Sheets 101: Bedding Fabrics Explained

Garnet Hill Mums Hemstitched Supima Percale Bedding

There’s no question about it: better fibers and fabrics make a more beautiful bed.
Below is a guide to help you select the bed linens that are right for you.

The Fabrication 4-1-1


FLANNEL

Bed Sheet Types: Flannel. Garnet Hill Signature Flannel Bedding.
Warm, soft, exquisitely cozy — flannel bedding is a signature at Garnet Hill. Our flannel sheets offer comfort in soothing colors and distinctive patterns and prints. Woven from top-quality 100% cotton with a loose texture and a napped surface, our flannel is brushed for enhanced softness. This bedding is not only a great way to ward off winter’s chill; it provides warmth and a velvety touch all year long.


PERCALE

Bed Sheet Types: Percale. Garnet Hill Solid Hemstitched Supima Percale Bedding.
Our 100% cotton percale is a smooth plain weave, offering a cool, crisp finish that’s ideal for people who tend to get too warm when they sleep. This bedding is comfy any time of year, but especially in warmer weather. Quality percale sheets have 200-400 threads per square inch. They take color beautifully, making them the ideal background for our most original prints.


JERSEY KNIT

Bed Sheet Types: Jersey-Knit. Garnet Hill Solid Jersey-Knit Bedding.
Jersey sheets are knit, not woven from 100% cotton, making them highly breathable; they are more substantial than percale yet cooler than flannel. Their comfy T-shirt-like feel makes them a great choice for all seasons. Our jersey-knit bedding is designed not to torque or twist on the bed, it drapes beautifully wash after wash. Jersey is an ideal pick for every bedroom from kids’ beds and dorm rooms to inviting guest accommodations.


SATEEN

Bed Sheet Types: Sateen. Garnet Hill Sateen Sheets.
Luxurious and elegant down to the last detail, our 100% cotton sateen sheets are specially woven to create a silky, subtly lustrous finish. Whether it’s washed for softness, wrinkle resistant, or adorned with an intricate original print, this bedding tends to have a higher thread count than percale. It’s a sophisticated choice for a master suite or guest bedroom.


Cotton 101: Back to the Luxurious Basics

ORGANIC COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Organic Cotton. Eileen Fisher Rippled Organic Cotton Coverlet and Shams.
This cotton is grown with fewer synthetic fertilizers and pesticides than conventional crops, making it a welcomed choice for clothing, home textiles, and bedding. Certified-organic cotton’s quality either matches or exceeds that of non-organic cottons, yet it supports biodiversity, and healthier ecosystems.


EGYPTIAN COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Egyptian Cotton. Garnet Hill Washed Sateen Bedding.
Strong, lustrous, longer staple — Egyptian cotton is largely produced in the Nile Valley, although it is grown elsewhere in the world as well. Egyptian cotton staples tend to range from 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ long, making them a preferred fiber for quality bedding.


PIMA COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Pima Cotton. Garnet Hill Hemstitched Supima Flannel Bedding
A superior variety of cotton named after the Pima tribe of Native Americans, Pima is grown primarily in Peru and the southwestern United States. Pima cotton has a smooth, extra-long staple that has a sophisticated silky quality to its hand.


SUPIMA® COTTON

Bed Sheet Types: Supima Cotton. Garnet Hill Bittersweet Supima Flannel Bedding.
A trademark name used for American-grown pima cotton, Supima® is an acronym for “superior pima.”


The Rustic Elegance of Linen

Bed Sheet Types: Linen. Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Bedding.
Pure linen or blended with cotton, linen bedding is synonymous with all-season comfort. This soft, textural fabric is made from flax, a fiber of the Linum plant, and is treasured for its strength and breathability.

VIDEO: Introducing Judy Ross Textiles® by Garnet Hill


Thank you to Editor at Large for hosting the interview and shooting the video.

Judy Ross Textiles is a NY-based design studio known for its distinctively clean and modern design of products ranging from pillows, rugs, throws, and curtains, to upholstery and bedcovers. Attracting a loyal clientele, Judy Ross has designed custom pieces for interior designers, architects and major hotels around the world, among them the Hyatt, Hilton and W Hotels.

