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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Silk Bedding

Guide to buying silk beddingDid you recently sleep on silk for the first time and decide it was the perfect fabric for you? Maybe you purchased silk sheets in the past and loved them, but can’t seem to find new ones that are as nice? Whether you are a first time buyer or a longtime fan of sleeping on silk this guide is for you!

 

  1. Why Should You Buy Silk Bedding Over Other Fabrics?
  2. Types of Silk and How They Compare for Quality.
  3. Summer vs. Winter Silk Bedding.
  4. Choosing a Silk Duvet.
  5. Choosing Your Bedding Colors.
  6. Buying Silk Bedding for Your Guest Bedroom.
  7. Caring for Your Silk Bedding.

Why Should You Buy Silk Bedding Over Other Fabrics?

This is a question we are frequently asked by new customers. They have heard that silks sheets are superior, perhaps from their mother or grandmother, and they are interested in giving silk a try. So why is silk considered the most luxurious fabric for bedding?

  1. Silk is incredibly smooth and feels great on skin.
  2. Silk is a naturally hypoallergenic fabric and resists dust, fungus, mold and many other allergens.
  3. Silk is great for all climates, from cold winter nights to broiling summers, you can sleep in silk and be incredibly comfortable (more on this below)
  4. Silk is the longest lasting natural fabric.
  5. Silk is great for your skin and hair, it helps you retain moisture and reduce damage caused by higher friction fabrics.

Choosing to buy silk is like choosing to buy Amish furniture – it lasts much, much longer than anything else you could purchase. When you get tired of purchasing new sheets each season, then it’s time to purchase silk. Silk outlasts every other natural fabric and has a lifespan on par with polyester. Unlike polyester, silk is wonderful feeling and good for you. That’s why it’s the best fabric.

However, be careful not to buy poor quality silk, as you’ll learn in the next section, the quality of silk sheets matters just as much as the thread count with cotton sheets.

Types of Silk and How They Compare for Quality.

When you begin shopping for silk you should first educate yourself on the varieties of silk available and the way in which silk is measured for quality. In general, it is helpful to know the following types of silk:

Charmeuse Silk is the most commonly recognized type of silk, it is used in everything from bedding to dresses to shirts. This type of silk is lightweight and has a natural elasticity, which makes it the ideal fabric for use in sheets, pillow cases and other kinds of bedding. The front of the fabric has a satin sheen to it while the back has a dull finish. Charmeuse is a cultivated silk, meaning that the silk worms which produce it are farmed for their silk.

mulberry silk mothMulberry Silk is the highest quality of silk and the most sought after for bedding. Most mulberry silk is actually charmeuse silk that was cultivated from a special type of silkworm which is fed a very strict diet. The Bombyx mori is the silkworm which produces mulberry silk and it prefers to eat the leaves of the mulberry tree. This particular type of silkworm has been bred in captivity for over 5,000 years! The careful breeding for quality and the strict diet of mulberry leaves are what make the end product, mulberry silk, the very finest silk available today.

Tussah Silk is actually silk made from wild silkworms which have not been bred. As the worms are not fed a strict diet or protected in the same way that cultivated silkworms are, this type of silk is not as soft or durable as cultivated silk. Most wild silk comes from India and not China.

Habotai Silk is another great silk that is commonly used for making sheets and bedding. Habotai is less expensive but also less durable than charmeuse. Often this type of silk is “washed” with sand to make it feel as soft as charmeuse. However this washing process also destroys the fibers in the silk, which means it doesn’t last as long.

Duppoini Silk is strong, lustrous but coarse and not ideal for sheets and most bedding. Sometimes it can be used in duvets, but because of its quality it does not work as well to maintain temperatures. The lower quality is due to the fact that this silk is made from irregular cocoons that are not of the same quality you would find in charmeuse silk.

Now that you know that mulberry silk is the very best silk you also need to learn a little about something called “Momme Weight”. Pronounced “mummy”, the momme weight is basically a measurement of the weight of the silk. This measurement was actually developed by the Japanese and is also used to measure things like pearls.

To calculate the momme weight you need to measure a piece of fabric that is 100 yards long and 45 inches wide. If this piece of fabric weighs 12 lbs then the momme weight of the fabric is 12. Obviously this isn’t something you can do for yourself while out shopping, so be sure to check labels for the manufacturer’s listing.

