Product & Certifications Glossary
Acacia Wood: Acacia trees are native to Australia and Africa but can also be found in Asia and the Americas. Acacia wood is naturally smooth and rich in color with a distinctive and beautiful natural wood grain. It is known for its durability and water-resistance, so it won’t scratch easily. In addition, acacia wood is naturally antibacterial making it safe to use when serving or preparing food.
Acrylic: Fabrics made with acrylic are both warm and lightweight. Acrylic is soft, resilient, and elastic, with excellent resistance to sunlight and weathering.
Baffled Box Construction: A baffle is an internal wall of fabric that separates the top and bottom layers of fabric in a comforter, featherbed, or pillow. A baffle provides better loft and distribution of fill than standard constructions.
Bamboo: Soft as silk for a fraction of the price, bamboo is one of the world's most sustainable resources. Its moisture-wicking, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and odor-resistant qualities make it ideal for bedding and towels.
Bedspread: A bedspread is a decorative cover for the bed. It is designed to cover the entire bed—up over the pillows and down to the floor.
Binding: Binding is a type of finished border. A different material is added or woven to the edge to create a finished border, usually decorative.
Carded Cotton: Acrylic Carding is an important step in the processing of many textiles, ensuring that debris is removed while aligning the fibers to make them easier to spin. Without carding, cotton threads would be coarse and extremely fragile.
Cashmere: Cashmere is a fine, soft wool made from the undercoat of cashmere goats. Cashmere wool is famous for its luxurious softness, warmth, breathability and durability.
Cashmere Wool: Made from the fine downy undercoat hair of the Tibetan cashmere goat, Cashmere wool is famous for its luxurious softness, warmth, breathability and durability.
Chambray: Made of cotton or linen, chambray is a lightweight, plain-weave fabric. Its soft and textured denim look is achieved by weaving undyed yarns across colored yarns.
Coir: Coir, or coconut fiber, is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of the coconut. Skilled artisans process the fibers into a fine yarn used in floor mats, brushes, and mattresses.
Combed Cotton: Removing short fibers and impurities from harvested cotton, makes combed cotton extremely soft and strong. It is the highest quality cotton available and the only cotton used at The Company Store.
Company Conscious™: The Company Conscious™ Collection includes a comforter and pillow with either down or down alternative fill. The down alternative options use a polyfill made from recycled water bottles and earth friendly TENCEL™ Lyocell. The down options are filled with a blend of recycled and virgin down. All of the comforters and pillows in the collection are encased in a sateen woven shell of cotton and TENCEL™ Lyocell, which is produced from the wood of sustainably sourced trees.
Corduroy: Corduroy is a medium-weight cotton fabric made with ridges that run lengthwise across the fabric.
Cotton: The most well-known and widely used of all the natural fibers, cotton is valued for its softness, breathability, and absorbency. At The Company Store we use only combed cotton, the highest quality available.
Coverlet: A coverlet is a versatile top layer for the bed. It is smaller than a bedspread and designed to cover the top of the bed just past the box spring. It can also be used as a blanket or be folded at the foot of the bed for an extra layer of warmth or decoration.
Damask: Damask is a reversible, jacquard-patterned fabric and is often used to describe elaborate floral patterns.
Denim: Denim is a sturdy, medium-weight fabric made with a twill weave. The signature material of jean pants and jackets, denim is renowned for its sturdiness and durability.
Dobby Pattern: A dobby pattern is a design that contains simple geometric forms or motifs, made on a loom with a spherical harness control mechanism called a dobby head.
Down: Warm and comfortable, lightweight and breathable, down is Mother Nature’s most efficient insulator. Down clusters contain only soft, fluffy filaments, providing a filling that maintains an even body temperature to fit all seasons and climates. The Company Store's down is hypoallergenic, and our supplier is RDS Certified, ensuring the down is ethically sourced.
Down Alternative: For those with sensitivities to standard down, down alternative is a synthetic fill used in pillows, comforters, and mattress pads which mimics the loftiness and insulating qualities of down.
Down Blend: Often used in support items such as pillows, featherbeds, and mattress pads, down blend combines down and feathers to create a fill with the perfect mix of softness and support.