Garnet Hill was inspired by Judy’s use of centuries-old artisan chain-stitch techniques. We’re thrilled to launch our exclusive design collaboration with Judy Ross. The collection balances Judy’s fresh, modern aesthetic with Garnet Hill’s signature quality.

SHADES OF SPRING: Judy Ross Textiles Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win three Judy Ross home designs and a $100 Gift Card by choosing your favorite spring shade!

The Gift of Coziness: Flannel Bedding

Garnet Hill Flannel Bedding

How to Give the Gift of Coziness

Funny thing about winter. In other seasons, rough weather – floods, hurricanes, tornadoes – gets us out of the house in a hurry, to safety. But fierce cold and snow keep us home. Where, if we’re lucky, we can snuggle up under warm flannel sheets until the storm passes.

Given as a gift, a set of flannel sheets says I care about you, and want you to be comfortable when the temperature drops. Find flannel sheets that are all-cotton, and made the traditional way, with a denser weave. Selecting a quality product makes for an unforgettable gift for someone special.

Our Signature Flannel sheets are the perfect option. Part of this bedding’s charm is that it’s crafted in a fifth-generation family-owned mill that’s been operating in Germany since 1885 —indeed, two of its present employees are the 4th generation of their families to work there. That’s the experience level needed to master the napping, or brushing, process that makes the flannel exquisite to the touch.

The technique is as much art as science. During the flannel-napping process, skilled craftsmen apply just the right amount of pressure to the material to open up cotton fibers without overstressing them. Depending upon humidity, temperature, and other factors, these flannel sheets will be napped up to 12 times on both sides.

If you haven’t yet, check out these videos on our flannel process.

We should all nap on flannel so exquisitely napped.

A pop of summertime color — starting now!

Colorful Summer Bedding and Home

 

Sailor Blue. Tiger Lily Orange. Ocean. Coral. Golden Delicious…

Take a spin on the summer color wheel with Garnet Hill. We’ve collected a beautiful array of original shades, soothing to vibrant. Not only do we celebrate color in every design, but we also put rooms together by coordinating and contrasting hues and patterns. Here are some of our favorite picks for adding a healthy dose of seasonal color to your home:


PICK #1: A BRIGHT FLORAL — OR TWO
Watercolor Floral Duvet Cover and ShamFrom splashy watercolor flowers to a sunny cottage garden, a vibrant floral print is a great way infuse color into a bedroom. To maximize decorating options, try selecting a print with many different colors. Pull from it for color inspiration for years to come — and everything will go!


PICK #2: PRINTS CHARMING!
Mini-Print Percale BeddingLive happily ever after with seasonal prints like blue Whales, navy Anchors, sand-colored Sand Dollars, quirky Bicycles, full scales of Musical Notes, and more. A playful sheet pattern is a great way to introduce color to the space and instantly change the theme of a bedroom for the season.


PICK #3: VIBRANT QUILTS & COVERLETS
Flip-Side Quilt and ShamNothing screams summer like a light and airy white bed with just a splash of hot color. Vibrant solids are a great way to make a more potent color statement. We recommend a Ribbed Cotton Matelassé Coverlet for an intense statement, or a Flip-Side Quilt that’s two colors in one!


PICK #4: THE FAIR ISLE RUG
Garnet Hill Fair Isle Hooked Wool RugA real showstopper and a forever favorite with customers, the Fair Isle Rug is hand-hooked from soft wool in vivid color combos that enhance the whimsical spirit of its folkloric patterning. And this round rug works in any room, from bedrooms and guestrooms to playrooms, entryways, and family living spaces.


PICK #5: QUICK COLOR FIXES
Garnet Hill Doormat CollectionSometimes swapping out a design for a new color or design will make all the difference and instantly change the look. A cheerful motif on a natural coir doormat, a fresh stack of plush towels, a cozy throw draped over the end of a bed…all invitations to add an instant burst of color (and comfort) to a home.