The type of silk also helps determine the momme weight of the silk. For instance habotai silk is usually only found with a momme weight of 5-15, while charmeuse silk can be anywhere from 12 to 30.

Ideally you want to look for a momme weight of greater than 14 for bedding. Here at ElleSilk all of our bedding is made with a momme weight of 22. You will almost never see bedding at a higher momme.

Summer vs. Winter Silk Bedding.

Silk throw blanketYou might not believe this, but silk is actually perfect for all seasons! Your silk pillowcases and sheets do not need to be switched out from summer to winter. If you get particularly hot or cold nights then we do recommend you purchase a different silk duvet for summer and winter. You can also try purchasing a silk blanket for winter, for a little extra warmth.

Why is silk so flexible? To start silk doesn’t bunch up, which means it provides you entire body even heat. So your feet are just as insulated as your upper body, and your own body can better regulate temperate.

Ever wake up in the middle of the night sweating buckets from the heat of your bedding? That’s because most synthetic fibers and other traditional bedding materials like down trap air. Over the course of the night your body heat slowly builds up until it becomes unbearable. Your sweat is also trapped inside the bedding and unable to evaporate, so you end up with disgusting wet sheets that are impossible to fall back to sleep in. This is especially problematic for women who are going through menopause, as their body cycles from hot to cool to hot again the typical cotton sheets can’t accommodate the changes in heat and they wake up continuously from discomfort.

The beautiful structure of silk at a microscopic level is what allows a small, but effective, amount of air to naturally help your body regulate its temperature. As you overheat your body perspires and silk’s breathable nature allows that moisture to escape thus cooling your body, this is known as a wicking effect. As you cool off less moisture is produced and silk helps your body retain the natural heat it produces. Not only that but silk gives an even amount of cooling throughout the night so your body doesn’t need to be constantly readjusting.

You could buy expensive synthetic bedding which also has the same effect, but why? You are only introducing more chemicals into your environment and silk is a completely natural fabric that provides the same wicking effect.

Choosing a Silk Duvet.

The first thing you must do when choosing a silk duvet is consider the season you’ll be using it for. As we mentioned above, having a different duvet for winter and summer is recommended. Thicker silk duvets are ideal for winter as they trap more of your body’s natural heat, while thinner ones are ideal for summer as they allow more air to cool your body.

When shopping for silk duvets you should look at the tog to identify how warm or cool the duvet is. The tog is a rating of how insulating a particular duvet or other kind of fabric is.

Summer weight silk duvetThe ideal summer duvet is usually between 2-4 tog and has no additional fabrics added to it. Making sure that this duvet is pure silk is very important if you want to stay cool all summer long. Take a look at our very own summer silk duvet for more information.
Fall spring silk duvet Some individuals also like to use a spring and fall duvet, these typically have a tog of around 8-11. If you live in more moderate climate you might also opt to use this kind of duvet for most of the year. A fall or spring duvet can also be helpful if you are looking to save money and only want to purchase a single duvet.
mulberry silk duvet for winterDuring winter you’ll want many layers of silk to keep you warm, we recommend at least 12 tog and our winter duvet has 13 tog. For especially cool climates you might want to consider a cotton covered silk duvet. For the most part, you will find that even our pure silk duvet is extremely warm throughout the winter.

Choosing Your Colors.

Finally! The fun part of shopping for silk bedding. Choosing a color combination that works for you and your decor is very important. Not only will the colors you choose enhance your mood but they can also help you fall asleep easier.

dark blue silk duvet coverLuxury silk bedding set

Blue – is a beautiful color but did you know that it’s been proven over and over again to have an impact on sleep? A study in 2013 show that individuals sleeping in a blue room had the most sleep. When you think of blue thoughts of peace and calm enter your mind. Blue is a naturally calming color and if you are not using blue in your room already then consider buying a blue duvet or a blue bedding set to really make an impact on your sleep.

If blue is the best color for your bedroom then what are the worst? You might automatically think red or yellow would have the opposite effect, but actually purple, brown and grey were ranked the worst! If possible avoid these colors for your wall paint, bedding and anything more than just accents.

