Sunday 21 February 2016

Luxury Bed Linen

Your bedroom should be a place of retreat, rest, refuge, love and relaxation, and the starting point to a beautiful bedroom is reputable quality bed linen. You should go for exceptional quality bed linens made from the highest-quality yarn: yarns that look, launder and wear exceptionally well.

Pratesi Marrakesh applique
Craftsmanship and specialist finishing of this high-quality yarn is very important to how a bed linen looks and feels. Thread count is the number of threads per square inch of fabric - it tells you how closely woven the fabric is. A high thread count of premium quality yarn finished expertly will produce superb quality luxury bed linen. Although it would be worth taking note that high thread count with low quality yarn will produce low-quality bed linen. Thread count isn't an indication of quality anymore. Unless it's an amazing and very expensive fabric, a high thread count is just a numbers game: many companies cheat the numbers with double twist yarns in a cheaper fabric.

Gingerlily Bedding

The material used is also important. Cotton both traps heat and lets cool air pass through in summer, so it’s a great choice for almost any climate. Egyptian and Pima are the gold standard. 100% Egyptian is the most expensive and has extra-long staple fibres that produce sumptuous, yet extremely durable sheets. Pima or Supima cotton is a medium-to-extra-long staple fibres material, known for its softness and sheen and is a little more affordable than Egyptian cotton. Some growers use the term “Egyptian cotton” loosely, however — true Egyptian cotton is grown and processed according to specific stipulations. Be sure you’re purchasing from a reputable manufacturer. Cotton is still the most popular sheeting fabric, due to its durability, comfort and breathability.

Frette Bedding

Silk is famously the most luxurious and expensive material in the world and lasts for decades if properly cared for. Silk bedlinen is real indulgence and a romantic touch for any bedroom. Silk is naturally breathable and wicks moisture away from your body at night, leaving you cool and fresh. It feels wonderful against your skin, and it looks luxurious on the bed. For those suffering from Eczema and dry skin, silk bedlinen is the answer. Silk helps the skin reabsorb moisture through the natural occurring amino acids within it.
Silk also regulates the body temperature which results in a more pleasant sleep because our body temperature is kept at a more constant temperature throughout the night. Silk is a natural protein and therefore repels mold, dust mites and fungi which can trigger allergic reactions such as asthma, eczema and rhinitis. It makes it a perfect choice for people suffering from allergies.

Gingerlily Bedding

Silk pillows increase longevity of hairstyles and prevent hair breakage and aid in keeping facial skin healthy and youthful. Silk bedding is extremely durable and can last up to 15 to 20 years. Silk bedding help osteoarthritis because they drape and mould around the body eliminating single points of pressure.
There are a number of luxury bedding manufacturers and we will look at three of these companies: Frette, Pratessi and Gingerlily.

Frette has, since its beginnings in the 1860s, supplied linens to luxury hotels around the world, like the Danieli in Venice, Ritz in Paris and Claridge's in London and were the official linen of choice to the Italian royal family too. Due to customer demand, the company eventually began opening its own retail boutiques, and now offers both off-the-shelf ranges and tailor-made linens to clients worldwide. Theirs is a couture level of bedding.
Frette’s Italian-made bedlinens are renowned for their elegant designs and premium craftsmanship. Using selected cotton staples to weave a smooth, durable yarn, Frette’s traditional process results in a silky appearance and decidedly luxurious feel.

Frette Bedding

The Pratesi family opened their first Pratesi store in 1946 in Italy. Pratesi is what dreams are made of...cotton, linen, cashmere and silk into which one sinks luxuriously. Pratesi has dressed the homes of the world's elite-from kings and queens to legendary authors, poets, painters, composers, heads of state, the rich & famous, screen stars and international celebrities. Pratesi is known for its distinctive chain embroidery.  
The pratesi collection includes the Paradise line, Baby Pratesi line, Resort line, Classic line, Seasonal line and Wool and Cashmere line.

Pratesi cashmere blanket

Gingerlily was established in 2004 with their first product being silk filled duvets which were so successful that more products quickly followed. The company rapidly expanded and Gingerlily products are now stocked throughout the world in leading department stores and independent retailers.
Gingerlily offer a complete bedding & bed linen range including silk filled duvets, pillows and mattress toppers and a range of silk bed linen, silk bed-spreads, 100% silk blankets and throws, cushions and a range of silk nightwear.
Gingerlily products are made using only the finest A grade long fibre mulberry silk. Mulberry silk is the highest quality silk you can purchase. It is made from silkworms that are raised in captivity under exacting conditions. It is also the most expensive type of silk.
Gingerlily’s luxury bed linen is wonderfully soft and seamless and ranges from delicate pastel hues and classic neutral tones to striking statement prints, all with a subtle sheen. Gingerlily offers beautiful bed linen for every bedroom.

Gingerlily Bedding

Photo credits: Harrods
Pratesi website
Frette website
Gingerlily website

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