Monochromatic, tonal, or bold and bright… What’s your favorite color story this summer? For more fun ideas and color combos, including our designer rooms, explore the current home collection.

The Coverlet That Stole Jane’s Heart

Kreta CoverletThe year was 1999. Jane was wistfully perusing a home magazine with her sisters when she found the Garnet Hill coverlet of her dreams. “I fell in love with the print immediately, because it reminded me of my grandmother’s bedroom quilts,” she recalled fondly.

Fortunately, her sisters were paying attention and enlisted her brother to chip in on Jane’s Christmas gift that year. It was a good call on their part. “The pattern is a timeless classic, and has been the cover on my bed for almost 17 years!”

Kreta Coverlet

Jane’s coverlet still looks beautiful after 17 years.

 

We checked in with our Customer Service Manager, Erin, who promptly named the coverlet. “I knew it was the Kreta Coverlet the moment I saw Jane’s photo. I joined Garnet Hill in 1996, the year the Kreta Coverlet was first offered, and it was one of the first items I owned — 20 years ago!”

The Kreta Coverlet, as featured in our Spring 1999 catalog.

The Kreta Coverlet, as featured in our Spring 1999 catalog.

Thank you, Jane, for the fun trip down memory lane. It makes us want to peruse more vintage Garnet Hill catalogs.

We’d love you to share a Garnet Hill item that stole your heart. Leave a comment here, or post a pic on Instagram @garnethill #garnethill. We may even be able to unearth it in our archives!

Stripe a pose:
the story behind nautical stripes

Nautical Stripes Trend - Essential Sailor Tee

 

Originally called a marinière or Breton-stripe shirt, the classic navy-and-white-striped tee has rocked the boat for decades as a timeless design that’s reminiscent of a seaside resort.

Nautical Stripes Trend - Essential Sailor Tee
Here are some fun facts about everyone’s favorite seafaring stripes:

  • The Breton-stripe tee was born in 1858 as part of the Act of France that named the navy-and-white striped knit part of the uniform for French navy seamen in Brittany.
  • The original design had 21 stripes to signify each of Napoleon’s victories.
  • After a visit to the French coast, Coco Chanel was inspired by the iconic stripes and introduced them to the fashion world as a design element in her collection.
  • Celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, and Jean-Paul Gaultier helped put the style on the fashion map.
  • Hollywood spotlighted the tee on James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955), and Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1956).
  • In 1965 Andy Warhol filmed Kitchen. It starred Edie Sedgwick, who wore the striped top with black tights. The outfit became synonymous with Warhol’s signature style throughout the ‘60s.

These clean, simple stripes remain a classic go-to pattern in our women’s apparel, kids’ clothing, and home collections. What memories do nautical stripes conjure for you? How do you wear your sailor stripes?

King vs. California King – What’s the Difference?

Garnet Hill Wrinkle-Resistant Sateen Bedding on a King Bed

Asked “What’s the difference between a King Bed and a California King Bed?” the easy punchline would be,

The King rules with a scepter; the California King rules with a Hawaiian shirt, sandals and latté.

But no.

The King is four inches wider than the California King.

The California King is four inches longer than the King.

A King Bed (sometimes called an Eastern King Bed) is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. That’s six feet, four inches of width, for two people who really like to spread out. Or one person who REALLY likes to spread out.

The California King is 72 inches wide – still a magnanimous six feet. And it’s 84 inches long: seven feet. Size 18 shoes are often tucked under beds this long. In other homes, kids and dogs have been known to sleep at mom and dad’s feet without waking them. Much.

If you put two extra-long twin beds together, they are the same dimensions as a California King.

Signature Wrinkle-Resistant Sateens are among the most popular bedding we offer in King and California King.

And while you’re checking out our king sheets, check out the season’s latest apparel, too. We’d hate to think the emperor had no clothes.

