Duvet Covers are simply a decorative casing for a duvet insert. Duvet inserts are made of down or an eco-down fill and are tyically baffled to keep the feathers in place then have a white cotton casing. Duvet is a French term meaning down and we offer many styles and sizes. The duvet "envelope" will button, tie or fold at one end to keep the duvet insert inside. This is the top, exposed layer of bedding placed on top of the quilt, coverlet or matelasse - at times it can be folded down to drape across the end of the bed as a "runner" showcasing the quilt or coverlet beneath. One benefit of a duvet is you can use the same insert, then easily change the style or color of bedding by using a different duvet cover.
Comforters are much like duvets, but they are sewn together, keeping the feather or trillium insides in place. The appearance is similar to a duvet but they are all one connected piece. Comforters are typically thicker and provide more warmth than a coverlet or quilt. A bedspread is similar to a comforter but is somewhat thinner and longer, so it can cover the entire bed size as well as sleeping pillows nicely.
Quilt, Coverelet, Matelasse - These are all typically a thinner, quilted layer with decorative edges with little to no fill. They add some warmth as well as added texture to the layering of bed. Typically, some of the accent pillow shams will coordinate with either the duvet/comforter as well as the quilts or coverlet used. At times the finished layers are not all the layers you would sleep under, but the pieces that make the finished bed. The layers serve as options for adding and eliminating for warmth as needed.