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What is an Oxford Pillowcase
10th Oct 2013

What is an Oxford Pillowcase?

At Palmers Department Store we have had over 175 years in the business. We can help you with all you need to know about our extensive ranges of homewares to help you choose the perfect item for your needs. A question that often comes up is; ‘What is an Oxford Pillowcase?’. In today’s blog post, we tell you the distinct difference between various styles of pillowcases.

So, what is an Oxford Pillowcase?

A superior and elegant design, an Oxford Pillowcase is a rectangular cloth case used to cover a pillow. Its main feature is a wide flat stitched flange around the perimeter – this can be straight-edged or decorative. The opening for the pillow is at the back, which is covered by the flange, leaving a neat and smart finish for any made-up bed.

A little pub quiz fact for you – pillows date back as far as ancient Egypt – however when pillowcases came into vogue is a little unclear.

An Oxford pillowcase was devised to offer an alternative to the housewife pillowcase - essentially a sack that contains a pillow. The neat edging of an Oxford pillowcase, often scalloped or ruffled serves no practical function other than to dress your bed. 

So now we know what is an Oxford Pillowcase, how about the derivations of its name? Not what you think, the design doesn’t originate from its namesake; instead it comes from the cloth from which it used to be made. Oxford cloth, typically used to make shirts, was chosen for its durability.

To compliment your luxury Oxford pillowcases, why not browse our extensive range of bed linen. With brands such as the Fine Bedding Company, you will find the perfect weight duvet for your needs whether goose feather and down, cotton or microfibre. Pillows are available in a variety of materials and firmness dependent on your needs.

We all need a good night's sleep and what better way to end the day than curling up amongst some luxury bed linen, including Oxford Pillowcases, from Palmers.

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