When it comes to bedding, there seems to be as many choices in fabric and styles as there are colors. One of the highest quality choices in sheet sets are those that are made of Egyptian Cotton. Known for its luxurious softness and durability, Egyptian Cotton sheet sets carry a higher price tag than regular cotton for several reasons.
Properties of Egyptian Cotton
Egyptian Cotton is grown from a different plant than regular cotton, so its properties are inherently different. Formed in the rich soil of the Nile River Valley, the cotton has extra long fibers, known as “staples”, which can be wound into extra-fine strands and used in good bed sheets. These very fine strands allow for a higher thread count when the cotton is woven into fabric. The result is a luxuriously soft and lustrous material. And while the sheets may seem a little stiff when brand new, each time they are washed, they become softer. Since they are so durable, this means super-soft sheets for years to come.
Durability of Egyptian Cotton
Because it is composed of a longer staple, the thread made from Egyptian Cotton contains more uninterrupted fiber. This means there are few places where the threads are spliced together, creating a stronger thread and, therefore, stronger fabric. The higher thread count also contributes to a more durable fabric.
Other Benefits of Egyptian Cotton
Besides its softness and durability, Egyptian Cotton produces very little lint when processed. The sheets made from Egyptian Cotton, therefore, produce less lint than regular cotton sheets. This translates into less pilling on the fabric, so the sheets will maintain their luster for years to come.
Egyptian Cotton is more porous than other cotton, so it absorbs moisture more readily. This can help one sleep better and more comfortably than on regular cotton sheets. Since it is so absorbent, the fabric is also able to take in more dye, resulting in more vibrantly colored sheets.
If you are in the market for new sheet sets and would like to invest in a high quality product that will last, Egyptian Cotton may be the choice for you. Be sure to check that it is 100% Egyptian Cotton and not a blend, which will result in a lower quality sheet. By choosing this superior fabric, you will ensure years of comfort, durability and beauty for your bedding and your home.