without the need for an added bedspread. Duvet covers and comforters also come with matching pillow cases. Blankets aren’t usually used as bedspreads and most prefer a bedsheet layer between their skin and the blanket.
The loft or thickness of the filling of batting determines the weight of the covering as well as the level of insulation it will provide i.e. how warm it will be. Quilts, fleece blankets and dohars make excellent coverings for infants and babies because they provide warmth without being too fluffy or thick.
Depending on the batting material for quilts and the loft especially for duvets and comforters, the covering will drape differently. While this may not be a key criterion in choosing a covering, it will affect the final look of the bed. For example bamboo batting has a soft drape while 100% cotton batting is quite stiff in the beginning and need to be used a lot to loosen up. Additionally, a thicker covering like a comforter with wool filling will not have a soft drape.
Bed linen for children, households with pets or bed linen used by people with allergies would have to be washed pretty often. Lightweight dohars and quilts as well as cotton, polyester or fleece blankets can easily be hand or machine washed. Read the maintenance instructions carefully as some dyes may bleed. The heavier and thicker the covering, the more difficult it is to wash. As such, heavier wool blankets and quilts with thicker batting might prove difficult to launder. This is also why people usually prefer duvets to comforters as you only have to wash the duvet cover. To keep the duvet clean, vacuuming and a few hours of sunning should do the trick. Using a machine to wash a comforter may flatten the filling or make it lumpy. In such case, you might have to consider getting it professionally cleaned.
It is recommended to buy separate, twin-sized coverings for children. If you or your partner move around a lot in your sleep, you might consider separate coverings as well. If you are going in for a shared covering, get a size that is one size bigger than your bed to be able to sleep comfortably while not being so large that it falls over the sides on to the floor if you use it as a bedspread.
Where To Buy
The range of quilts by Safomasi are hand quilted and made from 100% cotton cover and filling. Their hand screen-printed patterns are inspired by their travels and adventures. The vibrant designs and joyful prints feature original and unique illustrations.
Fabindia’s collection of cotton dohars and quilts feature beautiful hand-block prints, hand-screen prints and Dabu prints. They also feature traditional embellishments like Gudri embroidery.
Himeya offers a range of duvet covers with matching pillow covers in materials like percale, sateen and cotton linen. From subtle solids and rich hues to calming prints and subtle geometrics, there is a vast selection to choose from. They also offer a collection of quilts and dohars in luxurious cotton varieties.
4. Little West Street
Little West Street has a wonderful range of organic cotton and muslin dohars and quilts for babies and kids. They also offer bedding sets that make decorating your little one’s room a dream.
5. Divine Casa
For microfibre comforters, browse through the colourful and patterned range by Divine Casa.
6. Raymond Home
Raymond Home has a collection of blankets made from polyester, wool and wool blends perfect for various conditions from AC blankets to heavy winter blankets.
7. Nila House
Nila house offers quilts that are made by the rural communities in India. Some of these are made with techniques that ensure that the no fabric goes waste in production. Even with their simple designs, the products are striking and comfortable.
Saphed is known for creating naturally textured, organically dyed and ethically made bed sheets. These come in a variety of colours, right from neutral shades to bold bright ones.
Handcrafted by women that come from underprivileged backgrounds across India, Okhai offers contemporary designs through various products. They offer a range of quilts and bedcovers made from pure cotton.
10. House of Ekam
House of Ekam has a collection of quilts in a variety of designs. Right from contemporary to traditional motifs and patterns are found here. The products are made from high thread count cotton fabric which is layered with block printed muslin fabric. These come as a set with pillows and a storage bag.