If you are looking to enhance your love life then colors like gold, yellow and orange have been shown to increase libido. While in the same 2013 study it was found that red decor did not lead to increased romance in the bedroom.

Want a great night’s rest but not sure if blue is the color for you? Green and orange decor also have a positive effect. Mix and match these colors for a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep!

Buying Silk Bedding for your Guest Bedroom

If you want to enhance the stay of your guests and impress them at the same time then silk bedding is definitely the way to go. Not only is it a real treat for those that have never slept in silk before, but with all of silk’s health and sleep benefits it will help cut down on crankiness from jet lag.

luxury silk bedding setThe perfect guest bedroom should look elegant, which is why we recommend purchasing one of our luxurious silk bedding sets. Our 8 piece sets include a duvet, flat sheet, oxford and housewife pillowcases and silk mattress covers. The incredible designs will enhance any room and make them appear incredibly elegant!

If you really want to make your guest’s stay special then purchase a silk eye mask for them to take home with them. These eye masks are ideal for helping your guests get to sleep and are an affordable thank you gift for their stay.

Beyond purchasing a silk bedding set you should also purchase a silk blanket or throw for them. These blankets are warm, soft and perfect for the guest who is fickle about how much or how little coverage they want at night.

Caring for Your Silk Bedding

Now that you’ve been sleeping in silk you’re probably wondering – how often do I need to clean my sheets? Can I wash them? Do they need to be dry cleaned?

The wonderful thing about high quality silk is that it naturally repels dirt, dust, oils and other grime that your bedding will accumulate. Silk bedding can thus be washed less often than traditional cotton or synthetic fibers.

Most silk can be machine washed and air dried, although you should always see the specific instructions for that product. In general we recommend the following:

Basic rules for washing silk:

  • Never use bleach or any bleaching agents! These damage the fibers and shorten the lifespan of your silk.
  • Never machine dry! High heat and the tumbling motion can damage the fibers as well.
  • DO machine or hand wash your silk with cold water.
  • DO air dry your silk.
  • DO lightly iron your silk on the cool setting on the inside of the fabric.

Some items like silk blankets, duvets and pillows require special care. Please see our full care guide for more information on each product.

About Silk

MULBERRY SILK

We only use the finest quality A grade 100% long strand mulberry silk in our silk filled products. Our products are designed by us and made in the same traditional way they have been made for centuries in China. The silk threads can be stretched for up to a mile long. Due to its strength once the silk threads have been teased into place and sewn it will not move or bunch and therefore there will be no cold spots.

BODY TEMPERATURE

Unlike cotton, which retains moisture, our silk bedding wicks moisture away from the skin which helps to regulate body temperature. Silk is a natural heat conductor and can adjust it to the ambient temperature of the room. As silk is breathable the excess heat breaths away to help keep the body at a constant temperature throughout the night.

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SOOTHING PROPERTIES

For centuries silk has been recognised for its soothing properties and its ability to relieve skin irritations and poor circulation. Silk has also been attributed with helping hair retain its moisture keeping it shiny and smooth and with keeping facial lines at bay.

NATURALLY HYPOALLERGENIC

Silk is a naturally hypoallergenic fibre, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Our 100% silk-filled duvets, pillows and toppers have been tested by and awarded the BRITISH ALLERGY FOUNDATION SEAL OF APPROVAL for the removal of house dustmites.

Silk Sheets as Romance on Valentine’s Day

silk sheetsGetting your loved silk sheets for Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest choices around. Still, for those of you who are looking for a fun, spicy, and romantic gift that gets you both into the Valentine’s day mood, silk sheets are not to be overlooked.

Don’t get me wrong, guys – you still have to spring for at least a box of chocolates or a nice bouquet, but you’ll enjoy silk sheets longer after the chocolate is eaten and the flowers die. What’s more, it establishes the perfect setting in the one space reserved uniquely for you and your significant other only – the bedroom. Throw in some candles, a favorite movie, maybe some champagne! This is especially important for couples, especially for those that have been together for a long time – daily life often gets in the way.

