Bedding and linens are an easy way to give your home a decorative, personal touch, and you’ll find that many high-end textiles feature embellishments and details that make them more unique and luxurious. We’ve gathered some of the more ambiguous terms and defined them so that you have a better understanding of quality linens.
An appliqué is a decorative piece of fabric that has been sewn onto the face of another material to embellish it. A lovely example of this is the Matouk Providence Coverlet, which uses this kind of detail to enhance their product with a simple yet sophisticated design.
An embossed fabric is one that features raised patterns or motifs on its surface. This is produced through a process where pressure is applied to the face of the fabric using heat and engraved rollers. You can see what embossing looks like on the Pem America Seasons Small Wedding Ring Embossed Comforter Set.
Embroidery is a decorative type of stitching that produces artful, raised designs on the surface of a fabric. A beautiful example of embroidery can be found in the detailed design of the Nina Ricci Marguerite Duvet Cover.
A fabric with eyelets features lots of small holes or tiny open spaces, each of which is edged with stitching for a raised, textured appearance. Eyelets often are part of a lace trim or design, and they give material a fancier or more delicate look. The floral eyelets on the trim of the Nina Ricci Pleiade Duvet Cover are a good example of this.
A flange on a pillow is an extra piece of material around the edge that creates a kind of border. This decorative strip of fabric has straight edges to give the pillow a clean, neat look. The Peacock Alley Lucia Matelasse Sham provides an excellent visual for this kind of decoration.
Piping or Cording
This is a cord that has a twisted appearance and which is used to decorate furniture and textiles, usually along the seams. The Capri Seaside Aruba with Gimp and Cord Accent Pillow by Eastern Accents shows you how this kind of embellishment can really pull a piece together.
A plissé finish results in a textured, puckered-looking fabric, much like seersucker. This effect is produced through the use of sodium hydroxide during the finishing process. A beautiful, light example of this kind of finish is the Matouk Plisse Coverlet.
We hope this helps you understand the textiles industry just a little bit better, even though this list includes just the more popular features, and is by no means totally exhaustive. We want you to be able to make the most educated purchase possible, especially when it comes to the fabrics that you’re treating yourself to.
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