Wow! I washed this duvet cover and shams once with very little detergent in COLD water, and it faded dramatically! This was not a big deal for me, as the now dark 'grey' color still works for our bedroom color scheme. The material is very soft and fits our Cal King duvet perfectly. We love the contrasting stripes on the other side which are a great compliment to the floral design on the reverse. I also purchased the grey version of this, as I wasn't certain which would be best, and planned to return one. Well, they are both grey now, and I like the design so much, I decided not to return the other, so I could have a back-up.
I ordered this duvet for a temporary cover on my comfortor while in the process of moving while my actual new bedding was in storage. After washing the duvet cover once it became really faded. I would not reccomend the duvet set for any extended period of time as for me it did not hold up to even 1 washing in cold water.
The color was not as "stark" white as it appeared in the picture. It is more of an off white/candlelight white. It blended ok with my gray carpet, but if I had been trying to tie it into a true white, it would have looked very dingy and dull.
Love the look of this duvet set but as other reviewers warned it is a very thin material and I am sure will not hold up very well. I washed the pillow shams and one faded totally to a soft grey while the other remained black and cream. It is the perfect pattern to help hide dog paw prints. It was very inexpensive so I am not too surprised and plan to enjoy it while I can. It is large and would better fit a California King size comforter. .