July 11, 2007
D-G, What is Damask Sheets Sets & Factors of Durability/Life of Bedding? Luxury Home Bedding Definitions of Materials, Fabrics, Fibers for Sheets Sets, Duvet Sets, Bed Blankets, Pillowcases, Shams, Bedskirts, Beds & Mattresses for Sizes Queen, King, California King, Full, Twin. By Venus Rising Limited Specialty Italian Bedding.
What is Damask Fabric : High in sheen and extremely glossy, a very soft jacquard fabric comprised of Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Linen, Rayon, Silk or Egyptian Cotton blends. Patterns may be either flat and one-sided, or entirely reversible. Damask is an elegant fabric, with Egyptian Cotton Damasks being amongst the most stunning and creating some of the most exquisite Fine Bed Linens and Home Bedding. Damask fabrics can be found in Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Shams, fabrics for Comforters and Comforter Sets, Tablecloths, Napkins, Drapes and Home Furnishings including Furniture Upholstery and Slipcovers for Sofas, Loveseats, Couches, Recliners and Lounge Chairs.
What is Denier : A weight measurement system used to measure weight of a single, continuous filament fiber. In the United States, denier measurement refers to all manufactured fibers of filament or cottons such as Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, luxury cottons or Silk. Finer fibers are reflected in a lower number, while the heaviest numbers denote the heaviest fibers. A denier is equivalent to the weight in grams of 9,000 meters of continuous filament fiber. Refers to measurement of fabric used to construct Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Cashmere Wool Bed Blankets, Cashmere Wool Throws and Throw Blankets, Silk Blankets, Silk Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Quilts, Coverlets and Coverlet sets, fabric for Accessory Bed Pillows, Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Bathrobes or Mens and Womens Cotton or Silk Lounge Robes. Common fabric compositions include bedding or fine linens made of Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Silk or Cotton blends.
What is Dobby Weave Fabric : A stunning, decorative weave characterized by small figures that are typically geometric in nature and are woven into the fabric structure. Dobby weaves can consist of any weight or compactness, with yarns ranging from very extremely fine to coarser. The finest dobby fabrics are usually flat, extremely fine or sheer. Heavier dobby fabrics are available for home furnishings or accessories, most often found for furniture exteriors. Most Fine dobby weave fabrics for luxury bedding inclusive of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts, Drapes or Curtains, Valances, Comforters or Comforter Sets. One of the most popular uses of dobby fabrics is in the exterior fabric of luxury Goose Down Comforters.
What is Doeskin Fabric : A style or type of fabric finish in which a very low nap is brushed in a single direction, to achieve a very soft and suede-like surface feel and hand. Usually excellent in drape and extremely soft to the touch. Range of use for doeskin in Fine Linens and Luxury Bedding Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Coverlets and Coverlet Sets, Throws and Throw Blankets, fabric for Bed Spreads and Bedspread Sets, Specialty Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bed Pillow Shams, Coverlets and Coverlet sets and even as the exterior for Mens and Womens Lounge/Spa or After-Bath Robes.
What is Dotted Swiss Fabric : A lightweight, sheer Pure Cotton or cotton blend fabric which possesses a small dotted pattern that is either woven into or printed on the fabric surface. The finest Dotted Swiss patterns or similar are woven rather than printed, often found in European fine linens or bedding such as those Made in Italy, Germany or Switzerland. Fine Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton adds an elegance and softness that is unmatched, as well as a crisp and clean look to the Bedroom. For Luxury Linens comprised of Egyptian Cotton or Pima Cotton, Dotted Swiss can be found in Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Pillow Shams, Curtains and Nursery Bedding or Luxury Linens for Babies, Kids and Toddlers.
What is Double Cloth Construction : Fabric construction in which two fabrics are actually woven on the loom concurrently, one on top of the other. For the weaving process, the two layers are held together through use of binder threads. The woven patterns of each fabric layer may be similar or entirely different from one another. Heavier Duvet Sets or Comforter Covers often use this type of construction for durability. Particularly useful and stunning in production of luxury bedding or fine linens such as Merino Wool Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets, or Wool Bed Blanket fabric blends, Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets where additional warmth is produced.
