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What is a duvet?
Duvet is simply the French word for down, but it is commonly used to refer to a comforter. A duvet cover is a comforter cover that protects your comforter and can be removed for regular washing. And it can be color coordinated to your bedroom. A down comforter with a duvet cover can become your bedspread, blanket, and top sheet - all rolled into one. It's a fun, cozy way to sleep.
We recommend that your duvet cover be made from light weight, sheet-type fabrics, preferably from cotton or even silk. The lighter the better. While tapestries and matelasse are fine for coverlets or bedspreads, they are too heavy to sleep under comfortably. We also caution against using heavier weight chintz fabric, such as that used for upholstery or draperies. It also is too heavy for good sleeping. Most Americans prefer to sleep with an additional top sheet, so they will have to launder their duvet cover less frequently. But for a really cozy sleep we highly recommend that you be daring - sleep under the duvet cover without a top sheet. It's lighter, less restricting, the traditional European way, and our favorite.