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Blankets, Throws & Pillows
How to care for a Down Pillow and Comforter
We suggest that you protect your comforter from soil and wear with a Comforter or Duvet cover. A Down Comforter and Pillow should be aired as often as possible, leave the Comforter and Pillow outside in a shaded area on a sunny day, so that moisture in the down has a chance to evaporate.
Shake you Comforter and Pillow daily to help the down stay fluffy. Small spots can be washed with a wet rag.
In case it's necessary you wash your comforter and pillow. Choose a frontloading washing machine with a large capacity. Wash in warm water at delicate.
REMEMBER: The Down Comforter and Pillow have to be tumble dried together with 2 tennis balls 140-175 degrees. Take them out and shake them often. Keep them in the dryer until they are 100% dry. Avoid washing them too often, it will flatten the down.
The New Prince of Denmark on a Eider Down Comforter 2005
Øko-Tex standard 100/1000
As one of the first companies in the world, our supplier achieved in 1994 certification according to the Øko-Tex 100 standard. The branding is of course valid for the complete products; filling and shell. This certification, created extra trust in our products, and resulted in an increased export sales.
In year 2000 our supplier managed to fulfill the strickest demands layed down in the Environmental standard Øko-Tex 1000, and became the first company of its kind to achieve the certification of the Øko-Tex 1000 standard. This standard is a certification of the whole production process.
Øko-Tex 100/1000 branding is a guaranty to the customer, that the production process is made without usage of hazardous components such as die and chimicals, and that we continously initiate activities to improve our performance regarding the environment.
|Siberian Goose Down
considered the finest Goose Down available for comforters. Collected from Geese that live in very cold climates, it is the heaviest of all the downs, used in 800 fill, and will last the longest.
|Mouscus Duck Down
the next step down from the Siberian Goose Down, this is also cold Climate down, the a fill power of 650+ Comforters.
|White Goose Down
is a by-product from Geese used for food. Smaller more condensed down 550+ Fill Power comforters.
have quills. Therefore
mainly used as fillers in large comforters, or pillows. Can poke out of Comforters and be sharp to your skin.
What is fill power? Fill power measures the amount of space in one ounce of down.
That's nice, but how exactly do you measure fill power? To measure the amount of space in down, you would take one ounce of down and compress it. When released, the down will expand and fill up a certain amount of space. The amount of space it fills up is normally measured in cubic inches.
So a comforter advertised as 550 Fill Power means that each ounce of down fills 550 cubic inches of space? That's right. And the higher the number of the fill power, the higher the quality of the down . Good comforters normally start out at 550 fill power. Better comforters are 650 fill power and up.
Besides the quality of the down, why else is fill power important? Fill power is what gives down comforters its loft. Also, higher fill power comforters are warmer. Because the down takes up more space, it is able to trap more warmth.
What if I want to buy a comforter with higher quality down but without the extra warmth? Look for the amount of ounces of down inside the comforter. Some comforters with higher fill powers may have less down than a lower fill power comforter. This is to keep the comforter from becoming too warm.
What is thread count? Thread count is the amount of threads woven per square inch. To measure thread count, you would count the number of threads contained in one square inch of fabric. The finer the threads, the higher the count will be. Thread counts usually start at 200 threads per inch and go up.
The batiste fabric is one of the finest lightest down proof fabrics in the world, at 2.5 ounces per square yard.
So how does thread count impact my bedding decision? Well, the higher the tread count, the lighter and more breathable the fabric becomes, and the smoother it is to the touch.
What is a baffled comforter? A baffled comforter is one that has a vertical wall of fabric joining the upper and lower portions of the shell. Baffles allow the down in your comforter to assume its fullest loft. The higher quality comforters (this also usually translates into the more expensive) are made with baffles. You will be able to identify baffled comforters in advertisements by looking for wording such as "baffled boxes" or "baffle construction". If you do not see wording in a comforter ad that specifically includes the word "baffle" in some form, chances are 99.9% it's not a baffled comforter.
So if it's not a baffled comforter, what is it? Most likely a sewn through comforter. The majority of comforters are sewn through construction. Unlike a baffle, there is not a vertical wall of fabric joining the upper and lower portions of the shell in a sewn through comforter. Obviously sewn through is a less expensive way to produce comforters and such comforters normally cost less. Sewn through comforters can be very good, especially if they are made by quality manufacturers. You'll just be missing out on the down expanding to its fullest loft as can be achieved with a baffled comforter.
