BY BETH ENGLISH AND BARBARA T. NELLES
Mattress fabrics demand attention with bright color—and promises of better sleep
Ticking suppliers retooled their knit and woven collections, creating luxury fabrics with a fabulous hand and touches of bold color, as well as some unusual finishes that are said to offer health benefits.
Boyteks highlights 7 new ticking collections for good rest
Fabric supplier Boyteks Tekstil San. Ve Tic. AS, headquartered in Kayseri, Turkey, reported seeing a record number of visitors at this show and writing lots of orders.
Beneath an enormous showroom mural that declared, “Let’s Sleep Better,” Boyteks unveiled seven new fabric collections with names such as Breatheasy, Coppertech, Customood, Magnerest, Thermatone and Yogarhythm.
The goal of the company’s new product offerings launched at the trade fair was to offer consumers healthier and better quality sleep, said Mustafa Yıldırım, Boyteks general manager.
From aromatherapy to temperature regulation and beyond, each fabric collection is said to offer unique comfort or even therapeutic benefits.
BekaertDeslee focuses on fabric breathability and new finish
Fabric and sewn cover supplier BekaertDeslee, with world headquarters in Waregem, Belgium, walked away with an Interzum award for High Product Quality for Respiro, which is a sleep concept and a new ticking collection. The bed’s fabric is a breathable 3-D knit with the look of upholstery. BekaertDeslee created the Respiro bed with the help of Belgian designer Stefan Schöning and adjustable base maker Kreamat.
The lofty Respiro collection offers 400 times the breathability of a standard woven and is machine washable, said Philip Ghekiere, BekaertDeslee marketing and innovation director.
Also new was Skin+, a ticking with a fabric finish that is said to contain microencapsulated probiotics and can stand as many as 20 machine washings.
Bowi-Styl makes bold investment in color with new machinery
Knit supplier Bowi-Styl created a sensation with giant panels of multihued, boldly graphic knit ticking filled with lots—and lots—of vibrant colors. The company, with headquarters in Lodz, Poland, creates these new fabrics on knitting machinery that it engineered. Unlike typical circular knits that may have one or two colored accent yarns, Bowi-Styl can use as many as 20 yarn colors in a single fabric.
The company knits and finishes in-house and offers tack-and-jump quilting services, sewn-cover production, spacer fabrics and digital textile printing.
Stellini/CT Nassau displays dazzling one-piece borders
Milan-based Stellini Textile Group, whose products are produced and sold in the United States by subsidiary CT Nassau Tape-Ticking LLC, refined its “engineered borders,” first introduced at Interzum Cologne 2015.
The woven fabrics have the look of high-end, cut-and-sewn knit borders, but come off the weaving loom as a single piece.
“These are shipping now and are very popular,” said Scott Charest, regional manager with CT Nassau, based in Alamance, North Carolina.
“The new borders save manufacturers on production time, are really easy to work with and can be laminated with a nonwoven, an FR fiber or a foam backing. We can slit them at our Burlington, North Carolina, plant or ship the wide goods, which have cut marks.”
Stellini/CT Nassau also surprised visitors with a supple knit collection that looks like a classical woven jacquard with its distinctive medallions and smooth face. It’s available with one or two accent yarn colors in the design.
Aydin extols benefits of textile finishes for the body at rest
Aydin Tekstil Tic. ve Paz AS, which has headquarters in Istanbul, launched three new collections that it hopes will help sleepers rest easier. The mattress fabrics use new yarn combinations and some unusual new finishes. The collections are named Air Master, Body Clock and Body Sleep.
Some of the promises that the company makes about these textiles include heat conductivity, temperature regulation and odor control.
The finish on Air Master actually helps “neutralize unpleasant odors, even cigarette smoke,” said Gülfidan Yasar, marketing director for the Istanbul-based textile producer.
Monks International rebrands with sister fabric companies
In an attractive two-story booth with multiple displays and sitting areas, Monks International, based in Wielsbeke, Belgium, exhibited with sister companies Artilat, Global Textile Alliance, Pieters Textiel, Symphony Mills and Termolst, and others, under a single showroom name, “Love Home Fabrics.” The group has approximately 2,000 employees in four hubs—Belgium, China, India and the United States—and sells in 90 countries. It is privately held by the Belgium-based Tack family. More information is available at the new LoveHomeFabrics.com website.