Down Feather Pillow: Looking for a pillow with the softness of down fill and the support of feather fill? A down feather pillow lets you to have the best of both worlds. It’s the perfect balance of support, firmness, and price.
Egyptian Cotton: Grown in Egypt's warm climate, Egyptian cotton is the world’s highest quality cotton. Its fine, extra-long fibers are about twice the length of typical cotton fibers, giving it incredible softness without sacrificing strength.
Faux Fur: Faux fur is made of woven or knitted fabrics with a pile surface that simulates the fur of animals. Furlike fabrics can be made from many types of natural and man-made fibers and blends.
Featherbed: A luxury item enjoyed by Europeans for centuries, the featherbed springs back to shape with every turn, easing pressuer on joints and cradling you in soothing comfort. Filled with either down, feathers, or a down-feather blend, there’s a perfect combination of firmness and warmth for every type of sleeper!
Fill Power: Fill power measures the amount of air an ounce of down can trap, thus its insulating ability. Higher fill power indicates more warmth for the same weight. The Company Store offers comforters with 500 to 750 fill power in a variety of warmth weights to provide the perfect amount of insulation for a great night's sleep.
Flannel: Renowned for its cozy softness and warmth, flannel is a woven cotton or wool fabric popular during the colder months. Flannel undergoes a unique brushing process that lifts its fibers, creating a plush texture and tiny pockets that trap air for more insulating warmth. In addition to traditional cotton flannel, The Company Store offers a selection of certified organic flannel in solids and prints.
Fleece: A soft, thickly napped fabric, fleece is exceptionally warm and lightweight. Its soft and fuzzy feel is produced by vigorously brushing the fabric to raise its fibers, building air pockets that provide superior insulation.
Garment Washing: Garment washing is the practice of shrinking fabrics prior to their manufacturing, so your clothing, bedding, or other textiles don’t shrink, de-shape, or fade after the first wash.
GSM: Grams per square meter is the weight of a fabric if you take a one meter by one meter square piece and weight it in grams. A towel with higher GSM will be denser and more absorbent than a towel with low GSM. In a blanket or throw, a low GSM indicates lightweight.
Hydrocool: With its proprietary moisture management technology, Hydrocool™ polyester fiber fill accelerates the evaporation of body moisture while you sleep, keeping you cooler throughout the night.
Jacquard: Jacquard is a type of cloth featuring intricate variegated weaves or patterns. The beauty of the jacquard loom is that it allows for the weaving of hundreds of threads to create unique designs rather than having them printed on the surface.
Jacquard Woven: Jacquard fabric features a raised pattern that is woven onto the fabric. The jacquard loom allows for the weaving of hundreds of threads to create designs rather than printing them on the surface. Popular jacquard designs include damasks, florals, and geometrics.
Jersey Knit: Soft, stretchy and relaxed, jersey knit sheets have the same comfy, broken-in feel as your favorite t-shirt. Naturally breathable and wrinkle-resistant, these sheets are easy to care for and feel great against your skin.
Latex: Latex is breathable, durable, antimicrobial, and instantly responsive – the perfect material for premium pillows and mattress pads. Latex conforms to your body’s contours, prevents dust mites and mold, and performs the same at all temperatures.
Lifetime Guarantee: With our Lifetime Guarantee, we will gladly accept returns at any time and will offer you an exchange or merchandise credit towards a new product (excluding delivery fees).
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Linen: The world’s oldest textile, linen is woven from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is stronger and more lustrous than cotton and has a crisp hand. It’s a breathable fabric that wicks away moisture and gets softer with each wash, creating a relaxed, easy look.
LoftAIRE: Made for those with sensitivities to down, LoftAIRE is The Company Store's exclusive, high-quality synthetic microfiber which mimics the loftiness and insulating properties of down to give you the closest thing to the real deal.
Long-staple Cotton Yarn: A long-staple cotton yarn means that it doesn't break therefore it won't lint as much. It is more pure, fine, durable and softer than traditional cotton which is made extra soft during the spinning process. Supima® cotton and Egyptian cotton are considered long-staple cottons.
Matelassé: Matelasse is a centuries-old weaving technique that yields a pattern that appears quilted and multidimensional. This unique texture becomes richer with each wash.