What is Double Knit Fabric : A weft knit fabric in which two layers of loops are formed that cannot be separated. A double knit machine, which has two complete sets of needles, is required for construction.
What is Double Weave Fabric : A woven fabric construction made by interlacing two or more sets of warp yarns with two or more sets of filling yarns. The most common double weave fabrics are made using a total of either four or five sets of yarns.
What is Durability : The ability of a fabric to resist wear while maintaining its good looks and integrity even through continuous or frequent use and laundering. Durability is crucial in creation of the finest luxury linens inclusive of Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts, Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Quilts, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets. Durability is also extremely crucial for those Bedding items which are frequently pulled or tugged such as Bed Blankets. The best fabrics, most tightly-woven and made from the finest fibers are the most durable. Examples include Italian Bed and Throw Blankets such as Merino Wool Blankets, Mongolian Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets and Wool or Cashmere Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets. The finest bed linens are designed to last years, or even generations, and durability is essential. Durability is increased when only the finest fibers and materials are used in the looming process for Sheets or Blankets, and it is extremely important that inadequate or cheaper fibers are disposed of and not including in the manufacturing process.
What is Elasticity : Ability of a fiber or bedding fabric to return to its original length, shape or size immediately following removal of the stressor. Well-made Luxury Bed Linens comprised of Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton fibers, or other natural fibers such as Pure Silk, will retain natural elasticity that allows the Cotton or Silk fibers to essentially "rebound" from the stress with breaking or tearing.
What is Embossing : A type of calendaring in which fabrics are engraved through use of heated rollers, under pressure, to produce a raised design on surface of the fabric. Luxury linen use includes Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Bedskirts, Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets.
What is Embroidery : An embellishment of a fabric or garment in which colored threads are sewn on to the fabric to create a design. Embroidery may be done either by hand or machine. Fine linens that may be embroidered include Luxury Linens made of Silk, Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton or Cotton blends and made into Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts, Coverlet Sets, Coverlets, Comforters and Comforter Sets, Quilts, Bedspreads and Bed Spread Sets, Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Cashmere Blankets, Silk Blankets, Camel Hair Blankets, Wool Bed Blanket fabric blends, Luxury Throws and Throw Blankets.
What is Fabric Face : The intended correct side, or best-looking side of the fabric. This applies to all fabrics and is especially pertinent to Luxury Linens such as Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvet Covers and Comforter Covers. For extremely high-end Sheet Sets and Duvet Covers, face holds less importance with fine jacquard weaves, as both sides of the fabric are virtually identical. In terms of Luxury Bed Blankets and Luxury Throws made of natural fibers such as Wool, Cashmere or Silk, both sides of the fabric are the same in terms of good looks and face is therefore less relevant.
What is Faille Fabric : A glossy, soft, finely-ribbed silk-like woven fabric made from Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Silk or manufactured fibers.
What is Fiber : The single-most basic entity, which can be either natural or manufactured, that is twisted into yarns to be used in the production of a fabric. The best fibers for luxury bed linens include Pure Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Pure Cotton or Silk for Sheet Sets, Sheets, Duvets, Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Shams, Coverlets, Coverlet Sets, Bedskirts and Quilts. The most supreme natural fibers for bedding such as luxury blankets include Superfine Merino Pure Wool Bed Blankets, New Wool Bed Blankets, Silk Bed Blankets, Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Wool Blend Bed Blankets, Superfine Merino Pure Wool Throws, New Wool Throws, Silk Throws, Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws, Cashmere and Wool Blend Luxury Throws. For durability, natural fibers such as Egyptian Cotton, Pima Cotton, Silk, Pure Cotton or natural blends are combined with resilient manufactured fibers such as polyester in order to increase durability. Common examples of natural cotton fibers combined with use of manufactured fibers like polyester include production of luxury Bedspread Sets, Comforters, Comforter Sets, Shams, Luxury Throws, Faux Fur Bedspreads, Faux Fur Throws, Faux Fur Rugs, Faux Fur Throw Blankets and Throw Pillows.
