Gold Scallop Pillow – The background of cushions is very interesting as we observe the progression of cushions from ancient times to the present day.
The shape together with the contents of the pillow have shifted over time. Back in Greece, the wealthier people rested their feet and heads on embroidered cushions and cushions. The Egyptians believed that the head is the seat of life and put much attention lavishly on the cushions of people who were dead and laid to rest.
The thought that the soft cushion stole the body’s energy so that they made their cushions of wood, ceramic or leather materials. They believed that if they would put herbs to the pillow it would heal ailments and it might turn white hair black, revive lost teeth and give sweet dreams.
The bolsters were frequently the width of the bed and stuffed with downward or some kind of batting and then sewn shut. They put them against the headboard to encourage the cushions. Along the side of the bolster, was put a pair of cushions at each end. The sleeper ended up sleeping in an almost upright position. This thought continued up into the mid-1800’s believing it was beneficial for the body.
From the 19th and 20th centuries, bed cushions began to carry on a brand new look and became fancier in their look. Large square cushions were put in the decorative pillow cover and then placed against the cushions which were used to sleep on.
From the 1840’s when cotton became easier to obtain, American women hand weaved pillow cases and decorate them with their needlepoint and putting their initials on each pillow case. With the American textile business booming through the 1800’s, covers for cushions went from linen to cotton ticking which is still seen on cushions today’s.
Traditionally, the cushions were filled with down and feathers but as these shifted so the outer material changed too. Natural batting was replaced by artificial polyester filler since it was able to retain its shape. It was less expensive and easier to launder.
The usage of expensive down is the best filler. It is produced from a light, fluffy undercoating of a duck. Down has a quill point but no shaft which makes it more resilient. Countless clusters are found in downward and it traps warm atmosphere hence preventing heat from being lost. Duck down is little, plentiful and less expensive. The fill power of down is rated by volume of the space is steps. The higher the volume, the better the load power. Although feathers are strong, they are not soft. In American cushions, duck feathers are a most commonly used filler. Some manufacturers will combine down with feathers to make a more comfortable and less expensive pillow.
Polyester is a synthetic material that’s also popular. A less costly polyester is one of constant solid filament which has a good form but sadly, loses the attic sooner. An improved polyester is the Hollofill which has a continuous filament fiber which has a hollow heart which provides the cushion more attic for a longer period of time compared to less expensive grade polyester.
The pillow casing is determined by the cushion filling. Normally the pillow casing is most frequently cotton or cotton polyester using the weave changing according to the filling that’s used. Feather and down dentures will probably need an expensive and densely tight woven fabric that will keep the bottoms out of puncturing the casing and poking the sleeper and will keep all of the fine down from coming out of the fabric.
These fabric casings occasionally have starch on them through manufacturing making them more pliable and less able for the feathers to penetrate the fabric.