Garnet Hill Heads to the Hamptons

Garnet Hill Store in Bridgehampton, NYThis year, we’re summering in the Hamptons! We’re opening our retail doors for the season in Long Island’s enchanting east-end enclave of Bridgehampton. The store will give Garnet Hill fans a touch-and-feel experience with our best products: rich bedding in soft linen, crisp cotton, and woven silks, plus cashmere robes, airy cotton fashions, distinctive accessories, and more.

Customers will be able to peruse Garnet Hill’s bedding and home decor, as well as favorites in sleepwear and apparel. The store will offer everything from the authentic European cotton flannel sheets that launched our company, to the full array of beautifully designed products that we’re known for today!

“We’ve put a lot of thought and care into our premiere store’s design and location. And Bridgehampton — with a charming downtown that is both low-key and a destination for home design resources — felt like a perfect fit for us,” says Claire Spofford, Garnet Hill president. “We think customers who know and love us will be excited to ‘meet’ us for the first time and we’ll be a pleasant surprise to new customers as well.”

Located at 2424 Main Street (also known as Montauk Highway) in the center of Bridgehampton’s downtown district, the interior of the 1,700 square foot store juxtaposes the honest simplicity of our New England roots with the comforts and casual glamour of the modern coastal lifestyle.

The official grand opening of the store will happen Saturday, June 27. We’d love to see you there!

Brahms Mount:
Beautiful Blankets Made in Maine

Brahms Mount
Brahms MountModern Comfort, Traditional Maine Design
Synonymous with outstanding quality, timeless details, and Maine craftsmanship, Brahms Mount weaves textiles with a signature design based on classical elements grounded in tradition.

Since 1983, customers have been enchanted by the beauty and comfort of Brahms Mount fabrics. Woven on antique shuttle looms in a historic Maine mill and crafted by seasoned artisans, these fabrics evoke a sense of richness and resilience reminiscent of handwoven heirloom textiles.

Brahms Mount remains passionate about this vision. They are American artisans, weaving the finest natural fibers to deliver luxurious fabrics with superior construction that lasts and lasts.

Learn more about Brahms Mount. For more layering pieces, check out our latest home collection, including blankets and throws.

Essential Elements for a Beautiful Bedding Ensemble, Declassified

Garnet Hill Bedding Guide - Signature Flannel Bedding

Bedding 101: as purveyors of luxurious bedding, we’d like to share some need-to-know information about the different layered elements that make a bed shine.

QUILT VS. COVERLET
Both are intended as a top layer for the bed. They provide decoration and add warmth. The main difference between the two is that quilts are always filled with either a thin layer of batting or flannel, and quilted to hold this fill securely in place. Coverlets tend not to have fill. They frequently get their depth and texture from a jacquard or matelassé pattern woven right into the design.

COMFORTER VS. BLANKET
Comforters are always lofty and quilted whereas blankets can be lofty or woven flat. Our Essentials Collection allows you to pick a blanket or a comforter. The primary difference here is size and fill. The blankets have less fill and are larger, designed to drape beautifully or tuck under a mattress. They are versatile layers any time of year. The comforter is sized to skim the top of the bed, allowing you to turn it down on warmer nights. Comforters can come in a color or print to dress the top of the bed, or as white bedding basics, designed to be inserted into a duvet cover.

DUVET COVER VS. COMFORTER COVER
TomAto, tomato…to us, they’re exactly the same thing. They are fabric enclosures for a comforter (or duvet) to fit neatly inside, so you can change the look of the bed without having to purchase a whole new lofty layer.

Duvet is actually the European term for what we call a comforter. In Europe, if you protect your duvet with a cover, you might not use a flat top sheet. The cover acts as the barrier between you and the comforter. Over the years, we’re become accustomed to incorporating a flat sheet into our bedding ensemble for use with a duvet cover. If you tend to sleep warm, you can peel back the covered duvet and use the flat sheet as a cover.

The important thing to remember is that these covers are designed to have something inside. Our covers have a button closure that runs along the bottom edge. They also have ties in all four corners to anchor your duvet/comforter neatly in place.

Now you can style your bed by selecting the right layers for you. What pieces do you work into your bedding ensembles? For more inspiration, check out our featured room designs and explore our complete home collection.