Egyptian Cotton Sheets

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What do Egyptian cotton sheets have that other cotton sheets don’t? What makes them so luxurious and so sought after? There are a few things:

Every type of cotton fiber is measured in staples, or its length. Egyptian cotton has the longest staple of any other type of cotton. This makes it both very soft and very strong and gives it a delicious feel. Like most cotton, Egyptian cotton is easy to take care of and cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Egyptian cotton also doesn’t need to have as high a thread count as other cottons to have a luxurious feel and is very absorbent. When a person buys bedclothes made of Egyptian cotton, it should say so on the package.

Besides the long staples of Egyptian cotton, the way the sheets are woven also contributes to how they look, how they feel and how much they cost.

Damask is a type of weave that has a beautiful and ornate pattern that has a different sheen from the ground. Damask sheets are also reversible.

A sateen weave is used for high thread count sheets and is woven in a way that gives it a satiny sheen. The cotton fibers that go into sateen woven sheets are often mercerized, which is a type of finish, and combed.

A twill weave will produce durable cotton sheets that drape beautifully. The surface of twill woven sheets also have more cotton fibers and can be brushed to make them very soft.

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