Silk Comforter - Silk Bedding Set
A silk comforter on the bed adds a true touch of luxury to your lifestyle and your leisure time.
Surprisingly strong, and naturally hypoallergenic, designers say silk is has become a sensible choice to both cover, and fill, your bed's comforter.
Silk-fabrics: Different types of silks have their own characteristics. Depending on the look you are seeking in a silk comforter or bedspread, research the unique qualities of popular bedding silks and make an informed decision – it's an investment well worth your research! There are many varieties of silk fabric, but those listed below are the most familiar types you will see in silk bedding.
Charmeuse silk has a lustrous sheen and sumptuous hand. It is the most recognized of the silk family of fabrics, with a medium weight and natural elasticity, but is used more in apparel than in home fashions.
Dupioni silk , lightweight and shimmery, is typically woven in a satin weave with two different colors of silk thread, allowing it to change hue in the light. A dupioni silk duvet cover will be iridescent with a semi-crisp drape, low luster and slight pebble-like texture.
Fuji silk, prized for its subtle luster and luxurious hand, is woven from spun silk fibers, providing it with proven durable and wrinkle resistance, a natural for a silk bedspread or duvet cover.
Habutai silk, which in Japanese means "as soft as down", has a graceful drape and is usually a natural, off-white color. It wrinkles less than other silks, and is a superior choice for a silk comforter or bedspread.
Silk-filled comforters : Silk fibers are produced by silkworms and woven into naturally thermal and hypoallergenic fabric, making it an ideal material with which to cover or encase a comforter.
When silk is used to fill a comforter, spun, not woven, fibers are used. Supple silk-filled comforters are not as puffy as down comforters, but do provide the same lightweight, breathable warmth as their down counterparts. Silk-filled comforters are hypoallergenic, more so than goose or duck. A silk filled comforter is an investment, but with proper care and use of a protective duvet cover, will last for many years.
Mulberry silk is a popular fill for comforters – the high quality silk fibers result from feeding the silkworms only mulberry leaves. Mulberry silk is a long fiber silk, heavier than other types, making it an excellent thermal material for comforters. Compared to other silk fibers, Mulberry will shift less over time.
Caring for your silk comforter : Whether filled or covered in the luxurious fiber, or both, your silk comforter needs to be dry-cleaned. However, some silk comforter covers can be machine washed on the gentle cycle – to be sure, check the instructions on the label. Also consider where your silk--covered comforter will be placed in your bedroom. If your bed is near a sun-filled window, consider folding up the comforter during the day and moving it into the shade – sunlight will break down silk fibers over time, and fade the color.