How to Select 100 Percent Silk Quilts, Bedspreads, and Coverlets
Your bedroom is a place of rest and rejuvenation after a long day of hard work. Luxury quilts, bedspreads, and coverlets are a perfect addition to your collection. Coverlets and quilts come in various textures, designs and sizes to match your decor. Here are a few things you need to consider during shopping.
What are silk quilts and coverlets?
Quilts are bed coverings often used as duvets, also commonly referred to as comforters, blankets or duvets. They are made of 100 percent silk floss and come in two types. One with silk cover/case sham and the other is the cotton case. The most significant difference is their cover sham; otherwise, they are both filled with 100 percent silk. You can enjoy silk benefits in either of them.
Coverlets are of the highest quality and texture. They are cozy and a perfect addition to your bedspreads. You can use it as a quilt, a throw or a stylish decorative accent.
Bedspreads look fantastic and feel fantastic and come with two pillowcases each.
What are the different types of silk and how do they compare in quality?
When shopping for quilted coverlets and quilted bedspreads, it is important to know different types available and their quality. They are machine quilted for durability.
Here are the different kinds of silk.
- Charmeuse silk-This type is lightweight with a natural elasticity, making it an ideal fabric for bedsheets, pillowcases, and other forms of bedding. The front of the material has a satin sheen while the back comes in a dull finish. Even though it is heavier than other silks, it drapes beautifully on your bed.
- Mulberry silk-The highest quality and most sought after for beddings. The silkworms are carefully bred with a strict diet of mulberry leaves for a quality end product. Mulberry is the most elegant silk available.
- Tussah silk-The type of silk made from wild silkworms which are not bred at all. Since the worms are not bred in a protected environment and fed on a strict diet, the silk is not as soft and durable as the Charmeuse and Mulberry Silk.
- Habotai silk-The Habotai is a fine silk commonly used in making bedding and scarves. It is less expensive and less durable compared to Charmeuse Silk and Mulberry Silk.
- Duppoini silk-It is lustrous and robust, but not ideal for beddings. It can be used for duvets, but because of its quality, it does not work as well to maintain the temperatures. It is lower quality is because it is made from irregular shells made of different quality you would find in charmeuse silk.
How do you clean silk quilted coverlets and silk bedspreads?
Silk coverlets simply require less cleaning compared to traditional quilts. In fact, all they need to air every few months on the balcony or the line. The airing rejuvenates the silk inside and dries out any trapped moisture. You can always spot clean, but for a full cleaning, you need a professional to clean. The silk inside is susceptible to high heat generated in washing machines.
Why should you buy silk bedding over other fabrics?
Silk is a good choice for its quality and warmth along with other features, including:
- It is excellent for all climates, be it cold winter nights or hot summers. You can sleep in silk and feel incredibly feel comfortable.
- It is incredibly smooth and feels great on your skin.
- Naturally hypoallergenic features allow it to resist fungus, dust, and mold.
- It's natural and long-lasting.
Silk outlasts other natural fabrics. You don't have to purchase new beddings each season. A collection of king size silk quilt and coverlet sets will last you for quite some time.