Luxury Duvets and Comforters.
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A duvet is a type of bedding — a soft flat bag traditionally filled with down or feathers, or a combination of both and used on a bed as a blanket. Duvets originally came out of rural Europe and were made from the down feathers of the Eider duck, which is well known for its usefulness as an insulator.
Eiderdown is therefore used as a synonym of duvet, as is continental quilt.
Duvets are still commonly used in Europe (especially in northern Europe and Scandinavia where it is the most common form of bed covering), and have become popular throughout the world in the late twentieth century.
Duvets reduce the complexity of making a bed, as it is a single cover instead of the combination of two sheets, blankets, and quilts or other bed covers, which is traditional in many parts of the world. Ralli quilt is a kind of duvet which is traditionally used in the Indian subcontinent as the bed sheet and blanket. Beds equipped with duvets are usually covered first with a flat or fitted bed sheet and then afterwards with a covered duvet. The cover is called a "duvet cover" or a "quilt cover".
Nowadays, a duvet is sometimes filled with silk, wool, or artificial fibers (such as polyester batting or other
artificial material). It is also sometimes referred to as a comforter, although comforters are primarily decorative while duvets are used for their warmth.
In Australia it is called a "Doona", from a trademarked brand name derived from the Old Norse dunn meaning
"down feathers". Though still registered to the Tontine Company, the name "Doona" has become a generic term for a duvet or down quilt. Originally the term continental quilt was the standard name used across Australia; some regions of Australia still use this term today.
In Denmark and Norway it is called a dyne, which is pronounced similarly to the Australian name.
In the US, the duvet may refer to a comforter cover rather than the down blanket itself. This is how the term is used by several large retailers.
"For those of you enjoying a down comforter, or even just looking for a change for your bedroom, a duvet could be the perfect answer. Since you will be placing your comforter inside the duvet, it is important that the appropriate size be selected." Otherwise, you will find the comforter will slip around inside your duvet. After all, the objective is to have comfortable but also luxurious bedding.
A Comforter - is a bed covering filled with layers of material such as polyester, down, silk, wool and are normally quilted. The outer shells of comforters are typically made with fabrics such as polyester, cotton; Polly/cotton blends silk of varying thread counts. Comforter shells vary in design and color, often designed to coordinate with other luxurious bedding sets.
There are two main types of comforters: cotton comforters and down comforters. Your climate and the average temperature of your home will determine which comforter is the best for you.
Cotton comforters - with either all cotton or mixed synthetic fillers are very common and fairly inexpensive. They are of average warmth but should be avoided in damp and humid climates because humidity reduces the cotton's ability to retain warmth. They can be used alone or they can be dressed up with a fancy duvet or comforter cover. (Flannel will make the blanket a little warmer.) Often you will find bed-in-a-bag sets that include cotton comforters.
Down comforters - are luxurious and toasty. They can be overkill in warm climates, but in colder ones they are perfect and well worth the money. They are extremely warm, weigh relatively little for their size, and take up little space. Down comforters are labelled with fill power ratings of between 600 and 800. The higher the rating, the better the quality, and the warmer and longer-lasting your comforter will be. The Fill type dictates quality, price, and convenience.
The best fills are the purest:
Hungarian and Canadian goose down,
Duck feather down and duck feathers.
Beware that when a comforter is labelled 100% down, it is actually a maximum of 75-95% pure down.
Down alternative comforters are a cheaper option; they are filled with synthetic or natural materials that have insulating and warming properties similar to down.
Most bed comforters feature covers made of a variety of materials like silk, organic cotton, satin, or Egyptian cotton. Comforter covers should have a high thread count with closely packed fibers to prevent the down or wool filling from spilling out.