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Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Egyptian Cotton Oxford Duvet Covers and Pillowcases

Egyptian Cotton has been known through the centuries as being far superior to any other cotton.

The lush Nile Delta river in the upper reaches of Egypt create a micro climate which is only found in a few places in the world.

Ideal conditions for growing the long staple fibres needed to produce high quality Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding.

We are often asked what is the staple length of cotton, well Egyptian cotton is approximately 12 to 15 centimetres in length where as common cotton fibres are around 8 to 12 centimetres in length.

Although this may not seem very much that extra length allows cotton weavers to produce a longer, finer and more robust fibre which can then be spun into very fine yarns which are ideal for producing very high thread count luxury bed linen.

Why Egyptian cotton for duvet covers?

Quality Egyptian cotton is preferred for making duvet covers as the material is highly absorbent and wicks away moisture from the body whilst sleeping which reduces the sleeping temperature and enables us to sleep more comfortably.

Egyptian sourced cotton is much better at this due to the lush growing conditions making the bud of the plant it is picked from nearly double the size of ordinary cotton buds.

Peter Reed 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Cotton is now many peoples choice rather than other bedding materials such as polyester as the overall feel of cotton is cool, crisp and luxurious where as polyester is now deemed to be used mainly as a budget purchase.

Mercerisation and Sanforisation are modern techniques that help preserve and protect the cotton yarns, mercerising is a process which reduces separation and pilling of the finished fabric and sanforisation shrinks the cotton fabric prior to being dyed.

This process helps with the care of cotton, better washing, less shrinkage, easier to iron. Although the easy care properties are still not as good polycotton sheets they are still superior to ordinary cotton bedding.

Eqyptian cotton quality types

Most Egyptian cotton duvet covers are woven to a minimum 200 count or into a Percale quality, this is bed linen or cotton sheets that have a minimum thread count pick of 200 threads per square inch. This is an industry standard weave and ensures that the customer receives luxury hotel quality cotton sheets.

More and more customers are now being switched on to the benefits of the higher thread count qualities so, Egyptian cotton bedding producers have reacted to this new high demand for premium quality bed linen and they now produce fabrics that are spun to thread counts greater than 1200 per square inch.

In order to achieve that super fine, resilient and strong fabric only the very best cotton can be used and the length of the staple fibre has to match the quality of the Egyptian cotton.

Ply technology

Belledorm 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Pillowcases

More and more manufacturers are now using two ply technology to achieve this as the twisting of the yarns still give the same feel and texture of the linen but also adds the extra strength of two yarns instead of one.

This will give the bedding much more strength during washing and tumble drying.

One of our best ranges is the 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen, this superb range offer the very best from our Egyptian cotton percale range.

With a full offering of fitted sheets, flat sheets, duvet covers and pillows in 7 pastel shades.

We also cater for the extra deep 15 inch and 18 inch box depth fitted sheets for those super thick mattresses or if you want to just add a topper.

Twisted technology and two ply yarns

Many Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers are now woven using twisted technology or two ply yarns as it is more commonly known, twisting the yarns creates a much stronger and resilient fabric.

The technique has evolved over many years, adding the right amount of twisting results in a well balanced bedding fabric that will last much longer than other fabrics.

If you take two fine strands and twist them together they will create one single yarn that is not ideal for weaving, two ply yarns twisted in the opposite direction to one another makes them superior in strength and quality.

Sheridan 600 Count Egyptian Cotton White Cotton Duvet Covers

The majority of Egyptian cotton duvet covers and bedding bought in the UK and America have two ply yarns, anything over 400 thread count will almost certainly have incorporated this technology as they make the bedding impervious to twisting and snapping during hard use.

Egyptian cotton duvet covers are removable quilt covers that are designed to keep the duvet inside clean and dry, this was intended to prolong its life so less washing and airing was required.

The duvet cover could then be easily removed and washed within the day and replaced before bedtime therefore keeping the duvet inside and protected from the elements.

Modern duvet covers are now made from such fantastic fabrics, the most luxurious using high thread count cottons such as the Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton brands.

A wider range of duvet covers are printed and dyed to give a vast array of colour choices, pictures and designs to choose from, there is a duvet to suit all tastes and budgets.

It is important when choosing your new duvet cover to answer a few questions:

1: Who is the duvet cover for?

If it is for children, then you need to consider how the material will react to spills and accidents, is it machine washable? Will it shrink? Etc.

