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, describefabric 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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