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Glossary

Percale: Percale, or percalcos, is a closely woven plain-weave fabric often used forbed covers. Percale has a thread count of about 200 or higher and is noticeably tighter than the standard type of weave used for bed-sheets. It has medium weight, is firm and smooth with no gloss, and warps and washes very well. It is made from both carded and combed yarns, and may be woven of various fibers, such as cotton, polyester, or various blends.

Egyptian Cotton: Cotton quality depends on fiber length. Longer fibers make a more uniform, resistant and smoother thread when twisted. Egypt produces the best quality, longest fiber and most valued cotton world-wide. Egyptian Cotton has become synonymous with staple that meets those standards and highest quality. Only the best quality raw materials will suffice for the production of jacquard and this exclusive cotton permits incredibly fine weaving, foregrounding even the smallest details of the design.

Duvet Cover: A decorative cover for a fiber-filled duvet. Open on one end for easy removal it is a quick way to change the look of a room. Also called a comforter.

Pillowcase: A fabric cover, constructed with one end open. An American design used to keep a sleeping pillow clean. Also referred to as a pillow slip or pillow sack.

Satin: A fabric made out of silk, cotton, or synthetic fibres. It is very smooth, soft and shiny with a matte reverse side, often in lush, sometimes deep colours. Care should be taken when using this fabric, as it tends to spot and be difficult to clean.

Hem: the edge of a piece of cloth or clothing which has been turned under and sewn.

Flange: A wide edge on a pillow, placemat, or other fabric object, especially a piece of fabric orribbon extending from the outer seam.

Flat sheet: an ordinary top sheet for a bed as distinct from a fitted one.

Fitted sheet: a fitted sheet has its four corners, and sometimes two or four sides, fitted with elastic, to be used only as a bottom/bed sheet.

Terrycloth: Terrycloth, terry cloth, terry towelling, terry, or simply towelling is a fabric with loops that can absorb large amounts of water. It can be manufactured by weaving or knitting. Towelling is woven on special looms that have two beams of longitudinal warp through which the filler or weft is fired laterally.

Wash cloth: A small, usually square cloth of absorbent material used for washing the face or body. Alsocalled facecloth, washrag.

Fingertip towel: In essence, fingertip towels are small towels used to dry the hand after washing, whether in the kitchen or in the bathroom. They are often used in place of a hand towel as they are less bulky and look more delicate and inviting to use.

Bath sheet: An extra-large bath towel, especially one at least 3feet (1 meter) wide and 5 feet (1.5 meters) long.

Linens: Linens are fabric household goods intended for daily use, such as bedding,tablecloths and towels.

Linen: cloth woven from flax.

Hemstitch: Hemstitch or hem-stitch is a decorative drawn thread work or openwork hand-sewing technique for embellishing the hem of clothing or household linens. Unlike an ordinary hem, hemstitching can employ embroidery thread in a contrasting color so as to be noticeable.

Plain weave: a style of weave in which the weft alternates over and under the warp.

Wring: squeeze and twist (something) to force liquid from it.

Cocktail napkin: A small napkin designed to be placed under a drink when it is served.

Throw: The throw blanket is a common accessory to furnishings. They're more than simply functional; they are stylemakers that add pattern, color and warmth to any room. They are lightweight, can be draped anywhere, and make fantastic housewarming and holiday gifts.

Plush: Richly luxurious and expensive.

Alluring: Powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating; seductive.

Herringbone: A pattern consisting of columns of short parallel lines, with all the lines in one column sloping one way and all the lines in the next column sloping the other way so as to resemble the bones in a fish, for example as used in the weave of cloth.

Twisted: Forced out of its natural or proper shape; crumpled.

Fringe: An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.

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