What’s In A Cover?
As Linus from the Peanuts cartoon can tell you, they’re a symbol of security. Native Americans use them in weddings to represent the bond between lovers. They also make a perfect gift when a baby is on the way.
Whether a throw, a comforter, or a quilt, you’re talking about something that wraps around you and keeps you warm … a blanket by any other name.
A throw, often made of cozy materials like fleece or chenille, is a small blanket that is great for one person or for cuddling with your sweetie on the couch. They also make nice accents to a room, draped over the bed or an easy chair.
A quilt conjures images of home and family – many have a cherished quilt made by grandma or a favorite aunt. A quilt is a thick embroidered blanket, usually stuffed with batting (soft filling) and with a cloth backside.
A comforter is as good as its name. Soft and fluffy, a good comforter is something that makes you look forward to going to bed at night and makes a book and a mug of hot chocolate in the winter a complete comfort experience.
When it comes to blankets, there are more types, designs, and styles than you can shake a stick at … but here are some of the most popular fabrics you might run across:
Cotton: Probably the most common and versatile fiber, cotton is in everything from your underwear to the swabs on your Q-Tips! High-quality cotton makes excellent sheets – the breathe-ability of the fabric allows heat and moisture to escape, keeping you cool and dry.
Damask: Made of cotton, linen, rayon, silk, or synthetic fibers, damask is cloth with intricate and detailed patterns woven in, usually raised slightly off the fabric to create a contrast. The term originally refers to silk fabrics from Damascus (the capital of Syria ), which were intricately woven with gold or metallic threads, and often had brilliant, colorful designs.
Jacquard: This cloth was named after the French inventor who designed the jacquard attachment, a tool that allows the designer to control each piece of yarn used in the fabric. In this style, rather than printing, patterns are woven directly into the fabric, creating a dramatic, detailed, slightly raised woven design.
Polyester: This man-made fiber is created from combining synthetic resins, resulting in a strong, durable fabric. Unlike cotton, polyester is wrinkle-resistant and will not shrink … but while it’s known for its longevity and crispness, it does not breathe well and can be somewhat scratchy.
Sateen: Woven in a way that allows more yarn surface on the face of the fabric, sateen is shiny, soft, and has a silky feel to it. It usually has a high thread count and is a favorite on comforters, duvets, and sheet sets.
Silk: Developed in Asia thousands of years ago, silk is made from a natural fiber produced by silkworms. It can be used both as filling or as thread, and is luxuriously soft and shiny. It is also very delicate, and usually requires dry-cleaning.
Linen: One of the few modern-day fabrics that has mention in the Bible, linen has been around for thousands of years and has built up quite a reputation for itself. In fact, in the Middle Ages, linen underwear was thought to be fit only for royalty to wear. Made from flax seed, this fiber creates cloth that is light, breathable, and great in hot climates. Its only downside is that it tends to wrinkle. But there is a reason it’s kept its popularity for so long – and even has a whole cloth category named after it!