The choice of quilt cover fabric is crucial for purpose and quality!
The choice of quilt cover fabric by quilt manufacturers is an important decision relative to appearance, softness, handle and the overall performance of the finished quilt.
Unfortunately, cost is all too often a major factor in fabric choice for lower quality quilts. The use of a poor quality or inappropriate cover fabric can have a major effect on the performance of quilt.
Kelly & Windsor only sources and uses the finest premium quality cover fabrics in the manufacture of our luxury alpaca and wool quilts. To compliment the quality of the alpaca fleece fillings in our quilts we use a selection of specifically designed fabrics which are exclusive to Kelly & Windsor.
Our Cover Fabrics
Our cover fabrics are an essential element in our quilt collections and are manufactured with very fine yarn counts, high thread counts and sateen constructions. We select our fabrics for ultimate softness to compliment the exclusivity of the alpaca fleece fillings in our quilts. Our cover fabrics are silky smooth with an appealing shiny lustre that perfectly matches the luxury of alpaca fillings.
In general terms, there are four distinct features of cover fabrics which distinguish a low to medium quality fabric from our high quality luxury fabrics used to manufacture Kelly & Windsor's alpaca quilts, duvets, comforters and doonas. We use several different premium quality cover fabrics in the manufacture of the Kelly & Windsor's quilts, underblankets and pillow collections. The choice of fabric is dependent upon the quilt style and its unique specifications.
All quilts have a quilt cover fabric which is usually woven using cotton, bamboo, viscose or polyester blend yarns. There are two basic weave types, plain and sateen constructions that are used in bed quilts.
Plain Woven Fabrics
This is the oldest and simplest weave style with each end, warp and weft alternating over the other. Plain weave fabrics are commonly used in bed quilts.
Japara is commonly known as a woven quilt cover fabric made with medium fine yarns and woven into a thread count construction of approximately 230 ends per inch in a plain weave construction.
Unfortunately, a quilt which has a japara cover fabric is often over promoted as being export quality, premium grade, superfine or similar connotations of luxury. In reality it is a good quality quilt cover fabric, but when it comes to its quality it is only suitable for medium to lower quality natural fibre filled quilts.
Kelly & Windsor have designed an exclusive version of a japara fabric construction specially finished in the manufacturing process to soften the fabric, give that high quality silky like look and feel, thus making it suitable for our high end wool quilt collections.
Sateen Woven Fabrics
A higher quality fabric construction style, with the outer face of the fabric being weft filling floats usually in a 4:1 ratio. Sateen (also known as satin) weave fabrics have a smooth characteristic, lustrous surface with a considerably higher number of threads in the weft that forms the fabric face. Sateen fabrics are usually used in high quality quilt coverings.
Superfine Cotton Sateen
The Superfine 100% cotton sateen fabric collection is the finest cover fabric and is in our range. This fabric is used exclusively for our Alpaca Gold quilt collections.
The Superfine cotton sateen fabric is exclusively manufactured for Kelly & Windsor with a combination of very fine yarns, a high thread count construction and a 4:1 sateen weave construction. In a Kelly & Windsor alpaca quilt, the Superfine cotton sateen fabric is luxuriously soft, has an excellent handle or feel and outstanding drape.
Bamboo & Cotton Sateen Fabric
Our bamboo and cotton sateen fabric is a new addition to our exclusive cover fabric range and developed especially for our Alpaca Bamboo quilt collection.
Our Bamboo Cotton cover fabric is manufactured from a blend of 60% bamboo fibre and 40% cotton fine yarn count and woven into a high thread count sateen construction. The Bamboo Cotton fabric has been pre-shrunk to make it machine washable.
Bamboo is an exciting new fibre (please refer to our section on bamboo in the Alpaca Bamboo quilt section of this site) and its performance is outstanding -
- Outstanding softness
- Excellent moisture absorbency
- Luxurious feel and handle
- Easy care