Belvivere is committed to the highest quality standards:
from the selection of the raw materials to fabrics weave and finishing;
from products development to actual manufacturing. An accurate control
is in place at all stages to ensure consistent quality
and outstanding performance for your fine linens.
Luxury linens “Quality” is redefined
as a 5 key-steps process:
1. Quality of the raw materials
Belvivere has carefully selected only three natural
fiber qualities eligible to be spun and then woven into truly luxurious
Egyptian cotton has not gained such a reputation
without reason. Egyptian cotton is the world's finest cotton
and the following characteristics are what sets Egyptian cotton
apart from other natural fibers:
- The humid conditions and rich soil in Egypt
along the Nile River banks create the perfect conditions to
grow long cotton fibers (also known as staples).
- The staples of Egyptian cotton can range
from 1 1/2 inches to 2 1/4 inches. Their long length is about
twice the size of other cotton fibers.
- The length of the fiber makes it possible
to spin the finest yarns without sacrificing the strength
of the yarn itself.
- The strength of the fiber makes fabrics more
durable and resistant to stress.
- Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics
made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant
- The yarns are smooth and lustrous and the
softness of the woven fabric feels like nothing else in the
- Egyptian cotton is hand picked which guarantees
the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts
no stress on the fibers - as opposed to mechanical picking
- leaving the fibers straight and intact.
- The particular care in terms of the cultivation
process, and the hand harvesting, ensures that the cotton
is perfectly clean at every stage of the growth cycle. The
cotton is gathered by hand at 5 specific stages of its life
in order to select only fully ripe seeds. This meticulousness
yields a perfect quality yarn: its long and ripe fibres give
an exceptionally soft and silky product with truly outstanding
All these factors have resulted in Egyptian
cotton being by far the best cotton in the world. Fabrics
made of Egyptian Cotton are softer, finer and last longer
than any other cotton in the world.
Among all varieties of Egyptian cotton Belvivere
American Pima Cotton
Pima accounts for only three percent of annual
cotton production in the United States. Its fineness and longer
staple length makes Pima a premium cotton fiber. It is used
to spin finer count yarns, which can be woven into softer,
finer and more luxurious fabrics. It is grown in select areas
of the far West and Southwest U.S. where the cotton can benefit
from a long growing season in a hot, dry climate. Pima cotton
is grown almost exclusively on furrowed rows where growers
can closely regulate irrigation and other inputs. Pulling
the fiber from crops is more expensive than other cottons
since Pima cotton is roller-ginned to remove seeds and impurities.
Pima is grown in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
Linum Usitatissimum translates from
the Latin as "most useful linen." In naming this
species, botanists recognized the inherent value of the humble
flax plant. For ten thousand years or more, man has known
this gentle gift of nature was the source of textiles with
special properties: soft hand, rich color absorption, lasting
durability, and unrivalled comfort. For all the benefits of
pure Linen see the Riviera Collection.
The flax grown in Belgium is one of the few
crops still produced in Western Europe, with nearly 130,000
acres under cultivation annually. For centuries, flax has
been grown in Flanders, the westernmost region of Belgium,
known since the Renaissance for its prosperity and culture.
The climate and topography of the region, interlaced with
many small rivers, have made it ideal for linen production.
Belgian linen is recognized as being the best
in the World. This excellence may be attributed to three beneficial
a well-suited soil. Flax is best adapted to fertile, fine
textured, clay soils
a favourable climate with adequate moisture and relatively
cool temperatures, particularly during the period from flowering
to maturity (June and July).
Belgian flax growers whose prime concern is quality have the
in-depth knowledge and experience required to ensure perfection
throughout the various steps of the process. Preparing the
soil, selecting varieties, sowing and growing flax, monitoring
the cultivation, pulling and retting, the aim of which is
to encourage fibre extraction, all these different tasks are
carried out with the same rigour and care using traditional
methods that have been passed on throughout the ages.
2. High thread count fabrics
Fine Linens only begin with high quality raw natural
fibers. Cotton’s longer staples can then be combed finer to
remove smaller fibers and impurities, allowing the cotton to be
spun into a finer-textured thread with more tensile strength, ready
to be densely woven into luxuriously high thread count fabrics.
Using finer threads lets more thread
to fit into that one square-inch measure, in a tighter weave.
Finer threads generally creates
smoother, softer fabrics with a silky lustrous hand, and is part
of the reason why high thread count fabrics are considered more
Higher count sheets are also stronger,
more durable and much less likely to pill with washings and prolonged
Only a few Italian mills have developed the advanced
technologies required for spinning and weaving super fine gauge
yarns into truly high thread count fabrics.
Belvivere Italian spun cottons are all woven into
extraordinary fabrics, at top-rated mills in Italy.
3. Finishing process
Belvivere processes woven fabrics with additional
finishing treatments to enhance properties, appearance and improve
After weaving the fabric is gassed, washed, bleached,
mercerized, dyed, calandered and sanforized.