What is Fiberfill Fibers : Specially engineered and manufactured fibers which are used as filler material in Mattresses, Mattress Pads, Down Comforters, Bed Pillows, Comforters or Comforter Sets, Throw Pillows, Filled Luxury Throws, Filled Luxury Throw Blankets, Quilts, Certain Bedspreads or Spread Sets and Bedding. Fiberfill is of special importance to Allergy Sufferers whom are allergic to natural materials such as Goose Down, Duck Down, Noble fibers such as Cashmere, Wools and other materials which can induce allergic symptoms in those prone to allergies. Fiberfill Bed Pillows and Fiberfill Comforters made with synthetic materials are a fantastic alternative to Goose Down Comforters and Pillows, because the Fiberfill causes no allergic reaction.
What is Filament : A manufactured, continuous fiber of indefinite length that is extruded from the spinneret during the fiber production process.
What is Filling : In a woven fabric, those yarns which run across the fabric from selvage to selvage, and which run perpendicular to the warp or lengthwise yarns. Filling is also referred to as the weft. Filling, or weft, is an important calculation or number in production of the finest Pure Cotton or Pure Silk or Egyptian Cotton Bed Linens inclusive of Luxury Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets, Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Sets and Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams and Bedskirts.
What is Finished Fabric : Refers to fabric that has completed all of the necessary finishing processes including carding and combing, and is ready to be used in the manufacturing of Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets, Comforter Covers, Pillowcases, Shams and other fine bed linens. Often rolled into bolts prior to the construction process. Finished fabric for the best luxury bedding inclusive of specialty sets such as Italian Pure Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets or Duvet Sets Made in Italy are often pre-laundered in an additional step, to minimize any possible shrinkage prior to cutting and construction. Also applies to Wools such as Superfine Australian Merino Wool, Pure Cashmere, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blends or Silk and Merino Wool Blends that are finished prior to construction. The finished fabric is then cut and sewn into Superfine Australian Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Superfine Australian Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, or Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Flame Resistant or Flame Resistance : Used to describe a fabric that burns slowly or has the ability to self-extinguish upon absence or removal of external flame. Wools and Noble fibers such as Pure Cashmere Wool, Superfine Australian Merino Wools or blends that contain Wool such as Cashmere and Merino Wool blends or Silk and Merino Wool blends are naturally very flame-resistant. Examples of some of the highest flame-resistant bedding include Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy, Italian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Superfine Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, Mongolian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, or Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.
What is Flame Retardant or Flame Retardance : A chemical applied to a fabric, or incorporated into the fiber during fabric production, which significantly reduces a fabric's flammability factor. Naturally flame-resistant luxury bedding such as Italian Superfine Merino Wool Bed Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Bed Blankets Made in Italy, Italian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Bed Blankets, Italian Superfine Merino Wool Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets, Mongolian Pure Cashmere Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, Mongolian Cashmere and Superfine Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets Made in Italy, or Italian Silk and Merino Wool blended Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets do not require addition of flame retardant. Such Wools are flame-resistant by nature and do not require additional chemical application.
What is Cotton or Wool Flannel Fabric : A medium-weight, plain or twill weave fabric that is most highly-valued when made from Egyptian Cotton, Pure Cotton, Cotton Blend or Wool. Though flannel in the U.S. is often thought of as a less expensive sheet set, good European or Italian sheets are exquisite in nature with some of the softest surfaces available, particularly when made from fine Egyptian Cotton. Flannel fabric, particularly luxury weights or ultra-luxury weights for bedding such as 5.5oz or 6oz, are rare in the U.S. and extremely hard to find. Flannel has a very soft hand, smooth drape, extremely soft feel and is brushed on both sides in order to lift the fiber ends from the base fabric. Doing so creates an extremely soft, fuzzy surface that offers extremely high heat-retention from the natural Cotton fabric. The heaviest ounce-weights such as 6-oz, are superior, offering the highest level of warmth. Flannel is produced both domestically and abroad, with European flannels, such as those Made in Italy, being amongst the absolute finest flannels in luxury bedding. Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Duvets and Comforter Covers.
