my boyfriend is always cold, and thinks that you have to have a comforter to be warm. I was brought up with quilts. I was redoing the bedroom in a beach theme and he thought it would be nice to "Buy" a comforter, but to compromise, he got the seashells since I was doing a blue and white beach theme. This comforter is dry clean only, it is a heavy weight cottom cover, not down, not velour or rayon... I am thinking of putting it in my oversize front loader wahsing machine??? I do not want to ruin it, but I do not like dry cleaning AND all the chemicals that they use. Would any of you put it in the washer????