During the 19th century into the 20th century, the United Kingdom was not interested in duvets since the quilt popularity was spreading in areas of Europe including Scandinavia who used them because they were well insulated to protect against the cold winter nights. Some Britons started to use these duvets while most people continued to use blankets, sheets and bed throws.
In the 1960’s, the British accepted the Scandinavia’s duvets after the Second World War during years of severely hard times. The days of having domestic servants were long gone and the demands of time it took to make the traditional British bedding was more and more impractical. With the increase of furniture retail stores, the duvets were quickly replacing the blankets in most household throughout the country.
The duvets were very popular in the 1970’s Britain and were called the “Continental Quilt”. Sir Terence Conran discovered that the duvets were being used in Sweden and he had become the first to market the duvets in Britain in 1964.
The modern day duvets have many fillings with natural feathers or down, Alpaca and also man-made polyester materials. The Alpaca fillings are far more superior in quality because of their comfort and they are allergy-free. The duvet itself fits into a specialty made cover of cotton or cotton blends.
Today, life without a duvet is unthinkable as they are used for bed covers, comfort and also for curling up on the sofa. There are many styles, materials, thickness and fillings that are able to be used all year long depending on the season. There are heavy weighs for the colder months and light weighs for the spring and summer months.
Duvets also reduce the complexity of making the bed by using a single cover rather than blankets, quilts and other coverings. To care for your duvet cover, you should remove and laundered it along with the sheets and pillow cases. The duvet itself may be cleaned less often and of course, it depends on the material and the filling such as down and feather filling may require professional dry cleaning.