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Buyer's Guide

Bedding is a comfort and a joy! At Cottage Style Living we choose only the finest in bedding and bedding accessories. So you can rest assure that when you shop at Cottage Style Living you are buying quality and comfort.

What is the difference between a comforter, duvet and a duvet cover?

A comforter is composed of an outer shell of fabric sewn over filling (usually down, cotton, or polyester). A duvet cover is essentially a shell which is open at one end that can be put over an insert such as a duvet or comforter. It usually buttons, snaps or ties to enclose the insert. The duvet cover can be easily removed for cleaning or for a change of decor. Duvets are the insert that go inside a cover usually made of down, cotton, or polyester.

Bedding & Linen Terminology

To help you in your search for style and comfort here are a few facts about bedding that may help you along the way.

Thread count : is the amount of threads lengthwise (warp) and width wise (weft) woven into one square inch fo fabric. the thread count of "standard" cotton is around 150; good quality sheets start at 180 thread count; and a count of 200 and higher considered percale. Thread count also has to do with the yarn construction and quality of the yarn. With finer threads more can be woven into each square inch, producing a finer fabric.

Fiber : the fiber used is extremely important. Thread count means nothing if you are using an inferior grade of cotton or a twisted thread. Softness depends more on quality of the fiber.

Egyptian cotton : Acknowledged as the best quality and the longest fibers. The longer the fibers or staples the better the cotton.

Combed cotton : Longer staples can be combed finer to remove more small fibers, allowing the cotton to be spun into a finer-textured thread making it stronger, softer and more lustrous fabric.

Damask : Fabric of silk, wool, linen, cotton, or man made fibers with a pattern formed by the weaving. the ground may be in twill weave, and the contrasting design in satin. True damask are flat and reversible. Splendid patterns, silks, and dyes were used by the Damascus weavers, sometimes with the addition of gold or silver thread.

Rug Terminology

Flannel Flannel rugs are hand tufted, sheared and brushed to give them a soft velvety touch.

Loop Pile Loop pile rugs are first petite hand hooked and hand crafted through a canvas and then reinforced with another canvas backing for lasting durability. May be made in yarns of Cloth, Cotton, Wool or Acrylic.

Micro Loop Pile Micro Loop pile rugs are first micro hand hooked and hand crafted in a needle weave of micro loops through a canvas to create intricate details and then reinforced with another canvas backing for lasting durability. May be made of Cotton or Wool.

Tufted Tufted rugs are hand gun tufted, sheared then brushed to give them a soft texture. The elements may be carved depending on the design, with the end result in an extremely plush and beautiful product. May be made of Cotton, Wool, Art. Silk or Acrylic.

Micro Tufted Micro tufted rugs are first hand hooked and hand crafted through a canvas using a fine needle weave of micro loops then sheared and brushed to create soft, rich patterns and then reinforced with another canvas backing for lasting durability. These magnificent patterns offer a rich unique look with incredible intricacy along with the long lasting durability of Wool.

Tufted Loop Tufted Loop pile is first hand and gun tufted using a thicker needle through a canvas backing creating a thick, dense loop to achieve a full bodied character and then reinforced with another canvas backing for lasting durability. May be made of Cotton or Wool.

Loop Pile & Tufted Loop pile & tufted rugs are perfect example of excellent craftsmanship. The combination of loop pile and tufting creates an inlaid pattern of different textures. May also be created in Hi/Low construction for added detail and feel. This rug construction is perfectly exhibited in combinations of Wool/Art. Silk, Cotton /Wool or Cotton/Silk.

Classic Natural Jute Classic natural jute rugs are made of 100% natural jute fiber. Each rug is hand loomed and hand printed using as many as 25 stencils to capture the intricate detail of each design in a softer yet durable quality.

Flat weave This simple construction is made of vertical and horizontal fibers that are alternately woven together

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