Sara is responsible for poking a BIG hole in our design egos. It was May 27th at approximately 3:39 pm and she asked us… get ready for it)… to define what a duvet was. Yep, a simple question that we all thought for sure we could answer with ease and elegance because of course we knew what a duvet was… right?? Well, not right because we couldn’t. For some Monday design laughs and ANSWERS, here is our duvet discussion:
Ok Mal, you’ve got it. Let’s chat. I think it’s important, for everyone’s education, to talk about the difference between a duvet and a comforter. Guys they ARE NOT the same thing. A comforter is a single, ready to rock you to sleep, pretty quilted, down-filled blanket and a duvet is a two parter . . . the cover and the quilted insert (not pretty enough to leave uncovered, and generally much harder to wash, hence the cover).
Now I’m not a language scholar (surprised??) but it actually makes sense to me that a duvet requires two parts. It’s like the French and Italian languages were like, “hey let’s take our two words for “TWO” (duo and deux) and make a fancy word for cloud-like bedding.” That statement is based on zero facts, but it doesn’t seem that crazy, right?? I think I’m on to something 🙂 So when you are referring to a duvet, you are talking about the two pieces that create it, not a singular thing you put on your bed.
Duvet = The Cover + The Insert. If you are missing either of those pieces it’s not a full duvet.*
*EDIT: Thank you everyone in the comments for sharing all your Duvet knowledge!! It turns out that the word “Duvet” actually means “down” (as in, down feathers), and the duvet is the INSERT only. The duvet cover is just the duvet cover. 🙂
Ok that’s it for today but we have to know, did you KNOW?? Or were you always confused about the difference between a duvet, a duvet cover, and a duvet insert? Speaking of duvets, if you want to know Emily’s current favorites check out this post.
Are there any other design terms that you are also confused about? Let’s talk about them together in the comments.
Love you, mean it.
Opening Image Credit: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: The Portland Master Bedroom Reveal