Sleep Center

All About Sleeping Comfort

A comfortable night's sleep is essential to your well-being and vitality. Without the correct amount of rest and comfort your body cannot rejuvenate and maintain itself.  Your physical, mental and general well-being will suffer.

Having a good night's sleep is much more than 'grabbing' a few hours lying down or having a quick snooze in front of the television. We understand the importance of sleep, and have added several posts to answer your questions. Selecting the right quilt to suit you is essential.

Quilt Warmth Ratings

How do you know which type and style of quilt is best for you? The selection of the right type of quilt, doona or duvet suitable for you will depend upon many variables, such as climate, your bedroom temperature and your particular personal warmth/cooling needs.

How your chosen quilt, duvet or doona will feel and perform will depend upon four important factors, its thermal performance, its weight, its filling and cover fabric. 

The Kelly & Windsor alpaca quilt collections can be grouped into four thermal warmth categories -

  • Summer - Cool

  • Spring/Autumn and All Year Round

  • Winter

  • Winter +

For information, we have several articles in the News section of this site -

  • Quilt Warmth Ratings

  • Tog Ratings of Quilts

  • Selecting the right quilt using the BMI Index

  • Quilt warmth ratings - How many equivalent blankets?

Moisture Absorbency - Quilt fillings & Cover Fabrics

Possibly the least understood but an important point about bed quilts.

During the night we all perspire, some more than others and extensive studies in Europe have discovered that on average a half a litre of moisture is given off each night. This is normal as it is the way one's body adjusts to its environment, however, it is what happens to this moisture that is really important.

To get an optimal night's sleep, it is essential that you keep dry, hence the expression 'dry and cool in summer and dry and warm in winter'. It's true!

For this to happen you need a quilt filled with a naturally moisture absorbent material. Alpaca fleece and wool fibre can absorb up to 30% of their own weight in moisture. Bamboo is also exceptionally good at moisture absorbency, both in the amount of moisture it can absorb and how quickly it actually absorbs the moisture.

We are often asked, so if that's correct, what happens to the moisture that an alpaca or bamboo quilt absorbs during the night? Well, it's simple, the moisture evaporates during the day when its warmer. On the other hand, if a quilt is filled with a material that does not absorb moisture i.e. hydrophobic, such as polyester, it will allow moisture to build up and will cause temperature variations. The result is usually a poor quality sleep with regular temperature changes i.e. a hot and sweaty night sleep. Not desirable nor good!

It is also important that a quilt cover fabric is absorbent, which is why they are usually made from cotton. Cotton is absorbent, although not as absorbent as bamboo, so it assists in this 'wicking effect' which bedding manufacturers refer to.

Quilt Cover Fabrics

The choice of quilt cover fabrics by quilt manufacturers is an important decision relative to appearance, softness, handle and the overall performance of the finished quilt. Unfortunately cost is a major factor in a manufacturer's fabric choice in lower quality quilts and this will have a major effect on the performance of a quilt.

We  only use 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 quality fabrics that are exclusive to Kelly & Windsor.

Alpaca Fleece in Bedding Products

Alpaca fleece is ideal for bedding products -

  • Soft with a luxurious feel - this is due to alpacas' smooth fibre structure
  • Lightweight - alpaca fleece is a semi hollow fibre - air is trapped to warm you
  • Comfortable warmth - approximately 25% warmer than wool on weight to weight basis
  • Moisture absorbent - to keep you dry i.e. cool in summer and warm in winter
  • High strength - durable and long life (with proper care)
  • Good loft and resiliency
  • Natural, chemical free and environmentally friendly fibre
  • Non allergenic - alpaca fleece does not contain lanolin
  • Naturally flame retardant