Quilted Pillow Covers White – The background of pillows is very interesting as we watch the progression of pillows from ancient times to the present day.
The shape along with the contents of this pillow have changed over time. In Greece, the wealthier people rested their heads and feet on upholstered cushions and pillows. The Egyptians thought that the head is the seat of life and place much focus lavishly on the pillows of those who were deceased and put to rest.
The Chinese thought that the soft cushion stole the body’s vitality so they made their pillows of wood, ceramic or leather materials. They thought that if they would put herbs into the pillow it’d heal diseases and it could turn white hair, revive lost teeth and give sweet dreams.
For centuries, people had their heads increased not only with pillows but used large cylinder shaped bolsters. The bolsters were frequently the width of the bed and filled with down or some form of batting and sewn shut. They placed them against the headboard to encourage the pillows. Along the face of the bolster, was placed a pair of pillows at each end. The sleeper ended up sleeping in an almost upright position. This thought continued up into the mid-1800’s thinking it was advantageous for the body.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, bed pillows started to take on a brand new appearance and became fancier within their appearance. Large square pillows were placed in the decorative pillow cover and then placed against the pillows that were used to maneuver on.
In the 1840’s when cotton became easier to get, American girls hand weaved pillow cases and decorate them with their needlepoint and placing their initials on each pillow case. Together with the American textile industry prospering throughout the 1800’s, covers for pillows went from linen to cotton ticking which is still seen on pillows today’s.
Traditionally, the pillows were filled with down and feathers but as these changed so the outer substance changed as well. Natural batting has been replaced by artificial polyester filler as it was able to retain its shape. It was less costly and easier to launder.
The batting or filling is the important feature of the pillow. The use of pricey down is the ideal filler. Thousands of clusters are found in down and it traps warm atmosphere thus preventing heat from becoming lost. Duck down is little, plentiful and more affordable. The fill power of down is rated by quantity of this space is steps. The greater the quantity, the greater the fill power. Although feathers are powerful, they are not soft. In American pillows, duck feathers are a most commonly used filler. Some manufacturers will combine up with feathers to make a more comfortable and less costly pillow.
Polyester is a synthetic substance that is also popular. A cheaper polyester is one of constant solid filament that has a good form but sadly, loses the attic sooner. An improved polyester is the Hollofill that has a continuous filament fiber that has a hollow heart which provides the cushion more attic for a lengthier time period than the less expensive grade polyester.
The pillow casing is decided by the cushion filling. Normally the pillow casing is most frequently cotton or cotton polyester with the weave varying determined by the filling that is being used. Feather and down fillings will need an expensive and densely tight woven fabric that will keep the shafts from round the casing and poking the sleeper and will keep all the down from coming out of the cloth.
These fabric casings occasionally have starch on them during production which makes them stiffer and less in charge of the feathers to penetrate the cloth.