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Design Seen September/October 2014: Sleeping Beauties

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Uncommon bedding for the finest boudoirs. 


This family-owned Massachusetts company, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, has a reputation for luxurious linens featuring traditional monogramming and custom tape details. More than 100 colors are available, as are 40-plus fabrics, including 1,000-thread-count percale. King sets start at $490. 508.997.3444, 

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Casa Del Bianco  

Founded by former Frette executives, the New York–based company helps clients to create the bedding designs of their dreams. Several hundred colors are available, and it is possible to custom-dye and -size any bed set or duvet cover. All linens are made in Italy and ready in as little as four weeks. The starting price for a king set is $700. 212.249.9224, 

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Although this company is known for bold colors and prints influenced by international locales like Morocco, it is based in Tunbridge, Vt., and prides itself on the American handcraftsmanship that is employed to create most of its bedding. Its custom La Collezione pieces, however, are hand-embroidered in Tuscany. The starting price for a custom queen set is $950. 800.553.5309,

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D. Porthault

The 94-year-old brand offers a range of bedding options, all of which are fashioned from cotton percale, voile, or sateen Egyptian cotton that is woven at the company’s factory in France. Customizations such as border colors and styles (straight, wavy, scalloped) and unique sizes are possible. Custom king sets start at $2,350. 212.688.1660,

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Bedding by the 154-year-old company (founded in Grenoble, France, but relocated to Concorezzo, Italy) is readily available at upscale department stores and often used at luxury hotels, but custom orders are also part of the brand’s oeuvre. Silks and cottons are yarn-dyed before the fabrics are woven for the jacquard designs, to create a painterly contrast. For a queen set, the starting price is $425. 800.353.7388,

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Tessitura Calabrese

Crisp, colorful linen sheets and pillowcases are the most sought-after items from this relatively new Italian linen brand, which was founded in 1972 near Lecce, in Italy’s Puglia region. The company relies on traditional handcraftsmanship for its embroideries and monogramming, butit also employs electronic jacquard looms to speed up the production process. Twin sets start at about $200. +39.0833.531132,

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Denyse Schmidt

Designer Denyse Schmidt mixes different materials—cotton prints, linen or silk, vintage wool—to craft custom quilts that perfectly suit her clients’ bedroom settings. Past projects have included coverlets for the Philip Johnson Glass House and the Stone House Inn in Rhode Island, but private commissions are the bulk of her work. Quilts are priced from $225 per square foot. 203.335.2719,


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