Duvet

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A duvet (pronounced /du:veɪ/, from the French duvet /dyvε/ "down") is a soft flat bag filled with down or feathers, or a combination of both and used on a bed as a blanket. Duvets were originally used in Europe but have become popular throughout the world in the late twentieth century. The original duvets came out of rural Europe and were made of Eider, a type of duck's down, which is well known for its usefulness as an insulator. Eiderdown is therefore used as a synonym of duvet.

Duvets reduce the complexity of making a bed, as it is a single cover that can be used instead of the combination of sheets, blankets, and quilts, which is more traditional in many parts of the world.

A duvet is also known as a continental quilt or, in eastern Australia, a doona, from a brand name. A doona is sometimes filled with wool. A similar type covering filled with polyester batting or other artificial material is generally referred to as a comforter.

See also: silk comforter

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