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Glossary

binding decorative trim (edging/ piping) on the fold-down portion of a flat sheet or pillowcase

comforter

type of, usually, thick quilt, also referred to as a duvet, filled with natural (e.g. down) or synthetic (e.g. polyester) insulation material and generally rectangular in shape

comforter cover

large cover with flap, button or zip closure, protects your comforter.Also refferred to as a duvet cover.

cuff

contrasting band or border at the edge of a pillowcase or top sheet

duvet

type of, usually, thick quilt, also referred to as a comforter, filled with natural (e.g. down) or synthetic (e.g. polyester) insulation material and generally rectangular in shape

duvet cover

large cover /fabric bag/ envelope with flap, button or zip closure, protects your duvet

duvet cover set

our sets contain one duvet cover and 1 or 2 pillowcases

housewife pillowcase

standard style, removable pillowcover with an opening on one side. Our pillowcases have a flap inside to hold pillows in place/ prevent pillows from sliding out, no edging, no border

oxford pillowcase

pillowcase with flange of about 5 cm at 3 or 4 sides for more luxury

cuffed flat sheet

sheet with (usually contrasting) band/ border

European pillowcase

a large, square pillow, cushion or pillowcase measuring 65 x 65cm, often referred to as a 'Euro'. It is most often placed directly on the headboard and behind the standard pillows for decoration and comfort.

fitted sheet

bottom sheet with elastic for a perfect, tight fit. Quality fitted sheets, like our fitted sheets, have elastic all the way around. 

flange

decorative band of straight fabric of about 5 cm at three or four sides of a pillowcase or pillow sham, creating a tailored look.

flat sheet 

top sheet, usually tucked around the mattress at the sides and bottom. Sometimes they are also used as bottom sheet.

hem   

the overlocked edge of a piece of cloth (e.g. a plain flat sheet)

king pillow

larger size pillow (appr. 50 x 90 cm)

mattress pad 

protects the mattress, adds extra cushioning and support.

mattress protector

They go over the mattress and under the fitted sheet and come in a variety of thicknesses. When ordering a fitted/ bottom sheet, don't forget to also take into account the thickness of your matress pad.

percale 

a densely woven fabric with a thread count of at least 180. The term percale refers to the weave of the fabric and has nothing to do with the materials used; percale can be 100% cotton, 50% polyester and 50% cotton, or any other blend. A percale weave is noticeably tighter compared to the standard type of weave used for bed sheets. Percale is one of the best, high quality sheeting available.

pillow protector 

plain, removable cover used underneath a pillowcase. Made of a durable, thick fabric, usually zippered. It protects your pillow from dust, dirt and body oils.

pillowcase 

our pillowcases are removable covers with an opening on one side. They have a flap inside to hold pillows in place. The edging of all our pillowcases is embroidered around the opening with a stitch (filled with a narrow corded centre) in contrasting colour to the fabric. Our baby and toddler pillowcases have a contrasting border of about 7 cm/ 2.8 inch.

pillow sham

decorative pillow cover with a slit in the back to insert a pillow. They are frequently/ usually ruffled or flanged around all four edges. Shams are used as extra pillows on beds

piping

decorative slim band of folded fabric, usually used to trim seams or edges. It can be filled with a narrow corded centre, but is usually unfilled for sheet headers or other trimming effects.

sheet set

set containing fitted (bottom) sheet, flat (top) sheet and 1 or 2 pillowcases

shrinkage

the contraction of a fibre, yarn or fabric after washing and drying. Most products made of natural fibres will shrink 2-6%. Therefore bed linen is made oversized to allow this shrinkage to occur and the bedding to fit perfectly after the first wash. Measurements given have a +/- 1" tolerance

swatch

sample, piece of fabric

thread count

the actual number of threads going in either direction in one square cm of fabric For marketing purposes, it is not uncommon to count twisted yarn as double and, for example, describe fabric with 250 individual four-ply yarns in a square cm as a 1,000 thread count product. The softness of a fabric depends more on the quality of the fibre. A 200 thread count fabric can have a softer feel than a 400 thread count fabric.

 

 
 
 
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