitchen.

-          Let the Air Pass: Open your bedroom, kitchen and living room windows while you are cleaning.

-          Switch Bedding: To create a spring like moon, change your bedding, linen, towels.

-          Clean your carpet.

-          Remove Stains: Remove stains from the painted walls, counter tops and appliances.

-          Organize Bookshelves: Remove dust from your bookshelves and organize the books either size and subject. 

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