Good cost effective children’s quilt covers are made from polycotton as this is hardwearing and easy to care for and is also excellent for printing scenes from cartoon’s for example, which kids love!

2: How much do you want to spend?

If money is no object then we recommend a high thread count cotton duvet cover as they are undoubtedly the best in quality, being super cool and crisp. Hotel quality sheets offer the best in terms of durability and length of use so sometimes spending a little more is cost effective in the long run.

Unfortunately buying cheaper does not always work out best as the fabrics are made to a cost and sometimes are not the most refined and do not offer any long term comfort as some of the treatments that are applied onto the fabrics wash away after several goes in the washing machine and then render them useless.

3: Plain or Fashion duvet covers?

If it is the plain look you are after, more duvet covers are made from cotton as this offers that dull fabric look as any accessories stand out much more on the bed, such as bed runners, pillows and cushions, etc.

If it is a fashion statement you want, more covers are made from polycotton blends as they are much more robust than cotton and will dye better and also are much stronger and resilient when beads or sequins are attached to them.

4: Comfort and Coolness?

Cotton is best in terms of keeping you cool at night, quality cotton fibres absorb moisture from the body up to 5 times more effectively than other fabrics.

This wicking effect helps the body maintain that all important temperature control, not too hot and not too cold. Comfort is mainly due to cottons very soft fibre ends which are natural and not abrasive like some cheaper polyester duvet covers.

5: Duvet cover wash care?

How do you wash and dry your duvet, machine wash then tumble dry? If you have polycotton blend duvets, machine washing and tumble drying will present very little in terms of ironing problems.

Cotton however is very sensitive to heat which causes the fabric to crease when dry and heated too much. For best results tumble dry on a very LOW heat and remove whilst slightly damp, put them on the bed and within minutes they will be dry and crease free.

What we offer

We have the full range of Egyptian cotton duvet covers from all the leading manufacturers and all backed by our Best Price Promise. If you’re not sure which one is right for you call or email us and one of our advisers will help you out.

Summer Bedding

Luxury Summer Weight Duvets

When is the best time to start looking for some new summer bedding?

Winter is nearly gone and the heavy weight winter sheets will need to be put back in the linen cupboard but do you need some new lightweight or summer weight duvets, duvet covers or luxury cotton sheets?

When the sun is shining we all want to add a splash of colour or style into our bedrooms so what is the best fabric to use in order to get the best out of our bedding?

Should it be polycotton or Egyptian cotton for our duvet covers? Or should it be microfiber or natural down for summer weight duvets?

At Bedlinen Direct we know how hard it can be to find the right bedding at the right price, cheap bedding is not always the best way to go but we still want value for money when spending our hard earned cash.

Which duvet covers?

Let’s start with some luxury, Egyptian cotton duvet covers. These sumptuous duvet sets were normally just sold in plain colours like white, ivory or cream but as the demand for better quality fabrics increased so the cost price decreased and resulted in more choice.

Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Famous brands like Peter Reed, Belledorm, Sheridan and Helena Springfield now range some of the best quality cotton duvet cover sets you can buy. They use the best quality fabrics and design them in a way that just oozes style and sophistication.

They employ the best designers to create some awesome masterpieces for your bedroom, elegant use of materials and colours to create the perfect ambience.

So whether it is Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton or Cotton sateen you are sure to receive a premium quality product. All you need to do now is choose which designs suit your bedroom the best, most bedding manufacturers are getting adventurous in terms of design and colour.

Have a look at our summer weight duvets, there are plenty to choose from.

A good way of injecting some colour into the bedroom is with cushions and bed runners or throws, cheap and very effective and won’t cost you the earth if the shade or hue is not just right.

Cotton or polytcotton

Cotton is preferable over polycotton during the summer months as the wicking effect you get from cotton is second to none (and you wouldn’t believe the science that goes into this wicking effect!).

Cotton sheets just get softer with each and every wash so they are certainly the best choice not just for spring or summer but also the colder months too.

Polycotton duvet cover sets from companies such as Belledorm offer great value for money, good design and expert craftsmanship bring you a very good product that is both easy to wash and even easier to iron.

During summer just try and avoid heavy fabrics such as taffeta and jacquards as they do not allow the body to breathe as effectively as lighter fabrics like cotton and silk.

Browse our Egyptian cotton sheet range as well as our other cotton sheets for ideas on colours and choice.

What TOG rating?

Now we have decided which fabric we are going to use for our summer duvet covers and pillowcases we have to select the right filling for our summer duvets and pillows.

