HELLO AND WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND NATURE
As we head into a new year and new products it is high time we introduced you to our new supplier of Silk Quilts….. New Zealand Nature.
In our journey to find a supplier that had the same ethos as we do and the quality we are after when it comes to silk quilts we hunted high and low!
New Zealand nature is a certified CarboNZero company and uses organic casing in its range of silk duvets (quilts).
Sizes are standard Australian sizing from single through to Super King and on offer is a light summer weight, medium winter weight and the ability to purchase a combo set which includes a summer and winter silk quilt that can be joined together.
We still have our All Year weight in sizes Super King and Double but for all other sizes we recommend you use the Quilts-NZ nature tab: http://www.ecosleepaustralia.com.au/quilts---nznature.html
The benefits of using silk quilts are as follows:
About Silk Bedding
Silk is a natural insulator
Depending on the temperature, silk either draws heat away from the body or traps in the warmth. In the winter the large fibres reduce heat loss from the body, but in the summer the silk fleece sheds surplus heat by wicking away moisture from your body, keeping you cool and comfortable.
This also means that one duvet will satisfy 2 sleepers with different needs of warmth.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic:
It is resistant to dust and house mites, mildew, mould and rot that attacks other fibres. Sufferers of asthma, blocked sinuses or other hay fever symptoms can find relief in silk bedding as well as those with allergies to down or synthetic material.
Silk is composed of 18 amino acids
The same amino acids that are found in our own bodies. Medical studies show that this can help blood circulation and the digestion system during sleep. It also helps to reduce the discomfort of itchy skin and aids in preventing vascular sclerosis.
Silk comforters are also suited to children
Their lightweight nature and breathable qualities ensure a regulated even sleep temperature.
Silk duvets provide the same warmth as down comforters.
They are comfortable all year round due to their insulating properties.
Our silk duvets (comforters) are manufactured in China under strict quality control, ensuring that the Grade A mulberry silk filling is of the finest quality. The silk threads are teased out to the size of the duvet and layered multiple times to create a thick floss. Detailed stitching ensures the silk filling is held well in place, eliminating any cold spots, and it will remain like this for its entire lifetime.
Feel the difference yourself! Once you have experienced our silk duvets, you will not want to sleep under any other cover again.
Thank you for your patience and we hope you enjoy the benefits of sleeping under a light and luxurious silk quilt in 2014.
What is the best winter quilt on the Market?
Every few days a customer will ask my opinion on which is the best quilt for the winter months. They have one goal in mind—they are looking for a quilt that is warm, easy to clean, not to heavy or not to light and in their price bracket. Considering how cold it has become over the past few weeks it is not unusual that this is our current hot topic and it’s a great one to answer. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most relevant quilts and show you the efficiency of each for warmth.
We have some of the most beautiful bedding in Australia and choice can sometimes become hard with so many options but the most popular quilts are:
Wool: . Wool works for you adjusting your temperature naturally by absorbing excess moisture away from your body so you remain at a comfortable and more even temperature throughout the night. I find it can be a little too heavy for me but some people like this feeling to think warm and snugly. Prices do vary but this can be a very affordable and long lasting quilt.
Feather and Down:
The best down comes from larger, more mature birds. When age and maturity are equal, goose down is better than duck down as it is a much larger bird. The mature down has an extraordinarily high warmth-to-weight ratio. A quilt or sleeping bag filled with this down will be very light and incredibly warm and it will last for decades. Probably the most expensive on the market but a high quality quilt will be long lasting. Here in Australia we mainly have a mix of the two and people who like the light feel will enjoy this quilt. The cons are the down moving during the night leaving you with cold spots.
Alpaca and Alpaca/Bamboo: This is a newer quilt on the market and well suited to our climate as it will also wick moisture away from the body and leave you with an all over warmth and no cold spots as the inner fleece is held in place with internal stitching not the outer “square” stitch. Quilt s can be heavier with the filling and a summer and winter weight can be joined together for those who feel the cold and like a weightier quilt. Well priced easily stored for both season.
Mulberry Silk: I am biased as this is my favourite quilt and I have found over the years I enjoy the more light weight option and the smooth lines of a flat quilt. Silk is warm in winter and cool in summer and has no cold spots or movement of fibre. If you do feel the cold another quilt can be added making it a very seasonable quilt. Again a quality quilt that will last for a number of years and adapts well as we get older and like a lightweight option.
Happy quilt shopping!
Let’s go shopping for some new sheets.
Bamboo, cotton, silk or modal. Linen, percale, sateen or hemp.
Now thread count is important everyone says, so do we go for 200 or 300, 400 or 600, 800 or 1000?
Are your eyes glazing over and your mind shutting down because everyone has given you their spiel on what is best in the sheeting arena?
Well you are not alone and over the past ten years the words “thread count” have a lot to answer for!
Let’s go back to basics and see if we can make this easy for you.
Thread count is simply the number of threads per square inch of fabric. These consist of vertical threads (warp) and horizontal threads (weft) woven together.
When looking for higher thread counts, sometimes 2 ply yarns are used and multiple yarns are inserted into the weft. The best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single weft and warp; but the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 400. Above that, 2 ply yarns and/or multi-picks must be used.
The talk about "single ply" over the past few years, was a reaction to customers feeling cheated by the concept of 2 ply. This is where a 300 thread count sheet made with 2 ply yarns could be called a 600 thread count.
In a quality product, the comfort value of thread counts over 300 is very little. A 300 thread count can feel far superior to a 1000 thread count depending on the fabric.
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing people to capture interest and impress with high numbers. A soft, silky feel sheet will be a single ply where a heavier more dense sheet which takes longer to dry and needs ironing is a double ply.
My view is touch, feel and think about the type of sleeper you are and the materials you like.
Do you like to snuggle under flannel sheets in winter which will feel soft and warm? If so a 300 or 400 thread count is perfect for both durability and softness.
In summer do you like to wake feeling dry and sleep on cool crisp sheets? Then pure cotton will suit you well as it is easy to wash, dries quickly and can be purchased in a thread count of 300 to 600.
My favourites are of course a bamboo/cotton mix as they need no ironing, are perfect in summer or winter, a 400 thread count is soft and durable, and drying time is minimal.
My last point is if it seems too good to be true when grabbing a special it usually is!
Hopefully I have made your next sheet purchase easier and with a little less stress.
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I am Jane - a mum of 4, lover of dogs and cats, with a passion for stylish items for your home and the environment that don't
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