The Disadvantages of Silk Quilts: True or False?

Disadvantages of Silk Quilts

We asked AI: "I would like to buy a silk quilt. What problems does it have?"

In this blog post, we’ve published the exact answer given by ChatGPT, without any editing. Read until the end to find out whether we should always trust AI.

AI Response:

Silk quilts, known for their luxurious feel and natural properties, are generally considered to be of high quality. However, like any product, they do have some potential drawbacks and considerations. Here are a few common issues associated with silk quilts:


Silk quilts tend to be more expensive compared to other types of quilts or comforters. The cost is primarily attributed to the labor-intensive process involved in harvesting silk from silkworm cocoons and manufacturing the quilts.

Delicate Fabric

Silk is a delicate material that requires special care. It is prone to snagging, tearing, and abrasion, so it is essential to handle silk quilts gently to avoid damage. Additionally, some silk quilts may have specific cleaning instructions, such as dry cleaning, to maintain their quality.

Allergy concerns

While silk is generally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, some individuals may still be allergic to silk fibers. If you have known allergies to silk, it is advisable to test your sensitivity or consult a healthcare professional before purchasing a silk quilt.

Moisture Absorption

Silk has a natural tendency to absorb moisture, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. In humid climates or for individuals who perspire heavily during sleep, silk quilts may absorb moisture and become damp. This can lead to discomfort and a need for more frequent washing.

Insulation Properties

Silk quilts are known for their excellent insulation properties, but they may not provide the same level of warmth as down or synthetic-filled quilts. If you live in a particularly cold region or prefer a heavier and warmer quilt, you might find that silk quilts are not as suitable for your needs.

Despite these potential issues, silk quilts remain a popular choice for many due to their breathability, natural temperature regulation, and luxurious texture. It is important to consider your personal preferences and needs before making a purchase decision.

Now, here is our view on the above "drawbacks":


Yes, silk quilts are more expensive than some fabrics used in bedding – you can find cheaper cotton or polyester quilts. However, if you compare apples to apples, you'll find that silk quilts are not that expensive.

We looked at wool and goose down quilts at David Jones (assuming they have similar quality to our silk quilts).

Queen King Super King
Silky U* (Mulberry silk) from $469 from $519 from $639
David Jones (wool) from $499.99 from $579.99 from $659.99
David Jones (goose down) from $1,079 from $1,179 from $1,379

As you can see, you can buy the highest quality silk quilt at an affordable price, and compared to other high-quality quilts, it is even cheaper.

Furthermore, silk durability and longevity can make silk quilts a cost-effective choice in the long run. With proper care, silk quilts can last for many years, outlasting other quilt fabrics that may require more frequent replacement.

Fact: The Mulberry silk thread is the strongest natural fibre in the world, making it incredibly durable. For instance, Mulberry silk fibre is more robust than steel fibre of the same diameter.

Delicate Fabric

We hardly see this as a disadvantage. Silk quilts provide an incomparable soft and smooth touch that feels heavenly against your body. That's why silk is known as the "queen of fabric".

Plus, sleeping under a silk quilt is more than a luxury experience; it's a wellness retreat. When it comes to health benefits, no other bedding material can compete with silk.

Fact: In ancient China, for about a thousand years, the right to use silk was reserved for the Emperor, the members of the imperial family and the highest dignitaries.

Allergy concerns

Of course, if you are allergic to silk fibres, you won't be using a silk quilt. However, silk bedding can be a significant advantage if you have other allergies (or sensitive skin).

Naturally hypoallergenic and anti-fungal, silk is less likely to harbour dust mites or accumulate allergens, providing a healthier sleep environment.

Fact: A silk quilt can offer relief to those who struggle with allergies triggered by conventional quilt materials.

Moisture Absorption

In our opinion, AI is not quite right in explaining silk moisture absorption.

Silk is hydrophobic, meaning it has low water absorption properties and does not retain moisture easily. However, silk is an excellent wicking material, which means it can draw moisture away from your body and disperse it, promoting a cool and dry sleeping environment.

Silky U silk quilts with a TENCEL cover can be particularly beneficial for people who tend to get hot or sweat at night.

Fact: Silk is considerably less absorbent than cotton and releases moisture faster.

Insulation Properties

If you like a heavier weight on you while you sleep, a silk quilt might not be your ideal choice.

However, although silk quilts may not provide the same "heavy" feeling as down or synthetic quilts, their lighter weight and breathable nature make them suitable for use throughout the year.

A natural heat conductor, silk regulates the body temperature during your sleep, helping to keep you warm in colder months and pleasantly cool in hot months to ensure a comfortable slumber no matter the season.

Plus, silk quilts are the only quilts with the unique "cocoon effect". It contours and wraps around your body, giving you a cosy and snug feeling that will help you sleep better.

Fact: Silk quilts are filled with thin natural strands, allowing for better air circulation than cotton, wool, down and synthetic materials.

As you can see, by reframing the problems identified by ChatGPT as benefits, it becomes apparent that the unique characteristics of silk quilts can cater to your specific needs and sleeping preferences.

If you seek luxurious comfort, durability and unparalleled health benefits, a high-quality silk quilt is the perfect choice.

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