In textiles, there are many types of bedclothes, which are divided according to different characteristics and purposes of use.
The texture of bed linen
There are many types of bed linen depending on different qualities and purposes. This section introduces different materials and explains how they are used.
Percale and satin
The best of the Egyptian cottons is the mako cotton grown in the upper part of the Nile Delta. Mako cotton fibers are very long, the fabric is particularly soft and feels silky to the touch. Cotton shrinks in the first wash, so you should buy bed linen with a shrink allowance or buy already shrunk (sanforized) cotton.
Silk is a natural and skin-friendly material. It is gentle and does not wrinkle the skin while sleeping. Silk breathes excellently, does not cause allergies and practically does not wrinkle. Silk does not shrink in the wash. The disadvantages of silk are the high cost and the slippery feel, which many do not like. Washed inside out and line dried.
You may have seen these labels on packaging – 160 TC, 200 TC, 300 TC, 400 TC, 600 TC.
This indicates the thread density, i.e. the number of threads per piece of fabric (2.54 x 2.54 centimeters.) Accordingly, the more threads there are in a square, the denser the fabric is.
Quality labels for cotton fabrics:
132 –144 TC – standard market quality
180 – 220 TC – good quality
300 TC – top quality. Five-star hotels usually use only 300 TC cotton satin.
400 TC – exceptional quality. Usually used in luxury hotel suites.
Logically, one could think that the higher the TC marking, the higher the quality of the material. However, the useful features end after the TC600 mark. Thus, TC1000 is not better in quality. This only applies to cotton.
Relevant information is also the square weight gr/m2. It varies between 90 and 150 gr/m2. It is important to note that the quality and durability of Egyptian cotton 115 gr/m2 is better than other 135 gr/m2 cotton.
Sheets are personalized with various decorations such as stitching and embroidery, as well as, for example, combinations of different patterns and colors. In other words, there is no one right option when choosing sheets; everyone chooses according to their own preferences.