Most manufacturers offer a vast selection of Togs ranging from a superlight weight 2.5 TOG duvet which is ideal for the warmest months, right up to the heavy weight 15.0 TOG duvet which can keep out an arctic winter but let’s just keep the choice to the summer options which go from 6.0 TOG to 2.5 TOG for now.

If you want the low down on TOG rating have a read of this Wikipedia entry.

Manmade microfibres, natural feather and down or pure wool?

Luxury Microfibre Duvets

The two main choices are between manmade microfibers which can be known as many different brands but is essentially still the same filling or natural feather and down like duck, goose or more recently pure wool.

Microfiber duvets offer good levels of insulation and the filling is inherently anti allergy so this option is great for those who still get chilly on a warm night or for children and the elderly with mild allergy symptoms like house dust mite issues.

We’ve got a large selection of Dacron Comforel options worth considering.

However they are not as effective at releasing trapped warm air as a natural filling but the cost benefits can sometimes outweigh the need for absolute body regulation you get from a pure down duvet. If you want a natural alternative there are just as many options for you to choose from starting at the goose feather and down duvets.

Just as good as a man made duvet and just as comparable in quality and costs. Feather and down is heavier than pure down and offers just the same in terms of temperature regulation as the man made duvets.

Pure Down

Luxury Pure Down Summer Weight Duvets

If you want the best quality and money is no object, then go for a pure down duvet, you will not regret it. Just like Egyptian cotton is reserved for the very best bedding, Siberian, Canadian and Hungarian down is considered to be a premium product.

Pure down is very light and soft which is just what you need to keep you cool during the summer months, Fill Power is a vital measurement of quality when choosing this type of duvet.

The higher the rating the cleaner and more refined the down is, less impurities make the down lighter which when warmed with your body makes the down rise and release trapped warm air.

This process allows your body to cool down effectively and helps you maintain a consistent and healthy temperature whilst you sleep. When they say it is like sleeping under a soft fluffy cloud – they mean it!

Our pure down duvets can be found here.

Fill power

The average duvet has an approximate 450 fill power rating, good quality and good value for money pure down duvets should have a fill power rating of between 600 and 800, do not accept a down duvet that has less than this as the chances are the down is not very clean and as good as you may think it is.

To give you a more clear idea, eider down is considered to be the best in the world, this handpicked down is very hard to come by and has a consistent fill power of over 1200.

You can expect to pay well in excess of £1000.00 for the genuine article so this can give you a gauge of what you should expect to pay for a more reasonable luxury down duvet.

Satin Stripe Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen

Egyptian Cotton Satin Stripe Bed Linen
Egyptian Cotton Satin Stripe Bed Linen

Our luxury Satin Stripe Egyptian cotton duvet cover sets are for those of us that prefer something different or extra special. The vast majority of cotton sheets and duvet covers sold in the UK are generally plain white or ivory and very little design or style. We have tried to bring that sense of indulgence to our bed linen ranges without straying too far from our most popular selling products.

Stripe bed linen has also been a firm favourite with leading hotels, sheets that look as good as they feel are essential if you want to make a good first time impression. The advantages of Egyptian cotton instead of polyester and cotton blends is evident not just in the comfort and softness of the fabric but the cotton stripe shimmers and gives the bedroom that added touch of opulence.

550 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Sets
550 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Sets

Our 550 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Satin Stripe sheets and duvets covers are manufactured entirely in Egypt under license from Belledorm, they have been at the forefront of luxury bed linen from Egypt for over 25 years and have created many of the finest bedding ranges in the UK market today. This sumptuous satin fabric is silky to the touch and looks amazing, the duvet sets come with housewife pillowcases but you can complete the range with matching oxford pillowcases, flat and fitted sheets. If you have never tried striped sheets before and you just want to see if they are right for you, we do offer a 200 thread count Egyptian Cotton duvet set, not as nice as its sister range but at a very competitive price.

As with all bed linen made from Egyptian cotton, the yarns are combed for extra softness and Belledorm treat their fabrics with an easy care finish to assist with the awkward task of ironing. They are also offering a full manufacturers 7 year guarantee on all of their percale cotton and polycotton bed linen products, you can be rest assured that you are buying a quality product that will not let you down. So if you have had enough of plain bed linen but don’t want to be too adventurous try a satin stripe duvet set, good quality super soft Egyptian cotton sheets are sure to give you a sense of luxury and comfort. There is nothing quite like clean, crisp cotton sheets that have just been washed for the first time, just what bedtime is all about.