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Quilt. Traditionally composed of three layers of fiber, quilts consist of a woven cloth top, a layer of batting and a woven back, all stitched together in decorative patterns. Different from other forms of bed covers because they are generally pieced together with many pieces of cloth, quilts are occasionally found with a single piece of fabric on the top (a whole-cloth quilt).
There are numerous classic patterns and traditions regarding the design and characteristics of quilts. Many are made or given to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a family member leaving home, and graduations.
One of my all-time favorite coverlets is Othello, from Peacock Alley. It comes in three colors and the matelasse design is super versatile, looking great on both formal, tailored beds as well as more laid-back looks, either as a standalone textile or among a more layered composition. And, it's machine washable, to boot.
In this design, a coverlet is wrapped over a duvet and duvet cover to tame the inevitable puffiness. A throw at the end of the bed adds just enough texture and an additional layer to make the composition interesting and inviting.