When each of you is always on the go, it can be hard for you and your significant other to spend time together without distractions. When you’re driving the kids from activity to activity, or working a hectic full-time schedule, there often just isn’t much room for those peaceful and intimate moments that are supposed to be a given when you live with someone. Those moments, although small, are very meaningful: cuddling on the silk sheets, holding each other’s hands while watching TV, or simply talking and joking together out of earshot of your kids. This Valentine’s Day, with the help of 100% mulberry silk sheets, you can make that easygoing intimacy a priority.

How to Care for Chinese Silk Blanket

chinese silk blanketChinese silk blanket is the most luxurious fibers in the world. The weaving of the fabric may contain minor irregularities, these are characteristic of fine Chinese silk blanket yarn which gives the fabric its beauty, luster and texture and should be not be treated as defects.

First, either hand washing or dry cleaning the silk blanket for the first 2/3 times will preserve the gloss of the satin and will also soften the silk blanket fibers. There will be some color loss especially the darker tones, but this will lessen over the initial launderings. Second, do not dry Chinese silk blanket in sunlight or near radiators. Sunlight will fade silk blanket, especially deeper shades. Third, silk blanket should not be allowed to get too soiled before cleaning, keep the silk blanket fresh and in good condition with regular cleaning.

Be aware that rough skin on heels, broken and chipped toe nails and even strong hairs on legs can cause excessive wear and pull threads on Chinese silk blanket.

Health Benefits of Silk Duvet Covers

silk duvet coversMulberry silk duvet covers keep you comfortable over a wider range of temperatures, unlike down or polyester which is fairly tog specific.

Silk duvet covers are naturally hypoallergenic. Silk duvet covers certainly add a bit of class to a bedroom ensemble. You’ll find nothing that can match the sheer luxury of genuine silk duvet covers flossing up against your skin, or experiencing the mild reflect off the excellent threads. Silk duvet cover is an environment dust mites find inhospitable. Using silk duvet covers can significantly help reduce the number of dust mites living in bedding. The reduction of dust mites can have a direct effect on the quality of sleep to those who suffer from dust mite related allergies.

Sleeping under silk duvet covers are like sleeping under a light fluffy cloud. Even in the depths of winter it keeps you warm and snuggly. That’s partly because of the natural drape of silk duvet cover that some people call the “hugging effect.” which also helps to keep in body heat when it is cold.

Remember before Shopping Silk Duvets

silk duvetsMulberry silk duvets are protected by a removable cover that functions in a similar way to a pillowcase. The cover is usually made of cotton or a cotton blend and can be found in a wide array of styles, colors, and designs. So, silk duvets tend to be plain white, as they are not visible when covered.

Silk duvets can be used on their own or with other bed sheets and covers. Silk duvets are available in various types, weights, and warmth. The weight, softness, and warmth of silk duvets depend on its tog rating and filling. The tog rating, or measurement of thermal insulation, varies and should be considered carefully when buying silk duvets for summer.

Silk duvets can be brought from home ware shops and department stores, as well as online.

When buying mulberry silk duvets for summer at online retailers, buyers should consider the silk duvets’ tog rating and the various types of materials used as filling. Buyers should also take into account silk duvets sizing and learn how to care for their silk duvets properly to ensure its longevity.

Choosing Silk Bed Cover for Good Health

silk bed coverSilk bed cover belongs to the protein fibers. Silk bed cover contains up to 18 kinds of healthful amino acids which can help maintain metabolism of lipid membrane on the surface of the skin. After using silk bed cover, you can keep your skin moist and smooth. With the advantages of smooth, soft, strong hygroscopicity and good ventilation, silk bed cover is referred to as “fiber Queen”. With its unique charm, silk bed cover has won people’s favor from all ages.

Thus selecting pure high-quality silk bed cover and experiencing their smooth texture, good breathability and 100% natural protein fibers on the skin. Its delicate care for your skin can bring you higher-quality sleep. In addition, it can help maintain metabolism of lipid membrane on the surface of the skin, this will also keep the skin moist and smooth. Silk bed cover fabric has good moisture absorption. In the summer, it can be faster to take away people’s sweat, you will have sense of cool, smooth and therefore especially suitable for the persons who are suffering from pruritus.

Real silk bed covers can greatly absorb ultraviolet, which can protect the skin from damages. It was reported that long-term bedridden suffers with a bedsore. Meanwhile, you can ease the absorption and evaporation of the water, keep the affected area clean and speed up the healing of an open sore. So many good, hurry to try it!

