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The best quality is taken from the eider duck , for its down is known for its effectiveness as a thermal insulator. In Australian English, a duvet is also called a doona. In American English, it may be called a comforter ; however, a comforter is usually a slightly different type of bedding that is not as thick, does not have a cover, and is often used over a top sheet.
In the United Kingdom a duvet is also known as a continental quilt often just shortened to quilt. From Viking times, duvets of eider down were used by people on the northern coast of Norway.
From the 16th century, wealthy people all over Europe began buying and using such duvets. In the story The Princess and the Pea from , H. Andersen tells about a princess lying on 10 eider-down duvets. In the midth century, Thomas Nugent , an Englishman on a grand tour then passing through Westphalia , observed with surprise:. There is one thing very particular to them, that they do not cover themselves with bed-clothes, but lay one feather-bed over, and another under.
This is comfortable enough in winter, but how they can bear their feather-beds over them in summer, as is generally practised, I cannot conceive. A modern duvet, like a sleeping bag , may be filled with down or feathers of various quality and cost, or silk , wool , cotton , or artificial fibers such as polyester batting.
Duvets can reduce the complexity of making a bed, as they can be used without a top sheet, blankets or quilts or other bed covers. Duvets can be made warmer than blankets without becoming heavy. The duvet itself fits into a specially made cover, usually of cotton or a cotton-polyester blend.
The duvet cover can be removed and laundered as often as the bottom sheet and pillow cases. The duvet itself may be cleaned much more rarely, and depending on its contents, may require specialist dry cleaning. While a comforter is fundamentally the same as a duvet in terms of construction, it is used somewhat differently. In the United States, comforters are used on top of the flat sheet, often without a cover.
Duvets are the most common form of bed covering, especially in northern Europe. They became popular throughout the world in the late 20th century. Originally called a continental quilt across Australia , a duvet is now often called a doona , which is the brand name created by Kimptons Northern Feather.
What is a duvet? Sometimes referred to as a comforter (especially in the United States), a duvet is a type of bedding that is a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, or a synthetic alternative. It is protected with a removable cover, the duvet cover. Comforter vs Duvet comparison. Comforters are thick, filled blankets that usually have a decorative design printed on them directly. They are meant to be placed over bed linens. A duvet (UK: / ˈ dj uː v eɪ /, US: / dj uː ˈ v eɪ /; from French duvet, meaning 'down') is a type of bedding consisting of a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers, wool, silk or a synthetic alternative, and typically protected with a removable cover, analogous to a pillow and pillow case.