From threadcounts to easy iron we take the hastle out of buying bed linen.

is an ultra soft cotton fabric where the fibers are specially treated before they are spun in yarn. Perfect for luxury towels.

for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin, avoid bedlinen labeled ‘easy iron’ as it’s been mixed with polyester or its fibres have been coated in a solution to make them lie flat.

considered the best cotton on the market (this is where cotton was first invented, its name developing from the Arabic word ‘Qutun’ or ‘Kuton’); its longer fibres are spun to yield a softer yarn, making it ideal for use in quality fabrics with a high thread count.

a medium-weight fabric woven from cotton or wool, brushed on both sides to lift the fibre to create a soft, tactile texture.

made from highly absorbent flax fibre, linen sheets are coveted for breathability (linen is particularly good at absorbing moisture away from the body and allowing it to evaporate quickly). For an eco alternative, linen can now also be made from hemp.

refers to a fabric with a closely woven plain weave, with a high thread count (at least 180).

high quality satins are woven from silk (glossy on one side, matt on the reverse); less high quality satins/sateens are woven from cotton or polyester mixes (best left for throws, quilts and dress pillows rather than everyday bedlinen)

is a fabric with a high absorbency attained by a looped pile, it is perfect for towels and robes.

refers to the number of threads per inch of fabric – so the higher the threadcount, the more thickly woven and softer the fabric will be. Always look for a threadcount of at least 180 in cotton and 120 in linen.

poplin and damask are all terms simply refer to different woven finishes, usually woven from cotton and ideal for lending texture to dressing a bed rather than as everyday bedlinen.

Dotmaison has a huge range of  designer bedding for you to chose from. From Orla Kiely to Descamps you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for.

June 25th, 2009

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