Fabric Detailing

April 23, 2015

Matouk Newport Coverlet

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.

Appliqué

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.

Embossing

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

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.

Eyelet

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.

Flange

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.

Plissé

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.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Basketball Bonanza

March 10, 2015

University of Arizona Sherpa Throw by Northwest Company

The month of March is upon us, and we all know what that means. As exciting as it is to see warmer temperatures and hints of spring, lots of people are just as enthusiastic about sports — specifically the sport of basketball. You know what I’m talking about. All these college basketball teams play each other in a giant, celebrated, country-wide tournament. People get pretty excited about it — they even go mad over it, you could say.

Maybe you attended one of the schools that’s playing, or maybe you just enjoy a good game of ball. Either way, there’s no better feeling than supporting your team and showing your loyalty, no matter how they’re doing. You can find lots of college-themed bedding and home accessories at US-Mattress, which carries a wide variety of merchandise from Northwest Company and College Covers. It’s easy to find everything you need to root on your team.

College Covers Michigan State University Crib Set             College Covers University of Florida Comforter Set

Find the perfect blanket to keep you warm during the game, or even invest in some spirited bedding. A crib set is a great way to get your kids to root for your team from the very beginning. You know what they say — start ’em young, raise ’em right. A comforter set is another great way to show your loyalty, even while you’re asleep. ‘

No matter how well your team does in the tournament, you can always find comfort in knowing that you supported them through every great play and every bad call. Show your pride this month and every month when you shop college sports at US-Mattress, where you’ll find the best prices on all the bedding and accessories you need.

Happy cheering, and may the best team win!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Brand Spotlight: Matouk

March 5, 2015

Matouk Nocturne Duvet Cover

 

One of the more high-end brands at US-Mattress is Matouk, a linens manufacturer based out of Massachusetts. Almost 100 years old, this company began as the brainchild of one immigrant man, and has now become one of the world’s finest creators of luxury linens.

Born in Damascus and trained in the Italian tradition of fine linen-making, John Matouk founded his company in 1929, when he moved overseas to America. Here he began selling his high-quality fabric, and even though America had just plummeted into the Great Depression, plenty of people recognized the worth of his linens and were willing to pay for it.

With the onset of World War II, he was unable to ship his materials from Italy to the United States, and so he moved all of his manufacturing to America. He also developed his own special fabric to take the place of linen when people could no longer access it. This new material became intensely popular and was established as Matouk’s first signature tablecloth.

After John Matouk’s death in 1963, his son George became president of the company — and during his time, he grew the brand until it became a maker of every array of household linens, acquiring status as a household name in the process.

At US-Mattress, you can find Matouk linens for every room in your home, at an affordable price. Their comprehensive inventory and dedication to the highest quality manufacture mean that you can fill your entire home with high-end linens, making life more comfortable in every space.


What Is Tencel?

March 3, 2015

Malouf Five 5ided Mattress Protector with Omniphase and Tencel

Tencel is a relatively new product on the market, having been around for fewer than 40 years. It’s made its way into numerous household essentials, becoming a rather popular material, especially in the linens industry. But what is it?

Technically, Tencel is the brand name for lyocell. It is considered a natural product — even though it is man-made — because it’s manufactured from wood pulp cellulose and it’s biodegradable. However, it has a soft feel very similar to that of rayon, and it is considered to be very durable.

While natural fibers tend to be a little more high-maintenance than synthetic (think of how easily cotton can wrinkle), lyocell is actually quite easy to care for. Not only is it usually machine-washable, but it also is wrinkle-resistant. Besides this, it’s breathable and moisture-wicking, which makes it a good fabric for people who have allergies, people with sensitive skin, or people who tend to sleep hot. Plus, its manufacture results in very little waste, so it’s typically considered to be fairly eco-friendly.

US-Mattress carries a number of brands that use Tencel, including DreamFit, Home Source, and Malouf. From mattress and pillow protectors to full sheet sets, you’ll be able to outfit your bed with health-conscious, eco-friendly bedding at an affordable price.

 

 

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru

 


A Bedroom Classic: The Quilt

January 29, 2015

A quilt is one of those classic bedding products that people tend to associate with feelings of comfort and warmth. Whether it reminds you of cozy nights in front of the fire, or even of the homemade one from your grandma, quilts just have this relaxing, homey feel that few other items possess.

Your typical quilt is made with three layers: a layer of woven fabric, a layer of batting, and another layer of woven fabric. The construction is fairly similar to that of a comforter; however, quilts usually have a specific side that is the top, which often has a lovely design or pattern. This design is pieced together from smaller pieces of cloth into a patchwork. Quilts that don’t have patchwork tops can still have detailed stitching to create a pattern or motif, just in a more subtle manner.

Whether you like the traditional nature of quilts, or you just enjoy their warmth at night, there are lots to choose from at US-Mattress. Our great bedding selection and price range allows you to find the comfort you want at a price you’ll love.

 


American-Made Furniture

January 27, 2015

Serta Perfect Sleeper Smart Surface Tidmore Super Pillow Top Mattress

Buying furniture is a pretty big investment. You want to furnish your home with quality pieces, but you also know that long-lasting furniture is not going to come cheap. You also want to know that the company you’re buying from has a good reputation when it comes to materials, construction, and eco-friendly practices.

One of the best aspects of American-made furniture and mattresses is that the companies producing these products typically adhere to these standards. The phrase “Buy American” isn’t just about supporting the economy — although that’s still pretty good motivation, considering the jobs it creates and the money it puts into the market. It’s also about investing in a higher quality. Lots of foreign industries don’t have the same kind of material and construction standards as we do here in the USA, so even if it means spending a little more money, you’re almost guaranteed to get better performance and quality from an American product than an imported one.

At the same time, importing materials and products across the world uses up precious natural resources — plus, it adds a pretty hefty shipping cost to your bill. American companies using American resources are wasting less and spending less because they don’t have to transport materials as far. This, combined with higher manufacturing standards, helps reduce the carbon footprint of American furniture and mattress companies.

US-Mattress carries a wide variety of furniture, mattresses, and linens that have been manufactured in America. We value both the economy and the environment, so we strive to provide you with a good selection of products that are crafted in our great country.


The Growing Benefits of Bamboo

January 22, 2015

Home Source Bamboo Cotton Block King Blanket

A relatively new product on the textiles market is bamboo fabric — and it’s quickly becoming a popular fiber thanks to its durable, eco-friendly nature. Bamboo plants grow extremely quickly, sometimes reaching heights of about 115 feet tall — so there’s a lot of plant to work with once it’s harvested. Plus, the act of harvesting is actually very healthy for bamboo plants, allowing them to grow back quickly. It also flourishes in a wide range of climates, proving its durability and sustainability. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t hurt the surrounding environment to harvest the plant.

As a fabric, bamboo is very resilient. Its strong fibers don’t break as easily as many other materials, so bamboo products will have a longer life than many polyester and cotton products. Plus, bamboo is very soft and breathable, and it wicks away moisture, which makes it great for bed sheets and pillowcases.

If you’re thinking of looking into bamboo fabrics or products for your bedroom, check out the selection at US-Mattress. They offer lots of bamboo essentials for your bedroom so that you can turn your bedroom into a comfortable, eco-friendly haven.

 


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