Good Down Belongs in a Good Ticking

The ticking holds the down which is going to keep you comfortable and warm during the night. Cotton is the ideal material to make the ticking, as it is firm and can be woven densely so that no down or feathers escape. It is also good for ventilation, to ensure that you will not overheat or sweat during the night. High quality duvets generally have a 100% cotton ticking. The ticking is dense enough to hold the down inside the duvet and keep the dust out.

If you are looking for the very best duvet, with the very best quality down to keep you warm, you will also want to select a high quality ticking. This will ensure your absolute comfort at night.

Cotton wraps

Ne Value

The quality of cotton is indicated by cotton count (Number English or Ne) measurements. Ne 1 equals one pound of yarn weight, to 840 yards of yarn length. The very best fabric is both strong and down tight. Our Mako cambric has a Ne value of 40 and is used for pillows. The quality class Ne 60 is called Down Batiste. For any down duvet, ticking needs to be of Ne 40 or higher. At, we only choose ticking of Ne 60 or better. Ne 60, Ne 80 and Ne 90 used to be the most commonly chosen ticking for a better class of down duvet, but nowadays the Ne values are getting higher and higher, with values of up to Ne 160.

Ne versus Thread Count

Since Thread Count is a widespread method used to define the quality of fabrics, we have made a conversion table 'Ne to Thread Count'.

The thread count, also commonly referred to as threads per inch (TPI) is the indicator of how rough or fine the fabric of your bedding is. In order to determine the thread count, the amount of threads within one square inch of fabric is counted. This is done by calculating the number of threads both up and across the square inch and adding those values together, with both the length and the width of the threads being taken into account.

English German Ne Value Thread Count
Mako cambric Einschütte 40 221
Down batiste Daunenbatist 60 262
Fine down batiste Feinbatist 80 307
Noble down batiste Edelbatist 100 340
Nano down batiste Nanobatist 115 363
Premium batiste Feiner Mako-Batist 145 365
Superior batiste Feinster Mako-Batist 155 380

Different Sorts of Ticking

Only duvets with a ticking quality of Ne 60 or higher have been selected for our collection. Down batiste in its numerous varieties is most commonly used for our duvets. The higher the Ne value, the better the ventilation and the folding around the body.

Cambric Ticking

Our cambric tickings are woven from thread Ne 40 in the traditional linen binding method as seen below. The woof alternates over and under the warp thread and the second woof goes in the opposite direction to the first. For generations the Cambric ticking was the standard ticking for a German down duvet.

Batiste Ticking

Our batiste tickings are woven from thread of Ne 60 to Ne 160, also in the traditional linen binding method as seen above.

Because of the nature of the weave, cambrics and batistes look and feel the same from both sides.

Satin Woven Ticking

The satin woven ticking (see above) is different from cambric and batiste ticking in that the woof goes alternately over several threads and under one warp thread.

A satin woven ticking is very supple and soft and is distinct because of its smooth gloss. The satin woven ticking has two different sides. From one side, the woof is visible and from the other, the warp is visible.

Ticking Manufacturers

For the best quality down tight ticking, German and Austrian ticking producers consistently outstrip the competition with Sanders, Weidmann and Hefel being among the most prestigious manufacturers.


An antique invoice from Sanders

For over 300 years the city of Bramsche in Germany has been synonymous with these densely woven fabrics known as 'Bramscher Tuch'. Since 1885, the head office of Sanders (cotton weaving and dyeing factory) has been located there. Sanders Brothers.

Box Stitching or Baffle Box?

Some duvets have a square pattern, where the upper and lower part of the ticking is directly stitched together. This so called “box stitching” or “direct step” is generally used for lighter duvets, such as the summer duvet. You can see how a summer duvet is stitched here.



Warmer duvets have a box pattern, where the upper side is not directly stitched to the lower. In this case, a band is placed between the upper and lower sides, keeping the down inside the box. The bands have a height of 2 to 10cm, depending on the thickness of the duvet. This method of ‘baffle box’ stitching has been developed to make sure that cold air cannot seep in around the stitches. This method is normally used for duvets with higher tog ratings.

The thickest baffle box winter duvets have partitions of up to 10cm in height. These are called ‘Hochsteg’ (high baffle) and will keep you warm in the most biting cold.

Down Duvet Buyers Guide

Choose your duvet in 4 simple steps

  1. Duvet size: Which duvet size do I need?
  2. Tog: Choose the right tog
  3. Fill power: What is Fill Power?
  4. Duvet fabric: Good down belongs in a good fabric

Compare all down duvets by duvet price, size, season, brand, fill power, fabric and down.

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