Excess fibers such as loose hair and fuzz are
burnt to give a smooth, even appearance to the fabric surface.
Washing & Bleaching
Fabrics are pre-washed with bleach to get out
all the impurities and remnants of weaving such as wax and
Caustic soda is used to give the fabric resistance
and additional shine. The process also stabilizes shrinkage,
allowing the fabric to remain soft and loose when washed.
Belvivere uses the so called “reactive
dyes” that actually penetrate the cotton going inside
the fibers rather than just covering the surface with a pigment
that also stiffens the fabric (especially with darker colors).
As a result, our colors are vivid, deeper, longer lasting,
resistant to light and heat and our sheets are softer. Our
dark colors are as soft and silky as our whites because we
put the color inside the fiber rather than on top of it. It
also allows Belvivere to offer a expanded palette of 18 vibrant
Fabric is pressed trough several pairs of heated
rollers to make it glossy and smooth thus enhancing luster
and fixing colors.
it is a method of stretching, shrinking and
fixing the woven cloth in both length and width, before cutting
and producing to reduce the shrinkage which would otherwise
occur after washing. It allows the dimensional stability of
your sheeting over a long time and frequent wash.
Belvivere tests any fabric processed to verify
a set of key quality performance indicators :
Colorfastness to laundering and light / heat
Bursting strength of fabric, is the measure
of resistance to rupture by pressure
Tensile strength, measure tear resistance
to lengthwise stress
Wear/abrasion test measure fabrics resistance
to friction, accounting for durability on repeated use
Pilling score to determine resistance to
the formation of pills and other related surface changes on
Shrinkage score to verify dimensional stability
over frequent washings
In the past decades Italian textile engineering
has developed proprietary technologies to improve properties,
performance and appearance of woven fabrics still unmatched
in any other industry worldwide.
Belvivere processes all of its fine fabrics
at Italy’s premier finishing mills.
4. Product development
Belvivere fine linens are conceived to be used, lived
in, enjoyed and loved by you everyday.
A team of expert technicians develops products features
that enhance Linens performance with actual benefits and ease of
Belvivere linens are generously
oversized to fit today’s deeper pillow
top mattresses up to 20" high (see bedding
Fitted sheets have extra deep pockets
and elastic all around the edge to perfectly fit without creases
even after several days on the bed.
Our fine linens can be easily machine
washed at home (see washing
instructions) so you don’t need to take them to
the Laundry every time.
Pillow shams and cases have french
flap closure for a perfect fit of your pillow while
providing an attractive finished look.
Duvet cover has hidden buttons closure
and inside ties to firmly hold your duvet inside
and keep the same well dressed look to the whole bed.
Quilted Coverlet has squared corners
for a perfect drop on the sides of the bed.
Terry towels are taped all around
the edges with cotton binding to strenghten the towel
and have it dropping down straight and neat from your rack.
These details make your housekeeping easier, your
home always well dressed and your life more comfortable while you
luxuriate in fine linens every day!
5. Design and Manufacturing are “Made in Italy”
From Michealangelo to Ferrari, from Armani to Da
Vinci Italy has always exploited an extraordinary talent for any
work of art, fashion and style.
Italy is in itself an inspiration for all that relates
to beauty and design.
Belvivere has based in Italy all products styling
and modeling to get the most out of this vibrant inner creative
power and conceive attractive linens for your home.
Talented designers are relentlessly at work to make
Belvivere an icon of style for your home interiors.
A pool of Master skilled artisans and experienced
workshops have been carefully selected in Florence, Italy to manufacture
Belvivere finest fabrics into magnificently crafted linens.
Linens produced with treasured expertise, still following
a time honored practice of old-world craftsmanship that has been
passed on through generations:
Sheets are still individually
cut by hand grain-wise. Fabrics straight
grain cuts are less likely to stretch out of shape than pieces
with edges cut along the bias, because the interwoven threads
give their cut edges extra support. This can only be accomplished
cutting by hand rather than with a machine and will ensure
dimensional stability of your fine bedding over time and endless
Linens are sewn with tight, small,
straight stitches, so fine you can barely see them.
Every seam or hem is expertly sewn with 14 stitches per inch.
While this provides a beautiful, finished appearance it creates
extra strong hems that resist to mechanical stress due to
repeated use and will never fray or come unstitched . It means
extended durability for your linens.
Embroidery and any needlework
is expertly done by skilled artisans with an exacting attention
to every single thread stitched.
An obsessive care for details
is in place at all stages of the manufacturing process. Our
artisans only turn a limited number of pieces per day, slowly,
carefully taking every opportunity to improve the quality
of your fine linens and deliver a genuinely better product.
Quality is widely used in marketing
as a generic word that express a self assessed declaration to offer
a better product.
We redefine it in very clear details that explain
what set Belvivere apart from the ordinary and makes our linens
While quality is an often abused
word we stand behind our commitment with a double guarantee to make
sure you get the best value for your money.
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