Down vs. Feathers in Comforters
Down is used for insulation and loft in duvets and pillows and feathers are used for bulk and durability for featherbeds and some pillows. Sometimes these are mixed to create a firm, durable product. The more down in the mix, the fluffier and more expensive the comforter or pillow is.
Type of Down for Comforters
These comforters are in order of quality. Please note that in some comforters labeled "pure down" or 100% down are not pure, as some feathers remain in the fill. As long as the comforter is 75% down it can be labeled 100% in many states!
Filling Power Machine
Become a Sleeping Beauty under
Scandinavian Down Quilts
by Charlotte Luongo
Once upon a time in a land far, far away there lived a princess. This poor princess was having a hard time getting a good night's sleep due to a particularly problematic pea. It seems that a curious queen, wishing to know whether the princess's blood ran blue enough, had placed the pea underneath 20 down quilts before inviting the princess to rest upon them.
According to Hans Christian Andersen, the great Danish fairytale writer, the delicate princess was bruised by that single pea despite the great quantity of padding between her and it. And as any good Dane can tell you, it would take somebody as sensitive as only a fairytale princess could be to feel anything underneath the plush cushioning of a Scandinavian down quilt.
While quilting is an ancient process, it was the Scandinavians who first used down as quilt filling. In fact, the word down originally comes from the old Viking word dunn, and perhaps the oldest down quilt ever found came from a Viking boat grave excavated in Norway. Today, any quilt filled with down and sewn with baffles, or stitching that keeps the filling from shifting, is considered a Scandinavian-style quilt.
The most highly prized Scandinavian down quilt is filled with eiderdown-the down from the eider duck. Eiderdown is one of the lightest, most luxurious, and most effective insulators known to man. It is also quite rare and therefore sells for astronomical prices. Depending on the size of the quilt and the quality of the down, expect to pay from $2,000 to $22,000 for an eiderdown quilt. This is the down quilt that adorns the beds of European royalty. Indeed, the 20 quilts featured in The Princess and the Pea were eiderdown.
If you want your bedroom to be fit for a princess but don't want to pay a king's ransom, there are many other Scandinavian down quilts that will surround you in sumptuousness. According to Freda Kavanagh of Beds of a Feather Ltd., "The quality [of Danish quilts] is enormous . . . Ringsted Dun, the oldest down quilt manufacturer in Denmark, makes a Moskus down quilt that is as good an insulator as eiderdown, but it costs a great deal less."
Ringsted Dun's quilts, which are carried by Kavanagh's company, are also available with goose down and white Danish duck down filling. "We offer very lightweight down blankets as well that are suitable for people living in warmer climates," says Kavanagh. "All of our quilts are filled with 90 percent down. In fact, you can never get a quilt that is 100 percent down since it is impossible to sort out the tiny feathers . . . Be careful when buying a down quilt since many are only filled with 60 percent down, which makes for a heavier, lower quality quilt."
What Kavanagh believes is best about Scandinavian down quilts, besides their relaxing comfort, is their health benefits. "All of our quilts are non-allergenic, which makes them wonderful for people suffering from allergies and asthma. Unlike synthetic products, our down quilts pull humidity away from the body, making it difficult for dust mites and bacteria to survive," Kavanagh explains.
"Also, when down comes into the factory it is sterilized at a high temperatures . . . Most of the oil on the feathers is washed away, but about two percent is left on so the feather is still pliable and won't break and poke out of the casing. [Many quilt manufacturers outside of Denmark] wash all of the oil off, making the feathers brittle," says Kavanagh. She warns consumers, "When you are in the store to buy a down product, smell it first. Properly cleaned down will not have an odor."
You can also opt to buy a product that mixes Scandinavian luxury with American ingenuity. The Danish company Quilts of Denmark has recently introduced the TempraKON quilt, which uses insulation technology developed by NASA to control body temperature. The quilt absorbs excess body heat and releases it when your body temperature begins to fall. The effect is you never become too cold or too hot under this clever comforter.
Today, whether it is a high-tech TempraKON or a regal eiderdown, you will be hard-pressed to find a Scandinavian household bereft of a down quilt. Stock your own home with this coziest of European comforts, and use its luxury and warmth to ward off winter.
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