Coverlet - Matelasse Bedspread

Versatile, fashionable coverlets can embellish the bed all year long. For a fresh spring look, pair a pretty scalloped-edge coverlet with a crisp tailored bed skirt; a quilted coverlet will serve as an extra blanket at the foot of your winter bed.

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Coverlets are smaller than bedspreads, dropping just below the top of the box springs. You will need to use a bed skirt with a coverlet if it is being used as the sole bed cover. If you have a low-to-the-floor platform bed, you may be able to tuck the coverlet around the sides, or under the mattress for a fitted look.

Among the most popular types of coverlets are quilted-look matelasse toppers. Spread your bed with a matelasse coverlet when you want to add a touch of texture. These richly woven mini-spreads are ideal for layering with other bedding accessories to beautify any bedroom.

What is matelasse?

French for "padded" or "cushioned," subtly-textured matelasse is produced by a centuries-old double-cloth weaving technique that slightly puckers the cloth, creating a slight raised pattern. Matelasse fabric is made on a jacquard loom, resulting in its embossed or quilted appearance. Sometimes called "double cloth", heavier fabrics woven as matelasse are ideal for coverlets and bedspreads.

Matelasse coverlets and bedspreads, their intricate designs woven into the fabric, are generally available only in solid colors, or with a contrasting color border. Scalloped edging is a common detail for matelasse coverlets, making them attractive on their own or layered over a bed skirt or lightweight bed spread.

Spread a matelasse coverlet for a fresh look for spring when you retire the down comforter for the season, or fold one up at the foot of the bed for a quick cover-up at nap time.

For an elegant, metro bedroom, a matelasse coverlet interwoven with shiny linen or satin threads will add a shimmering, sophisticated look. To complement a cabin or country décor, top your bed with a velvety-soft stonewashed matelasse bedspread.

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Caring for your matelasse coverlet or bed spread:

In general, matelasse is a durable fabric, and depending on the size, most cotton and cotton blend matelasse spreads are washable on the delicate cycle in cold water. If available, follow the printed cleaning instructions for your matelasse bedding, however, since some designs are so intricate that machine washing could weaken the threads and damage the fabric. In those cases, take your matelasse coverlet to a professional cleaner.

 

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