Kearsley creates the world’s finest linens with a simple formula. We partner with the very best weavers and only use the very best fibers for each category. Unlike most textiles on the market, our fabrics are created by highly experienced artisans in Italy, who work in family-run workrooms in Lombardi, growing, processing, and weaving fibers in the best possible ways and to the highest environmental standard of the EU.
Our flax we use to make our linen is the finest grown in Belgium. Our cotton—especially the Giza 87—is literally the finest cotton on earth. It is the finest, longest and strongest and we are honored to be able to weave with it. Our cashmere is 100% cashmere and is of the finest of quality and woven in Italy and Scotland. Fabrics like our Lenzing™ Modal are made with the environment in mind with natural, low environmental impact materials that are also biodegradable and compostable like the rest of our fibers. None of our fabrics require finishing with chemicals. Because of the quality of our fibers, spinning, and weaving our fabrics are healthier and only get softer with time.
Kearsley is fanatical about perfection in our sewing. Our team creates the strongest long lasting sheets. Long fibers and sewing are vital to longevity.
Our coloring meets the EU highest ecological standards and is incredibly colorfast. As you can see in some of our photos, you can put our white or ivory next to our black or navy and the colors do not run and they stay true.
We believe in reverse engineering bed linens. We start our custom design process by considering the ideal temperature of the sleepers. We account for local climate, whether the sleepers are sharing a bed, air conditioning and season. Special considerations, including laundry are also factored.
Above all, we prioritize the senses of our clients. The feel of perfect sheets are tailored to their preferences and the benefits to their hair and skin.
This is where Kearsley can be a big help to create a bed that works beautifully for you, your family, or your clients. Then with some guidance you can (or we can) design linens that look the way you desire to maximize the beauty of the space they are in.
Heather Kearsley is available as a part of our Bespoke/Couture program to meet with you and/or you and your clients to create just the right linens and we are glad to help you over the phone or via email to select the best linens for your needs.
Our partner Norvegr makes the best down products in the world with three generations of great care for the performance, craftsmanship, environmental and animal responsibility. When combining Kearsley linens with Norvegr down products and a breathable natural mattress, you create a healthy, sublime, beautiful sleeping environment. This is the goal for which we strive, with every detail that goes into our products.
CARE FOR YOUR LINENS
The following are basic care instructions for Kearsley linens. These find linens deserve special care to ensure your continued enjoyment of their luxurious qualities. Please let us know if you would like PDF’s for care instructions in English or Spanish.
If sending your linens out to be cared for, we recommend going with the best quality cleaners. They are not all created equal. You want to ensure your laundry uses clean water and a neutral detergent.
In San Francisco Bay area we recommend Alex’s Dry Cleaning Valet
They recommend Margaret’s the couture cleaner in Southern California
Please note that if your water is hard or unfiltered well water you will need to send out your linens to be laundered and give the laundry the care instructions. Fine sediment in this type of water will wear the sheets out very quickly.
Linens last longer when they are pressed. It is best not to press with starch. Starch eats away at the fibers.
Fastest way to iron is to pull linens out when still damp and spread over a blanket over an island or peninsula to iron. Folded in half speeds things up. Fibers wear out at their ends and ironing smooths out these ends, minimizing the friction points on the linens and prolonging their life. Sadly stuble are tiny razors and pillow cases subjected to 5 o’clock shadow are going to wear far more quickly than the rest of the linens. We recommend ordering an extra set (or two) of pillowcases for those of you with (or sharing a bed with) these fine fiber destroyers on your face.
We have found that the only time our fine cotton pills is when a client has an allergy to and is sleeping with down and feathers.
ABOUT FIBERS, WEAVES & THREAD COUNT
We hope to help make clear many of the facts about fibers, linens, design, sewing and weaving that have been elusive with current marketing trends.
If you would like further clarification please reach out to us.
Kearsley uses very tiny stitches in our sewing, 12-16 stitches per inch. These tiny stitches make for a beautiful finished look as well as a strong long lasting product.
These tiny stitches slow the sewing process down to approximately 1/3 the pace of normal sheeting stitches. French and fully rolled seams are used as much as possible for strong clean construction. Fabrics fail where they are allowed to fray.
The small stitched, and doubled closed hems and seams minimize fray.
