A duvet is a lofty, plush and light-weight boxed blanket that is typically filled with washed and sterilized geese feathers, referred to as “down.” Down is extremely breathable and warm, making it the perfect filler material for a very comfortable night’s sleep. Duvets filled with quality down cost more due to the use of natural geese feathers, are ethically obtained, and labor intensive to produce.
When a boxed fabric cover, referred to as a “shell,” is filled with down, it becomes a duvet insert or more commonly referred to as a “duvet.” Shells also come in a variety of fabrics but 100% cotton is best for breathability and sensitivity.
What is a Duvet Cover?
Due to the costly nature of quality down duvets there are some recommended steps that can be taken to ensure your insert has a long life. Duvet covers are essentially a large, removable and washable pillowcase for duvets.
We highly recommend following the care instructions on your duvet and using a duvet cover to lessen how often your natural duvet is washed. Washing a duvet requires professional dry cleaning, which includes the use of commercial washers to ensure the down is not damaged in the process. Improperly washed duvets can result in clumpy, uneven fill, which can ruin your sleep.
The industry standard for dry cleaning a duvet is every two to three months with daily use. With the use of a duvet cover, the insert will be protected from sweat, stains, and natural wear and tear. This duvet cover may be washed as often as once a week or more if necessary to keep both items ready for a refreshing sleep.
Duvet covers come in a wide variety of fabrics, colors and styles, making it easy to change them out every season or year! We carry OEKO-Tex 100% certified Egyptian cotton duvet covers, which is perfect for those with sensitive skin due to our use of natural and non-harmful chemicals on the softest, most luxurious fabrics. Each of our Pure Parima Duvet Covers come with ties in each corner so your insert stays in place while you toss and turn in your sleep. Simply tie the strings of the duvet onto the corners of the shell in every corner. Our duvet covers also feature hidden zippers on the shams and cover for ease of use.
History of Duvets
The word duvet is of French origin, meaning "down". The term duvet is mainly British, especially in reference to the bedding; when rarely used in US English, it often refers to the cover. Sleepers often use a duvet without a top bed sheet, as the duvet cover can readily be removed and laundered as often as the bottom sheet.
Records show the earliest duvets were made in China, around 3000 B.C. In the 15th century, featherbeds (mattresses) were used by rich monarchs in continental Europe and in England, though not by their courtiers. From the 16th century, the upper class from all over continental Europe began buying and using feather duvets. Duvets are the most common form of bed covering, especially in northern Europe. They became popular throughout the world in the late 20th century.
What is the difference between a Comforter and a Duvet?
A comforter tends to be thinner and less filled as compared to a duvet. Most comforters are made with synthetic fiber filling, though some feature natural fabrics. While comforters can be used on their own, duvets must typically be placed inside a duvet cover. Not only does a high-quality duvet cover keep your blanket from getting damaged, but it also protects your skin. A great benefit of having a duvet over a comforter is that you can toss the duvet cover in the laundry making for a much easier wash.
What is a Duvet Alternative?
Duvet alternatives is a materially different option to down duvets. Down duvets may not be the ideal choice for everyone due to allergens or budget needs. Duvet alternatives are a great way to enjoy duvets without committing to a bigger price tag. They come in a variety of natural and synthetic fills such as cotton or polyester.
Pure Parima Duvet Inserts are Coming Soon!
We are very excited to announce that down and down alternative duvet inserts are coming soon to Pure Parima! You will be able to build your dream bed with a duvet insert that fits perfectly inside our duvet covers very soon!