Fertile lands and a warm climate is required to grow the best quality of cotton plants. Egypt is known for its long cotton fibres which can easily be woven into a fine fabric. Egyptian cotton comes in a variety of thread counts and finishes from a silky, smooth satiny feel to a crisp and clean linen. The thread count gives us the number of horizontal and vertical threads being used per square inch and it is a measure of the durability as well as quality of the linen.
Good quality bed linen Egyptian cotton contains 180 threads per square inch and for luxury fabrics the count goes up to 300. The finest and most luxurious sheets contain 1000 threads for every inch. Percale cotton is a weave with a smooth but tight finish which has a thread count of at least 180 and can be used for bedlinen as well as towels.
The general rule of thumb is that the higher the thread count of the bed linen Egyptian cotton, the softer the thread and weave will be. Lower thread counts are usually associated with lower durability due to coarser and thicker threads. A count of at least 400 is required for a strong fabric that is appropriate for everyday use and feels soft to the touch as well. Egyptian cotton is a completely natural fibre which means it is a breathable material which will help you get a good night’s sleep.
So when you are deciding which bed linen Egyptian cotton to buy then you should consider your personal preference. If you will be frequently washing the linen then go for a durable finish and if you are concerned about luxury then choose the sheets with a smooth satin finish.