What is Cotton or Wool Flannelette : A medium-weight, plain weave fabric that offers a soft hand, usually made from a form of Cotton, either Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton. Flannelette is typically brushed only on one side rather than two sides like Flannel. It is also lighter in weight than Flannel fabrics. When possible, Flannel Sheet Sets and Duvet Sets are superior to Flannelette as they offer a far higher level of warmth in bedding. In luxury bedding, Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Shams, Duvets and Comforter Covers are typical fine linens produced.
What is Flax Plant: The plant from which cellulosic linen fiber is obtained. Advantages of linen fabric include characteristics of naturally staying cool, drying quickly and wicking away moisture such as perspiration. Linen is superior in warm climates for use in fine linens and bedding. It offers fantastic absorption with fast drying capabilities and can be used alone, or combined with other natural fibers such as Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton to enhance softness and drape. Linen is particularly common in luxury bedding and fine linens produced in European countries such as Italy and France, due to its coolness and drying capabilities. Some bedding is imported into the U.S. and includes fine linens such as Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets, Duvet Covers, Comforter Covers, Shams, Bedskirts, Drapes, Tablecloths, Bath Towels, Kitchen Towels, Hand Towels and even Furniture Upholstery or home accessories such as Slipcovers for Sofas, Loveseats and Couches.
What is Foulard Fabric : A lightweight twill fabric that is comprised of filament yarns from materials such as Pure Silk, Acetate or Polyester. Foulard fabrics include a small, all-over print pattern on a solid background, often used in Home Furnishings, Home Accessories or Bedding including Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams and Bed Skirts.
What is Gabardine Wool Fabric : A tightly woven, twilled, worsted fabric with a slight diagonal line on the right side. Wool gabardine is best known as a year-round fabric that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, popular for mens’ and womens’ business suits or garments. Gabardine is occasionally found in high-end Home Furnishings such as Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets. Pure Cotton, Rayon, Polyester or Cotton Blends may also be used in place of Wools for making gabardine.
What is Guage : A measurement most commonly associated with knitting equipment. Refers to the number of needles per inch in a knitting machine. In machines used to create Luxury Bedding and Fine Linens, Bed Blankets, Throws,Throw Blankets and sweaters, however, the number of needles per 1.5 inches is indicative of the gauge.
What is Gauze Fabric : A very thin and sheer plain-weave fabric made from Pure Cotton, Pure Wool, Pure Silk, Rayon or manufactured fibers. Gauze is a fabric often used in the Home Furnishings arena, inclusive of Bed or Bedroom accessories including Accessory Throw Pillows, Curtains, and occasionally incorporated into Luxury Bed Linens such as Duvet Covers, Sheets and Sheet Sets.
What is Gingham Cotton Fabric : A plain weave fabric that is medium in weight and consists of the appearance of a plaid or check pattern. Ginghams may vary in size, in terms of pattern. Considered a traditional classic, gingham fabrics are most often seen in bedding such as Pure Cotton or Egyptian Cotton Sheets, Sheet Sets, Pillowcases, Egyptian Cotton Duvets and Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Pillow Shams, Curtains or Bedskirts.
What is Greige Goods or Grey Goods : An unfinished fabric that has just been removed from a knitting machine, or from a loom. Also known as "grey goods." Greige goods have not experienced any finishing process such as carding or combing, or any of the other necessary finishing processes involved for producing Luxury Sheets, Sheet Sets, Duvets or Duvet Sets, Comforter Covers, Bed Blankets, Luxury Throws or Throw Blankets.