Mélange: The term melange refers to the mix of fibers that are cross dyed to create a heathered effect.
Memory Foam: Memory foam is made of high-density, temperature-sensitive cells that mold to the contours of your body, reducing pressure points and providing customized comfort. Memory foam conforms to your shape by becoming softer in warmer areas where your body makes the most contact with the surface and remaining firmer in cooler areas where there is less body contact.
Merino Wool: Finely spun fiber from the Merino sheep, Merino wool sets the gold standard for woolen fabrics. It is the softest, warmest, most breathable and durable of all types of wools.
Micro Cotton®: is a luxury brand of premium bed and bath linens made from high-quality, extra-long staple cotton fibers that are meticulously woven into carefully designed products by master weavers. Micro Cotton® bed linens are soft and silky smooth to the touch, naturally comfortable and perfect for year-round use. Micro Cotton® towels are lighter yet absorb at a higher rate than traditional ring-spun towels. The Micro Cotton® technology is basically proprietary spinning techniques using a good long staple that results in products that are soft, durable, and do not lint or pill.
Nylon: Renowned for its exceptional strength, resiliency, wrinkle-resistance, and shrink-resistance, Nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic fiber. Often blended with wool, cotton, or other fibers to improve its performance even more, Nylon is easy to wash and quick to dry.
Organic Cotton: Certified by independent third parties, organic cotton is grown under highly controlled conditions without the use of herbicides, pesticides or other artificial chemicals. The Company Store uses only 100% certified all-natural organic cotton.
Percale: Cool, crisp, and lightweight, percale is a plain-weave fabric that’s smooth to the touch and perfect for people who get warm while sleeping. Percale resists pilling and gets better over time – becoming even crisper and cooler the more you wash it.
Pima Cotton: An extra-long staple cotton which ranks just behind Egyptian and Supima® cotton in terms of luxury, Pima cotton is renowned for its softness, luster, moisture-wicking, and durability. Named for the Pima Indians who first helped raise it, Pima cotton grows in select warm and dry climates in the southwestern US, Australia, and Peru.
Plush: With a longer pile than velvet, but not as densely woven, plush fabrics are irresistibly soft and lightweight, making for the perfect year-round bedding, blanket, or apparel.
Polyester: Polyester is a synthetic fiber used in many different forms, including fabrics and fills. Polyester fill is an effective and hypoallergenic alternative to down fill used in pillows, comforters, quilts, and more.
Polypropylene: Polypropylene is a synthetic fiber used for satiny silk-like fabrics or heavy wool-like yarns with strengths comparable to nylon.
Poplin: Poplin is a medium-weight, cotton fabric designed with fine horizontal ribs that is soft to the touch and smooth against your skin.
PrimaLoft®: The premier down alternative fill for luxury bedding, PrimaLoft® is an ultra-fine, polyester microfiber that traps heat, wicks away moisture, and insulates against the cold. It is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, water-resistant, and assembled in our La Crosse, Wisconsin factory here in the USA.
Quilt: A quilt is traditionally created with three layers of fiber: a woven top cloth, a layer of fill, and a woven back – sewn together using a quilting technique. There are many variations in the construction and design of quilts, all with their own style and flair. These include patchwork quilts, applique quilts, embroidered quilts, and more.
Rayon Made From Bamboo: Rayon made from bamboo is moisture-wicking, antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and odor-resistant, making it ideal for bedding and towels. The bamboo plant is one of the world's most sustainable resources.
Ring-spun Cotton: Ring-spun cotton is created by twisting and winding yarns simultaneously and continuously, enhancing the softness, smoothness and durability of the fabric.
Sateen: Sateen is a cotton fabric prized for its soft, silky touch and subtle sheen. Made with a weave that leaves more yarn exposed on the face of the fabric, the resulting finish is softer, silkier, and more lustrous than other fabrics.
Satin: Satin is a smooth and glossy fabric that is made from different synthetic materials, such as polyester, nylon, and rayon.
Seersucker: Seersucker is a lightweight, color-striped, woven fabric that is permanently puckered or crinkled during manufacturing, giving it a less wrinkled look.
Self-Hem: Self-hem is a type of finished border. The material is folded and sewn to create a finished border.
