Frequently Asked Questions
What is the origin of Dyne down used in our quilts and pillows?
Dyne feather and down is independently sourced from Europe from geese and ducks proven to be raised on open range farms in sub zero temperatures, this gives a quality down that far surpasses anything sourced from a warmer climate.
What is fill power?
“Fill Power” is a term used that tells the quality or insulating value of the down. The higher the fill power the better/stronger the down is. A quilt with a high fill power (800) is a lighter quilt for equivalent warmth to a low fill power. Be wary of cheap quilts that state high fill powers – you get what you pay for.
What is the difference between down and feather?
Down is a three dimensional cluster that can trap air in its filaments, creating loft and warmth for very little weight. Feather is two dimensional and has very little ability to trap air, therefore it becomes more of a weight warmth.
Why can there be such a price difference between different quilts?
People often wonder how some retailers can sell down quilts so cheaply while other seem to charge so much more. Down does come in different qualities and higher quality comes at a cost but offers considerably more comfort and longevity. If the quilt states just ‘down’ or ‘white down’ and does not state goose it is probably duck down. Also if it states ‘goose’ only and not down it is probably a mixture of feather and down. Another cost factor is the cleanliness of the down, the more the down is washed, degreased, sorted and dried, the cleaner and better the down is. Unfortunately these steps cost money and many manufacturers take short cuts to lower their costs and price. Do your research and buy from someone who specialises in feather and down bedding manufacturing.
Duck down or Goose down – that is the question?
A duck is a smaller bird than a goose and produces a smaller down cluster therefore for equivalent warmth in a quilt you need a higher fill weight. A mature goose down also has a stronger down cluster giving you the ultimate in lightness, warmth and longevity. The region where the bird comes from can also make a difference. If a duck is bred in a sub zero climate they will grow a better down cluster than a goose that is bred in a warm climate, so be aware of where your quilt has been manufactured and the origin of the filling.
Pure down – fact or fiction?
Except for eiderdown that is handpicked, almost all commercially available down is machine sorted. Machines separate the down from the small feathers by air suspension, lighter materials floating into the higher down content chamber, while heavier materials (feathers) fall to the lower chamber. It is near impossible to separate the small neck feathers from the down so all down quilts will have a small (5 – 10%) component of the small neck feather. This small neck feather is not spiky and really cannot be felt in a good quality down quilt or pillow.
Are your products environmentally friendly and chemical free?
Most definitely. The feather and down in guaranteed to be treated at a minimum core temperature of 130 degrees Celsius without the use of any chemicals, this ensures that any bacteria are eliminated and you are not sleeping with potentially harmful chemical residue. Our fabric is also manufactured to OEKO-TEX standard 100 which ensures no chemicals are used in its manufacture.
Where are your quilts and pillows manufactured?
All of our feather and down products are manufactured here in Daw Park South Australia, this ensures that we can cater for any individual requirements and that we can also offer all of our clients the highest after sales service available.
What if my partner and myself have different warmth requirements?
We can easily fix this problem with our Marriage Saver quilts. Thee quilts have different warmth rating on either side to cater for those who sleep at different ambient temperatures in bed. Please feel free to call us on 08 82779544 and we can assist you to make the perfect bedding for yourself.
Are baffled boxed quilts a good idea?
Over the past few years they have become very popular but most people do not realise that the filling will eventually move thru the small fill holes in each square that cannot be sewn off. Unfortunately this means that the centre of the quilt will eventually be empty and there is no way to move it back again, also as they cannot be adjusted if you do purchase the wrong warmth there is nothing that can be done to adjust it.
What are the advantages of a channel design quilt?
The main advantage is the feather and down can be removed and rejuvenated without damaging the downs. A channel design also allows you to have control over the warmth that you need throughout the seasons. This means that on warmer nights you can push the filling to the end of the bed and on colder nights fluff it back up to stay snuggly and warm. As our body changes over the years we can also add or remove from a channel design to ensure you get a lifetime of use from your quilt. You can also take advantage of our 12 month adjustment service, so we can adjust your quilt if you find it is not quite right for you. If you do find the fill is moving to the end constantly it probably only means that it needs rejuvenation as the downs will curl when body perspiration is absorbed, no need to throw it out just send it back to us for rejuvenation every 3 – 5 years.
Are your quilts allergy free?
Dust mite faeces is a significant irritant to millions of asthma and allergy sufferers around the world. Researchers in New Zealand have discovered that synthetic quilts and pillows contain seven times more allergens than traditional feather and down bedding. Scientists at Wellington School of Medicine believe that the difference comes because of the looser weave of material containing synthetic bedding, allowing dust mite allergens to pass through freely and remain in your bedding. Whereas the closely woven fabric that houses feather and down prevents the penetration of these dust mite allergens
CAN A BOXED STITCHED QUILT BE ADJUSTED?
Unfortunately no we cannot remove the filling or add any filling unless the entire casing is replaced, this is one of the reasons we reccomend the channel design that can be adjusted.