Monks showcased new fabric finishes with names such as Freeze, Easy Clean, Zeo, Balance and Zen. Each one comes with its own coolness, comfort or health claim.
Innofa perfects ePillow to coordinate with engineered covers
Eden, North Carolina-based knit ticking supplier Innofa USA, part of Innofa BV with world headquarters in Tilburg, Netherlands, launched ePillow sewn pillow covers. They coordinate with the company’s proprietary eCover, a one-piece, engineered mattress cover. The new pillow covers can be produced to fit any standard pillow size and zip off for regular machine washing. A patent for ePillow has been applied for, said Johan Cleyman, Innofa USA managing director. “Pillows aren’t boring anymore. They deserved an upgrade that allows companies to market attractive, well-made and unique pillows that coordinate with the bed. These are entirely U.S. made—with speed and efficiency at our automated U.S. cut-and-sew facility,” he said.
Lava touts fibers and finishes for cleanliness and comfort
Lava, which has U.S. headquarters in Waterloo, South Carolina, and world headquarters in Wielsbeke, Belgium, displayed several new finishes and yarns with hygiene and temperature-control stories. The Thermo+ finish with phase-change material was introduced in late 2016 and, according to the company, provides temperature regulation for more comfortable sleep. The Clean and Fresh and Silver Clean fabric finishes are said to prevent odor due to the presence of anti-bacterial silver.
Xtra Cool is a new yarn that the company described as “cool to the touch and offering excellent moisture management.”
Another new yarn, moisture-wicking “37.5,” is studded with “activated minerals” that create “a microclimate of personal comfort” for the sleeper by “removing moisture at the vapor stage,” the company said.
Bodet & Horst honored for lofty, stretchable knit fabric
Elterlein, Germany-based textile supplier Bodet & Horst GmbH & Co. KG received the Interzum award for High Product Quality for New Dimension, part of its Bi-Elastic Comfort Streetch knit ticking collection, which was introduced in 2011.
According to the company, the new fabric is even more conforming and comfortable because it uses fill yarns, also known as “inlay,” with added stretch. The inlay yarns give double-knit fabrics their puffy, three-dimensional appearance. Bodet says that its lofty New Dimension fabric has “60% more stretch in every direction,” and these thick knits do away with the need for quilted mattress panels. They also help boxed beds bounce back quickly without wrinkles, the company said.
Pratrivero makes stylish bed borders easy and affordable
Nonwoven supplier Pratrivero Group, with U.S. headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, and world headquarters in Pratrivero, Italy, launched a rich, upholstery-look stitchbond collection specifically for mattress and foundation borders. The thick, tweedy Soster 4 collection has the style of expensive woven fabric without the price tag and is available in a range of solid colors and prints.
“Soster 4, which has an inherent FR viscose barrier, has been used on mattress prototypes that have passed the U.S. open-flame standard (16 CFR Part 1633),” said Alberto Amosso, general manager of Pratrivero USA. The collection enables mattress makers to save both money and production time, he added, as these nonwovens can go straight from the slitter into a sewn border.
Maes develops award-winning FR fabric
Woven and knit ticking supplier Maes Mattress Ticking NV, with headquarters in Zwevegem, Belgium, earned the Interzum High Product Quality award for M-Pure woven ticking.
The new damask is described in marketing materials as having an FR fabric finish that meets the cigarette and open-flame ignition tests for mattresses in the United Kingdom (BS 7177) and Sweden (EN 597-1 and -2). The FR treatment was developed in-house and “is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and 100% sustainable,” according to Maes’ product literature.
Maes also added a collection of linen knits that use yarns spun from domestically grown flax. The high-end fabrics have a smooth, soft hand and are strong yet breathable, the company said.
Maes also touted the sustainability story behind flax, which is farmed with water conservation in mind and few added chemicals.
Ateja promotes luxurious damasks
The mattress ticking division of major Indonesian textile supplier Ateja, with headquarters in Bandung, brought out the Rennel collection, a high-end damask that uses plenty of viscose yarns for a soft, smooth hand.
“This jacquard with its dense yarn content has the luxury feel you can only get with a woven fabric,” said Arifin Tjandra, company director. “Companies want differentiation, and this very soft, satiny woven is an alternative to all of those knits out there.”
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