When it comes to the world of luxury linens, one type of fabric is mentioned more than any other: Egyptian cotton. It’s said to be the best bedding material money can buy, and promises comfortable sleep like you’ve never experienced it before.
But what exactly is it about this North African export that makes it the crème de la crème of cotton? We have a few ideas:
1. Fibre Length
The biggest advantage that Egyptian cotton plants have is their location. Not only is the climate ideal for crops, the Nile keeps the soil rich in minerals, supporting the growth of superior produce. That’s why, even though cotton isn’t indigenous to this part of the world, fibres found here are proven to be longer.
2. Thread Count (TC)
The extra length also impacts the TC, which tells buyers how many threads can be woven together in a square inch of material. It’s also an indication of how luxurious the fabric is, because the more you can weave, and the higher the count, the better it feels to the touch.
While the average cottons have a TC between 150 and 250, the Egyptian variety is on the higher end of the scale at 300 or more.
3. Fabric Strength
Despite being fine enough to weave very close together, the length of each fibre is actually what makes Egyptian cotton stronger than most other kinds. It’s also more durable and resistant against wear and tear, and can be laundered with other bedding easily.
As an added benefit, it’s wrinkle resistant too, so duvet cover sets and sheets require less ironing.
4. Smooth Texture
Even though Egyptian cotton fibres are more durable than others, this doesn’t negatively affect their feel. In fact, they’re noticeably softer and silky. Egypt’s agricultural processes are to thank here, as no chemicals or pesticides are used on the plants, and crops are handpicked to maintain their purity.
With this many benefits, it’s understandable why they cost more than the average item. Bought at a trusted store, you’re sure to get what you pay for.
At Volpes, we stock Egyptian cotton duvet cover sets, pillowcases and, flat and fitted sheets – all of which are competitively priced and of excellent quality. And, with our online store you don’t even have to leave your bed.