April 14 2010
Lucia van der Post
This winter has concentrated the mind on the comforts of the bed and how to keep warm without being weighed down by too many layers. So you might like to know about John Lewis’s latest range of duvets which are filled with the light-as-air down of the Altai snow goose. Russia’s Altai Mountains have bitterly cold winters which means that the snow goose has to develop lush winter plumage. So, weight for weight, these duvets offer greater warmth than any others.
An Altai duvet, for instance, with a 10.5 tog rating weighs almost a quarter less than a Siberian goose-down duvet with the same rating. An “all seasons” double duvet with a 13.5 combination tog (two duvets of different weights, the lighter one for summer, the heavier one for autumn and then the two fixed together for winter) costs £780. But what a difference they make: it’s like sleeping under a cloud. And to complete bedtime luxe you could encase them in John Lewis’s hotel-standard, plain white cotton bed linen with an 800 thread count (pictured). Prices range from £120 for a single to £180 for the super king.