What's the difference between a Coverlet, Blanket, and Matelassé?

What's the difference between a Coverlet, Blanket, and Matelassé?

It's not uncommon to find oneself navigating the world of home textiles and feeling a bit perplexed by the seemingly subtle differences between a coverlet, a blanket, and a matelassé. These three items, while distinct in their own right, share a common thread of comfort and style, making it remarkably easy to confuse them. Yet, as we embark on this journey of unraveling their unique qualities, you'll discover that each possesses its own purpose, texture, and charm, allowing you to make informed choices that elevate both the aesthetics and comfort of your living spaces. Let's unravel the intricacies of these three textile treasures, one thread at a time.

Firstly, let's consider the coverlet. A coverlet is a lightweight, decorative bedspread that typically covers the top of the bed, falling gracefully over the sides. It's designed to add a touch of elegance to your bedding ensemble without adding much warmth. Coverlets often feature intricate patterns, stitching, or quilting that enhance their aesthetic appeal. They are versatile and can be used as a standalone bed covering or layered with other bedding for added warmth and style.  (Below is a close-up of our Amsterdam coverlet in Shore Blue)

In contrast, a blanket serves a more utilitarian purpose. A blanket is a thicker, heavier piece of bedding primarily used for warmth. It can be made from a variety of materials, such as fleece, cotton, or wool, and is designed to provide insulation and comfort. Blankets come in various sizes and styles, including plush, woven, or knit, making them suitable for different seasons and preferences. While blankets can also be aesthetically pleasing, their primary function is to keep you cozy and comfortable. (Below our plaid Copenhagen blanket in White/Olive.)

Now, let's explore the world of matelassé. Matelassé refers to a unique weaving or stitching technique used to create a textured fabric with a raised, quilted appearance. Matelassé fabrics are often used to make coverlets or shams, combining the decorative charm of a coverlet with the tactile appeal of quilting. The result is a luxurious, slightly puffed texture that adds sophistication and depth to your bedding. Matelassé coverlets are renowned for their intricate patterns and can be used as lightweight bed coverings or as elegant layering pieces. (Below is a close-up of our Chatham matelassé in Cream.)

In summary, a coverlet is a decorative, lightweight bedspread that enhances the visual appeal of your bedding, a blanket is a heavier, insulating layer designed for warmth and comfort, and matelassé refers to a unique fabric and stitching technique that creates a textured, quilted look often used for an added touch of elegance. Each of these bedding options serves a distinct purpose and can be chosen based on your preferences for both style and comfort in creating your ideal bedroom sanctuary.

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