Why Egyptian Cotton Bedding

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THREAD COUNT (TC): is the number of threads per square inch both vertical and horizontal in a one-inch square of fabric. The higher the or TC the softer and more lustrous the fabric and the more durable and less prone to shrinkage. It can range from anywhere between 80-1500.  By twisting two fibres together mills can double the count of a fabric. By twisting three fibres together they can triple it and so on, so some 1000 tc sheets are actually 330 TC 3-ply or 250 TC 4-ply. The highest that can be woven into a single ply is 1500tc and if you can find a set of these, then you've found yourself a great set of sheets (depending on the cotton used). 

PLY: Although thread count is very important it is not the only factor to consider when purchasing a set of sheets. One must take into consideration the type of cotton used and the "ply" of the sheets. The term "ply" refers to the number of single fibres twisted together before it is woven into a fabric. Single-ply sheets are woven with long-staple (ELS) cotton fibers for superior levels of quality, durability and softness. These ultra fine yarns of cotton are silkier, softer and more lustrous. We used the thinnest possible Egyptian cotton yarn woven in the most advanced weaving looms to create a true master piece in beddings.

The benefits of having high thread count sheets is that mills are forced to create much finer threads in order to increase the amount of threads in a square inch (keeping in mind that they don't also increase the ply). Finer threads usually result in a much smoother and softer fabric. This is the main reason that a higher count fabric is more desirable than a lower. Having finer threads also means that the threads are slightly more delicate so one must use proper care instructions when washing their linens. To summarize it all you have to find a balance between the thread count and the ply. If you're looking for the ultimate in softness then a 300 tc single ply would be perfect as they offer good quality and are soft and durable. If you prefer a heavier warmer set of sheets which you want to last for years to come then between 1000 tc or 1500 tc single ply is for you.

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This article was published on 2010/04/03