Serene Foam™: Serene Foam™ increases support during sleep without compromising comfort – reducing pressure on critical areas of the body, such as hips and shoulders, to prevent tossing and turning throughout the night. Rest easy while millions of air support cells provide the gentle stability required for a good night’s sleep.
Silk: Silk is a natural protein fiber that can be woven into textiles. It has excellent drape and a luxurious hand.
Space Dyeing: Space dyeing is a coloration technique used to create yarn with two or more colors along its length (e.g. a segment of red followed by a segment of blue, repeated along the length of the yarn.)
Stone Washing: Stone washing is a technique which gives unworn garments a used, faded look. These items are softer and more comfortable to wear, and they have a more casual appearance. Pumice stones, which are lightweight and porous, are added to the laundry mix to provide the abrasion for the worn look.
Sunbrella®: Sunbrella fibers are saturated to the core with highly UV-stable pigments, making Sunbrella fabrics resistant to fading and the degrading effects of sunlight. Resists mold and mildew, and easily cleaned with bleach.
Sunproof®: Ultraviolet blocking agents are applied to all Sunproof® fabrics which make them resistant to the fading effects of prolonged sunlight, wind, rain, and humidity. Sunproof® fabrics are also stain-resistant and water-repellant, keeping your furniture looking new season after season.
Supima Cotton: Only the top 3% of all cotton grown in the USA earns the label of Supima®—superior pima. All Supima® is 100% American grown pima cotton, prized for its incredible softness, durability, and ability to absorb moisture and retain color. Fun fact, The Company Store® and “Pima’s” first cotton farm were both “born” in the same year, 1911.
Supima Cotton Certification Asset: SUPIMA® is a premium cotton brand that ranks in the top 1% of the world's finest cotton. All SUPIMA®extra-long staple cotton products are made from cotton grown exclusively in Far West and Southwestern U.S. particularly in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and California. We certify that our vendors are upholding the highest standards of quality and distribution of their SUPIMA® cotton products. Having the SUPIMA® logo guarantees the highest quality in home fashion goods, so look for the logo.
TCS® Down Free™: For those with sensitivities to standard down, TCS® Down Free™ is our proprietary microfiber fill. With a soft hand suitable for comforters and the support required for pillows, TCS® Down Free™ mimics the loftiness and insulating qualities of down.
TENCEL™ Modal: TENCEL™ Modal is produced from the wood and pulp of sustainably sourced trees made in an environmentally responsible processes, such as minimal use of water and renewable natural materials. TENCEL™ Modal fibers produce fabrics with great luster, soft hand, and good drape - their breathable and temperature-regulating qualities wick away moisture and keep you cool as you sleep. TENCEL™ fibers are certified as biodegradable so they can fully revert back to nature.
TENCEL™ Lyocell: Produced from the wood of sustainably sourced trees harvested with environmentally responsible processes, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers produce fabrics with great luster, soft hand, and good drape – their breathable and temperature-regulating qualities wick away moisture and keep you cool as you sleep.
Terry: Woven or knitted with long loops of yarn, terry fabrics are soft, flexible, and absorbent. Terry is used to produce towels, robes, and apparel.
Thread Count: Thread count is the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch of fabric. The higher the thread count, the tighter the weave of a sheet. However, thread count alone is not an indicator of quality—the quality of the material is more important. The Company Store goes the extra mile using only premium fabrics to create exceptional products.
Tufted Mattress: In mattresses, tufting is achieved by threading through layers of fabric and securing the ends of the thread with a knot or button. With a distinctive dimpled look, tufting puts the mattress under tension, providing a firmer sleep surface and preventing fill from dislodging or shifting.
Tufted Rug: Tufting is a method of rug-making in which clusters of yarn fibers are drawn through a woven background, creating a raised pile. Tufted rugs are valued for their thick, cushiony feel, and durability, and can be made of a variety of different fabrics.
Turkish Cotton: Grown exclusively in Turkey, Turkish cotton is made of premium extra-long staple cotton to provide a high level of comfort, absorbency, and durability. Our Turkish cotton towels will only become softer, fluffier, and more absorbent with successive washings.
