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Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

April 26th, 2010

egyptian-cotton-duvet.jpgA duvet is a light quilt used as a blanket. It has traditionally been filled with feathers and down (’duvet’ in French), but many natural or synthetic fibers are now used for the purpose. Earlier confined to Europe, duvets have now become popular all over the world. The fascinating thing about using a duvet is that you do not need to use bed sheets and blankets along with it. The only thing you need is a duvet cover to protect the inside lining of the duvet since it cannot be washed. Covers are available in a range of colors and patterns like solids or prints, even embroidered ones, and in quite a few materials. You can find them made with cotton, silk blends, rayon, suede, microfiber, bamboo, flannel, satin – it is all there.

Cotton duvet covers are the most popular for their easy handling and washing, not to mention their durability, strength, and fastness of colors. The finest of these are Egyptian cotton duvet covers, made with 100 percent pure Egyptian cotton, which is known for being durable, fine, and strong. This type of cotton has been considered to be one of the best materials in the world for centuries. With a promising yarn length and strength, Egyptian cotton has a high absorbency. An Egyptian cotton duvet cover will let your duvet breathe, and its softness will increase with every wash. It is an organic alternative to semi-synthetic rayon or synthetic polyester. A 300 TC (Thread Count) is a good one to begin with though a 400 TC is the established one. A higher thread count means more thread used per square inch, which makes the cotton stronger and increases its durability. The higher the thread count, the more expensive your duvet cover will be; however, the higher TC ones should last longer also.

Make sure you buy a duvet cover that is rated for the size of your duvet and is made with a washable material like Egyptian cotton that you can easily wash at home whenever you would like. Zips, buttons, and knots are used to secure it in place. If you pick a duvet cover with ties to be knotted, make sure the duvet has loops to tie it along; otherwise the it will keep slipping inside the cover. Cotton duvet covers might shrink a bit after the first wash, and they are usually made taking this fact into account, so they may look bigger in the beginning. Usually they can be bought in sets with pillowcases, sheets, and a bedskirt. Reversible covers are also available.

Duvet covers are easily available at department stores in a range of sizes from king and queen to smaller sizes for a kid’s bed. An Egyptian cotton duvet cover will cost you anything from $40 to $60 for a king size bed depending on whether you buy it independently or with a set. A silk duvet cover on the other hand will cost at least three to four times this amount plus the dry cleaning fees you will pay every time you need to change it. Many online sites offer a range of Egyptian cotton duvet covers among other kinds, the best of which would probably be Amazon.com, Ikea.com and BedBathAndBeyond.com.

This article was supplied by Nidhi Varma.

One Response to “Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers”

  1. comment number 1 by: habib Rehman

    No doubt Egyptian cotton duvet cover are very durable and very fast in color as per my friend experience.

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