Jacquard Weaves are produced from a jacquard loom (named after their inventor Joseph Marie Jacquard). It allows for a precise variety of weaves to be used in combination to create intricate designs.
Originally the loom was invented to work with punch cards and many punch card looms still exist. The new jacquard looms are digitally controlled .
There is no reason to write our own definition on this one. Wikipedia did a great job….”Matelassé (mat-la-SAY) is a weaving or stitching technique yielding a pattern that appears quilted or padded. Matelassé may be achieved by hand, on a jacquard loom, or a quilting machine.
It is meant to mimic the style of hand-stitched quilts made in Marseilles, France. It is a heavy, thick textile that appears to be padded, but actually has no padding within the fabric”.
Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch. One counts warp (length-wise) and weft (width-wise). So 200 lengthwise threads woven with 200 width-wise threads produce a thread count of 400. Thread count has been abused and inaccurately used in marketing linens.
There are many different ways to come up with thread count. The thinner the thread, the more that can be woven into an inch. The coarser threads are 20’s and the finest are 120’s. It is using 100’s and 120’s that allow the true very high thread counts. However, true 1,000+ thread count cotton sheeting is extremely tightly woven and does not breathe adequately. Your body breathes and resets itself while you sleep. This process is a bit humid and it is healthier to have linens that breathe.
We recommend no higher than a Kearsley 600tc or 750tc cotton sateen or 500tc or 800tc cotton percale. Silk is much finer than cotton, so a 1,000 thread count silk is going to breathe more like a 500 or 600 thread count cotton. Linen is a natural wicker of moisture and therefore may be the healthiest in which to sleep. If you prefer cotton, then lower thread counts will be best for humid climates.
Long Staple Egyptian Cotton is the highest quality of a varietal of cotton developed in Egypt. Kearsley sources our Egyptian cotton in Egypt.
There are 38 grades of Egyptian cotton and we only source from the top. Long staple is the top grouping of these grades and is longer than the lower grades. Fibers wear out at their ends, so the longer the fiber, the longer lasting the cotton.
Fabrics can be labeled Egyptian cotton if they contain 10% of the fiber. 100% Egyptian cotton is important. The quality of the fiber is rarely listed
Our Giza 87 cotton offerings are extremely special:
“Giza 87 is the gift made by the cross between Giza 45 and Giza 77. Introduced in 1997, it represents one of the successful attempts to give birth to a top quality Giza Cotton, that could satisfy the estimators, as it is similar to Giza 45 in term of fineness.
As to the properties of Giza 87, fibers are extremely long (36 mm) and have a uniformity index of 89.8%, but what really makes this Cotton exceptional is the fineness of its fibers measured in micronaire, with an average of 3.0, and the degree of brightness equal to 76,6%, the best among the ELS Cotton varieties. The stretching resistance of Giza 87 fibers is also high with an average of 47.0 g/tex.
In terms of resistance, cleanliness and regularity, the unique excellent features of Giza 87 are obvious, used to make extremely fine and strong yarns & fabrics that have an extraordinary soft and silky consistency. This kind of yarn is smaller in diameter yet stronger than yarns made by other cotton varieties. Finer yarn means that the more threads per square can be used to create strong fabric which has less weight, so it is precisely for this reason that Giza 87 combines softness and durability properties”.
Our Giza 87 offerings are: Layla Piqué, Alexandra 700tc Sateen, and Safiya 500tc Percale.
Silk is a fine, strong, soft, lustrous fiber produced by silkworms in making cocoons and collected to make thread and fabric. Silk does require extra care in laundering.
Silk fill in a duvet is incredible warm and light weight.
Sateen Weave is a one sided and directional weave. It gives a silk-like touch. Warp yarns are floated three over and one under weft yarns, giving it a very smooth finish.
Sateen is made with spun yarns instead of filament. This gives it an initial sheen which fades somewhat with washing.
Ironing slightly restores the finish. However, it stays beautifully soft throughout it’s life and shows wrinkles less than a percale (plain) weave. ~ Kearsley Sateen Weaves: Art Deco Matelasse, Aspen, Deluxe, Essentials Sateen, Monaco, San Francisco, Soleil Sateen & Venice
Percale or Plain Weave is just that. It is like an Oxford cloth with a one over one under weave. While it is strong, it does show wrinkles.
Its fans like it for its crispness. Percale is typically 200 thread count or higher.
US Bed Sizes
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