Travelling with Silk Sleeping Bag Liner

silk sleeping bag linerYou could be forgiven for thinking I am mad to talk about this topic- travelling with silk sleeping bag liner. You must wonder how to take a holiday with silk sleeping bag liner? It sounds really weird. So please allow me to explain it a bit in following reasons.

What’s the aim of travelling? The relaxation is a good enough purpose for travelling regardless of anything else. We can make much entertaining experiencing on vacation. Silk sleeping bag liner also can bring in enjoyment once you sleep with it. Getting to sleep in a silk sleeping bag liner is a lot like resting under a light cozy cloud, the silk sleeping bag liner will keep you comfortable and comfy when it’s cold outside. When you wake up the next day, you simply feel like a new guy who just returned from an exciting vocation. Go travelling can bring some sort of physical exercises while you are on the road. Once you take a holiday you will appreciate that you should move your body and exercise in different ways. For anyone who is in a job in places you sit all day this will be refreshing and regenerating. In the structure of silk sleeping bag liner, the cocoon shell includes two healthy proteins named fibroin, held together by a gum-like protein called “sericin”. The sericin protein is made of 18 amino acids. Consequently, silk sleeping bag liner can keep you fit as well while sleeping.

So bringing a best silk sleeping bag liner home, share the holiday with the one you loved, share the healthy, share the happiness!

A Buyer’s Guide to Silk Pillow

silk pillowA perfect silk pillow is the key to a good night’s sleep. Find out how to choose the best silk pillow for your bedroom with this essential guide.

Your first question should be: What’s my sleeping position? Certain silk pillow offers better support. Softer silk pillow suits those who sleep on their stomach, while medium silk pillow is good for back sleepers. If you sleep on your side, choose a firmer make. If you have allergy concerns, take care of your silk pillow. “A common misconception is that the silk pillow’s filling causes allergic reactions. But it’s the dust mites that get in there over time,” says Tom Adair from Abode Living.

Filling will ultimately define your silk pillow’s ability to go the distance. Silk will last between two to three years, while a mix of down/silk will last five if will cared for. Mulberry silk pillow on the other hand should be replaced after 10 to 12 months as they don’t hold their shape.

Buyer’s Guide to Luxury Bedding

luxury beddingThe bedroom is a sanctuary for busy people – it’s also one of the easiest spaces to style. A simple, carefully considered luxury bedding scheme is enough to give even the most minimally furnished bedroom a warm and welcoming feel and a sense of personality. Considering we spend around a third of our lives sleeping, there’s no better reason to invest in quality luxury bedding. The benefits are two-fold: an enviably beautiful bedroom and a really great night’s sleep.

The focal point of any bedroom is a warm and luxury bedding. Layering your luxury bedding with new colors and seasonal textures is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update the look and feel of your bedroom throughout the year. For the summer months, soft greys and blues luxury bedding can be complemented with a pop of bright citrus – try a zingy scatter cushion in vibrant yellow or orange. With the great variety of beds and mattresses now available, buying luxury bedding is no longer as simple as selecting a standard-sized luxury bedding sheet for a standard-sized bed. New mattresses now often feature a built-in ‘pillow-top’ – this results in an extra-deep mattress, requiring generous-sized fitted luxury bedding sheets.

Keep things simple and invest in quality luxury silk bedding rather than a mountain of cushions and throws – which often end up on the floor every night.

Mulberry Silk Blankets Buying Tips

silk blanketsTurn your bedroom into a relaxing retreat by piling the bed high with plump pillows, cozy silk blankets and feather-light duvets. Comfortable silk blankets can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad one, so do your research before you buy.

Silk blankets can be layered up or down, depending on the conditions, giving you plenty of flexibility for temperature changes at night. Silk blankets are superior to synthetic blanket materials as they are natural and breathable. Silk blankets are a good choice for warmer climates or air conditioned settings as they offer lightweight warmth. Silk blankets are warmer and cozier, making them ideal for colder climates.

Once you have figured out how to buy mulberry silk blankets, consider whether your silk blankets will need to be dry cleaned or washed and cared for a certain way based on its fabric. Most silk blankets require dry cleaning.