Silk quilts are a luxurious and comfortable bedding option that has recently become increasingly popular in Australia and that many people desire to own.
They're known for their softness, lightness, durability, and deluxe feel and look. However, luxury silk quilts are also known to be one of the most expensive.
In this blog post, we will delve into the world of silk quilts, explore the reasons for their high cost, the benefits of choosing a silk quilt, and determine whether they are worth investing in.
Introduction to Silk Quilts
Silk quilts are undoubtedly a luxurious bedding option that comes with a hefty price tag. However, their numerous benefits and unparalleled quality justify the high prices. If you are looking for ultimate sleep comfort, unbeatable health benefits, and remarkable longevity in your bedding, a silk quilt might be an ideal choice. But let's first look at other available options.
Quilt Market in Australia
For decades, the most popular quilts in Australia were wool, cotton, and, lately, down and synthetic quilts. These materials offer different benefits and are widely available.
- Wool quilts are famous for their warmth and ability to regulate body temperature and are more suitable for cooler climates.
- Cotton quilts are breathable, lightweight, and easy to care for, making them a smart choice year-round.
- Synthetic quilts, such as polyester, are affordable and low maintenance, so they are preferred by many households.
- Down quilts are well known for their warmth and softness.
However, none of these quilts can compare with silk quilts in terms of the combination of qualities and health benefits, but they also come with a higher price tag.
The prices of quilts in Australia vary significantly (from $50 to $1,500 and more) and depend on several factors: size, weight/warmth, craftsmanship, cost of production and the quality of the materials.
The table below will give you an idea of the price difference between the most popular quilts.
Average Price Range (AUD)
$50 - $300
$50 - $500
$100 - $1000
$150 - $1500
$300 - $1500
Even though silk quilts are among the dearest, they have recently taken the Australian market by storm (following the US), with sales increasing by over 20% in the last few years. This shows that more Australians are investing in high-quality bedding for a better night's sleep.
Why are Silk Quilts So Expensive?
Silk quilts are expensive due to the production process of silk. Manufacturing is labour-intensive and requires careful handling of delicate fabrics and skilled craftsmanship, which adds to the cost of production. In addition, factors such as the type and the grade of silk, the density of the fibres and its weight can also impact the price of silk quilts.
It's important to know that not all silk quilts are equal, and cheaper options are available.
Silk quilts come in different types and grades, which can affect their quality and price. For example, Tussah silk quilts are made from the cocoons of wild silkworms and are considered to be of lower quality, and you can buy them at a price similar to cotton quilts.
The highest quality Mulberry silk quilts are made from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm and are considered the most luxurious quilts in the world. They are much softer, lighter and more durable than any other type of silk quilts.
In addition, the quality of silk fibres used in the quilt also contributes to the price point.
Mulberry silk has different grades and quality levels that impact the fabric's texture, sheen, and overall feel. The highest quality (and most expensive) Mulberry silk is known as "Grade A". It comprises long, thin, continuous fibres that are carefully sorted and processed to ensure a uniform texture and appearance.
While silk quilts are undoubtedly expensive compared to other types of quilts, they offer numerous unique benefits that make them a practical and worthwhile investment in the long run.
Benefits of Silk Quilts
Let's look at some of these benefits and why a silk quilt may be a better choice than wool, cotton, synthetic, or down quilts:
First and foremost, silk quilts are incredibly comfortable to sleep under. The smooth and soft texture of the silk fabric provides a luxurious sleeping experience that is unmatched by any other type of quilt.
While silk quilts may be expensive, they're incredibly durable and long-lasting. Unlike other bedding options, silk quilts can last for decades with proper care.
Silk quilts are naturally lightweight and breathable. They can help regulate body temperature and keep you comfortable throughout the night, trapping your body heat while allowing your skin to breathe.
Silk quilts have a unique "cocoon effect," which refers to how they contour and wrap around your body, providing a warm and snug feeling that can help you sleep better.
Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, making silk quilts an excellent option for those with allergies or sensitive skin. Additionally, silk quilts are resistant to dust mites, which can help prevent common allergens from building up in your bedding.
Let's face it - silk is a luxurious and indulgent material. So if you're looking for a high-end bedding option that will provide a touch of luxury to your sleeping experience, a silk quilt is worth considering.
Are Silk Quilts Worth the Money?
While silk quilts are more expensive than synthetic, cotton and wool quilts (and similarly priced with down quilts), they are worth the investment if you value a comfortable and luxurious sleeping experience.
Furthermore, buying an expensive, high-quality silk quilt can save you money in the long run, as silk quilts are known for their longevity and durability.
Additionally, Mulberry silk quilts have a luxurious sensation that can make you feel pampered and special and that no other quilt can match.
From Our Personal Experience
My wife and I have been using a silk quilt for over a decade, and it solved one of the biggest problems in our relationship. We have different sleeping habits and body temperatures. My wife prefers to be warm at night. On the other hand, I am a hot sleeper, and the lighter the quilt is, the better.
Over the years, we've tried everything possible: cotton quilts, wool quilts, down quilts, sleeping under different quilts (which we both hated), using a quilt with a dual weight/warmth, and the list goes on.
And only after buying a silk quilt did we stop fighting over our bedding.