Twill: A twill weave creates fabrics valued for their versatility, durability and crisp look. They are heavier, stronger, and more closely woven than weaves of comparable fiber and yarn size, and can be produced in a number of elaborate patterns and designs.
Twist: The number of twists per inch of yarn. The lower amount of twist in a yarn, the plusher the towel will be. A higher twist adds strength and uniformity to a yarn, resulting in more durable, long-lasting products.
Two-Ply Yarn: A two-ply yarn is two single yarns twisted together. Two-ply yarns make fabrics more durable, absorbent, and dense. Most ply yarns used in clothing are two-ply.
Velvet: In a velvet fabric, successive rows of short cut pile stand close enough together to give the appearance of an even, uniform surface. Velvet features a soft hand and luxurious look.
Voile: Voile is a lightweight, plainly woven fabric that drapes smoothly for both curtains and blouses. Voile is made of extremely fine yarns which produce its airy quality.
Warp Knitting: Warp knits are knitted with intermeshing loops disposed in a lengthwise direction. These knits are generally lighter, stretchier, and more delicate than other knits.
Wool: Wool is a fiber or fabric made from the fleece of sheep and lambs, known for its luxurious softness, warmth, breathability, and durability. Wool’s crimped fibers form millions of tiny pockets which trap air and wick away moisture, keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Wrinkle-free: Although 100% wrinkle-free sheets are never a guarantee, our wrinkle-free bedding is "as good as it gets". Proper care will ensure a smooth bed with little or no ironing.
Yarn Dyeing: Yarn dyeing is the process of dyeing yarns before they have been woven or knitted into fabrics, often used in the production of multicolored designs such as plaids, stripes, and checks. Yarn-dyed fabrics are typically more vibrant and hold their color better after repeated washings.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): The aim of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. The organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides and fertilizers. Finished or processed textile products sold in the U.S. that imply or leave the consumer to believe that the final product is certified organic must meet either the USDA organic regulations or GOTS.
Global Recycled Standard: Certified to the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) by Control Union 1008953, meets strict social and environmental standards. The GRS assures the consumer that an independent supply chain certification by a third-party auditing company, Control Union, has been conducted to ascertain the presence and amount of at least 20% recycled material(s) in the final product. Each stage of production is required to be certified, beginning at the recycling stage and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction.
OKEO-TEX: OEKO-TEX certification keeps you and your family safe from harmful substances. Having the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX label assures you that an independent certification has been conducted on each component of this product and that it's been tested against a list of more than 400 harmful substances according to strict scientific criteria that stays ahead of global legal regulations. Test criteria considers all the ways a substance can be absorbed into the body, including through skin contact and respiration to make sure you and your family are safe.
Organic Cotton Standard (OCS) Blended: The OCS Blended - Organic Content Standard (OCS) assures the consumer that an independent supply chain certification by a third-party auditing company, Control Union, has been conducted to ascertain the presence and amount of at least 5% certified organic material(s) in the final product. The flow of materials is traced from the source to the final product allowing for transparency, consistency, and comprehensive independent evaluation of the material claims on products. OCS covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading, and distribution of a product..
Responsible Down Standard (RDS): All down products are filled with down that has been certified under the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) CU 851460. RDS was established by Textile Exchange to promote social responsibility and traceability within the down industry. With independent supply chain certification by the third-party auditing company, Control Union, each phase of down sourcing is monitored so you can be confident that the down inside is the most responsibly sourced down in the market.
TENCEL® Modal: TENCEL™ Modal is produced from the wood and pulp of sustainably sourced trees made in environmentally responsible processes, such as minimal use of water and renewable natural materials. TENCEL Modal fibers produce fabrics with great luster, soft hand, and good drape. Their breathable and temperature-regulating qualities wick away moisture and keep you cool as you sleep. TENCEL fibers are certified as biodegradable so they can fully revert back to nature.
TENCEL™ Lyocell: TENCEL™ Lyocell is produced from the wood and pulp of sustainably sourced trees made in environmentally responsible processes, such as minimal use of water and renewable natural materials. TENCEL Lyocell fibers produce fabrics with great luster, soft hand, and good drape. Their breathable and temperature-regulating qualities wick away moisture and keep you cool as you sleep. TENCEL fibers are certified as biodegradable so they can fully revert back to nature.