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The History and Fabrics of Frette Linens

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Frette Bedding and Linen

The History and Fabric of Fine Bed Linens

There are few things more luxurious than a good night's sleep in fine bed linens. The fabric against your skin, the weight of the blankets and the cool sheets all combine to make for a blissful experience. And if you're looking for the best of the best and most luxurious, you need to look no further thanFrette with their range including;Frette bed linen,Frette bedding, Frette sheets and many other luxury sleeping products.

Since 1860, Frette has been synonymous with sophistication and exclusivity producing only the finestFrette bed linens in the world (even being a preferred choice of over 500 European royal dynasties). Frette products stand the test of time and to this day are still some of the most sought-after luxury bed linens in the world. From cotton to silk, theFrette bedding range is extensive and exquisite with everything fromFrette pillows to duvets that will make you feel like royalty.

AtPalmer & Penn, we love the luxurious feel ofFrette bed linen, and the story behind the brand.

History of Frette

Frette was founded in 1860 by Jean Baptiste Edmond Frette, Alexander Payre and Charles Chaboud in the small town of Monza, Italy located just outside the city of Milan. The company started out as a small linen shop, however it quickly grew into one of the most respected bedding brands in the world. Today,Frette is still headquartered in Monza and has grown to a size of over 200 employees.

From the very beginning, quality has been paramount for Frette. In fact, many of their early customers were royalty and other members of high society who demanded only the best for their beds, with variousFrette bed linens being featured in over 1,000 luxury hotels around the world.

Over the years, Frette has continued to produce some of the finest bed linens available. The premium brand has a rich history with some of the company’s early highlights including;

  • On April 23, 1878, the first retail shop was opened in Milan
  • In 1881, the Italian Royal Family selects Frette as the official purveyor of its linens
  • In 1894, Frette created the tablecloth of the ‘Holy Virgin” for St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome
  • In 1899, The Royal Danieli Hotel in Venice commissions Frette to provide its luxury bed linens
  • In 1903, Frette perfects the unique finishing method to provide its signature soft and shiny look and feel

Frette Fabrics

Frette's commitment to quality has made them one of the most respected luxury bedding brands in the world and as such, only the very finest materials are used to craft their range ofFrette bed linens. The premium materials include;


Often regarded as the pinnacle of luxury fibres, silk has such a soft and gentle texture and delicate feel with anecdotal evidence that this luxury fibre can even improve certain health conditions and ailments. Silk is made using a process called sericulture where the ultra-soft fibres used by silk worms in spinning themselves into a cocoon are harvested and processed before being spun into a thicker and stronger material.


Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fibre that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. With the plants used to harvest the cotton fibre being native to both tropical and subtropical regions, cotton is one of the most widely used natural fabrics in the world.


Linen is one of the most widely used fabrics in the world and is harvested from the stalks and stems of the flax plant. The fibres are carefully extracted and spun into yarn. The elements of linen give it the ability to keep you warm in the winter months and keep you cool in the warmer months due to its moisture-wicking properties. The functionality of linen for all seasons makes it the perfect choice for many types of luxury bedding items.


Considered to be one of the softest and most luxurious types of wool in existence, the fibre is highly prized for a number of clothing items. However, due to its lightweight nature it is not as insulative as other fibres during colder weather. Cashmere wool is made from the hair of certain types of goats that are native to the Gobi Desert and Central Asia regions.

Our Favourite Frette Products

AtPalmer & Penn we stock a range of over 60 Frette products including;Frette bedspreads,Frette pillows andFrette sheets to name a few. With so many luxuriousFrette bedding products to choose from, it is difficult to choose which products are our favourites. Some customer favourites include; 

Frette Pure Cashmere Throw - in the Aloe colour, The Pure Cashmere Throw offers a super soft hand with a simple straight hem and fringed edge which is wonderfully soft to the touch and incredibly cosy.

Frette Cotton Fitted Sheet - offered in a range of colours and best suited to those who prefer not to use a top sheet. Frette’s Cotton fitted sheets are crafted from pure extra long-staple cotton, this fitted sheet is wonderfully soft and silky, creating the perfect foundation for a peaceful night's sleep.

Frette Doppio Ajour European Pillowcase - This elegant sham features Frette's signature double open hemstitch on soft, smooth and lustrous long-staple cotton sateen. Available in a selection of soft yet rich colours, the Doppio Ajour Euro Sham effortlessly complements any interior decor

Frette Herringbone Duvet Cover - with a distinctive design featuring a striking herringbone pattern, the Herringbone Duvet Cover features a smooth and silky long-staple cotton sateen jacquard.

With Frette's commitment to quality having made them one of the most respected bedding brands in the world, if you're looking for luxury bedding that will stand the test of time and make you feel like you’re sleeping like a royal, visit thePalmer & Penn online store or stop by ourDouble Bay boutique and let us help you find the perfect Frette item for you.
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