Jacquard

Jacquard fabric design patterns are larger than the dobby, and also more intricate. They are used for making upholstery and drapery products.

Flocking

Flocking is the process of depositing many small fiber particles (called flock) onto a surface. It can also refer to the texture produced by the process, or to any material used primarily for its flocked surface. Flocking of an article can be performed for the purpose of increasing its value in terms of the tactile … Read more

Twill Weave

It is similar to plain weave. In this the warp yarns skip at regular predetermined intervals creating a diagonal rib in the weave.

Basket Weave

Two or more warp yarns cross alternately side-by-side with two or more filling yarns. It resembles a plaited basket.

Dobby Weave

A decorative weave which is characterised by small designs or geometric figures being woven in the fabric structure.

Leno Weave

In this the warp yarns are arranged in pairs. One yarn is twisted around the other between picks of the filling yarn.

Cut Pile

Cut pile describes carpet fabric where the face of the fabric is composed of cut ends of pile yarn.

Polyester Fabric

Polyester is used for upholstery and is blended with other fibers to add wrinkle resistance. It eliminates crushing of napped fabrics and reduce fading.

Bedspread, Comfortspread and Comforter

Comforters, bedspreads and comfortspreads cover the bed evenly and create a nice day look for the bedroom – they are often used for the guest bedrooms, in hotels and Bed ‘n’ Breakfast places. You can use them in your bedroom too – the only question is which type do you prefer?

What Makes a Bed? – Practical Guide

Practises vary across the globe, but in most western cultures and in Australia the normal arrangement of sheets is fairly uniform. One or two bed sheets (fitted and/or flat), one or two pillows for practical use (depending on Standard Bed Size), and a duvet / quilt on top for warmth. To start, find out the … Read more

Duvet, Quilt or Doona?

Different names for the same thing   People have given it different names over the ages, but the item itself is almost the same all around the globe – a soft, flat bag filled with some light, warm filling that we use to cover ourselves in bed. Duvet, Doona, Quilt, Continental Quilt, Edredon, Cotton Blanket … Read more

The Truth About Thread Count

Thread count is often considered a simple measure of fabric quality, so that “standard” cotton thread counts are around 150, while good-quality sheets start at 180 and a count of 200 or higher is considered percale, or closely woven. Thread count in sheets can range from 80 to 700+, although most stores sell sheets ranging … Read more

Which Doona is right for me?

When winter is in full swing it’s time to pile on the sheets and blankets and huddle up in bed! As BLO is based in Melbourne we know a little bit about miserable weather and what a difference the right duvet can make. But which IS the right Doona? And what’s the difference? Many of … Read more

To Iron or Not to Iron?

For probably as long as we have had bed linen one of the most time-consuming jobs for the home-maker was ironing it all out. The best looking beds are generally freshly made and pressed, and yet many choose not to take on this arduous task due to how labour- and time-intensive it is. Many of … Read more

Flat sheets – love them or leave them?

Some swear by flat sheets, some swear to never use them, and will strip them off hotel beds if need be. Flat sheets and the use thereof is quite often a decision informed by culture and upbringing, though many have changed their preference to better suit their sleeping habits or circumstances. In the US it … Read more

Do you deliver to X location?

We deliver everywhere, but postage is more expensive for shipping to overseas, approximately proportional to the increase in shipping prices on our end. For example, postage for a Quilt/Doona is: to Australia – $18.50 AUD to New Zealand – $35.00 AUD to Asia Pacific – $90.00 AUD to the USA – $99.00 AUD to all … Read more

Will your sheets fit my Pillow-top Mattress?

You will need to measure the height of your mattress. Our fitted bed sheets have 40cm high walls on each side, and so will not fit your mattress if it is more than 38cm or so high (this allows for the elastic). In that case you may need to find deeper sheets.

What is a valance and do I need one?

A valance is not a bed essential. Valance refers to an extra length of fabric extending beyond the regular edges of a bed cover (see bed covers, specifically bedspreads and comfortspreads) which looks much like a curtain and is designed to hang prettily to the floor down the sides of the bed and is purely … Read more

I have two single mattresses side-by-side

I have two single mattresses side-by-side I would like to fit with sheets. Their height is a little different, what size should I use? I would rather not buy two single sheet sets. A short answer would be to use a double bed fitted sheet, though this will only fit the mattresses very well if … Read more

Where are the Egyptian Cotton Sheets made?

They are made in India by a Certified Egyptian Cotton producer. :O) The ‘Egyptian’ in the title refers to a superior and highly regulated way of growing and weaving cotton (read more here), rather than the location in which it is made.

Do you have X design in Y colour and Z size available?

The best check of whether or not we have something in stock is if it appears on the site when you browse the products and select the relevant options from the drop-down menus. We do our best to keep that up-to-date with information from our supplier. Occasionally mix-ups occur on either end and stock *may* … Read more

How does your 375 TC compare to others’ 1000 or 1200 TC? How about your 250 TC to Target’s cheap 400 TC?

There are a number of different factors which go into the thread count of a bed sheet, and a few loopholes by which thread counts may be inflated. You can read about this here. If you’re sourcing your sheets from Australia only, then the main loophole to look out for is whether the sheet manufacturer … Read more

I had a great experience sleeping under just a big firm luxurious comfy duvet at a hotel. How do I get something similar at home?

You will probably be looking for a quilt/duvet/duvet as well as a quilt cover to cover it, since this way the duvet will stay cleaner longer and it is easier to regularly wash just the quilt cover. It does not really matter how the material of the duvet itself feels against your skin, since you’ll … Read more

‘Care Instructions’ Rant

Care Instructions have this annoying tendency of failing to distinguish between very important instructions – ones that if you fail to follow will result in your purchase suffering a severe defect – and the less important ones that just help preserve looks but not function, as such. This applies more to clothes, but it does … Read more

Springy Swinton

The Swinton truly encapsulates the youthful spirit and is one of the busiest designs in our Spring range. Thick bands of rather serious stark black and white designs are complemented by softer, smaller regions of light floral designs in pale yellow, coral and aqua and thick alternating rich blue and pink lines. What results is … Read more