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100% Egyptian Cotton Sheet Sets

The luxurious feel of soft cotton bed sheets can make for a great night’s sleep. 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets offer unparalleled softness, style and durability. Once available only in fine linen shops, Egyptian cotton bed sheets are becoming more popular as more people discover that 100% Egyptian cotton sheets are the best sheets to sleep on. Egyptian cotton sheets are as beautiful as they are soft and durable. Available in a rainbow of decorative colors and patterns, 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets will add comfort and style to any room decor.

100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets

As a strong, long stapled cotton fiber, Egyptian cotton is unrivaled as a source of fabric for a variety of fine linens. Other cotton varieties cotton plant species like Pima are hybrid varieties have been developed as an alternative to pure Egyptian cotton. The Pima species was developed using Egyptian and Upland cotton and was once referred to as American-Egyptian cotton. Though Pima cotton is a quality substitute, there is nothing like the soft, cushy feel of bed sheets made from genuine Egyptian cotton.

The increasing popularity of Egyptian cotton linens is no accident of history. For over hundred years, commercial cotton production in Egypt to has continued to respond to world demand. Still Egyptian cotton reflects less than 10 percent of worldwide cotton production. Sharp increases in global trade have provided commodities like Egyptian cotton with worldwide market opportunities. Consumers have responded by choosing 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets in greater numbers every year.

When choosing bed sheets and bed linens made from Egyptian cotton, you should take the time to understand the ways in which cotton is produced and processed. The term Egyptian cotton refers to the species of cotton plant, not necessarily where the cotton is grown. Many different cotton fabric styles and weaves are made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and it is important to learn some basic facts about cotton fabric.

100 Percent Egyptian Cotton Sheet Fabric

The basic crisscross weave pattern uses two threads called the warp and the weft. The warp thread runs in the direction of the long axis of the fabric. The weft thread runs in the direction of short axis of the fabric. Though some fabrics may use variations of this pattern, all fabrics are woven in much the same way.

One very important variation in the weaving of household linens is the thread count. Thread count or TC is a measurement of the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric. Thread counts in household linens range from 100 to over 1000.

The number of threads used to make a 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheet is something you should count on. When choosing any type of bed linen, the thread count is a key determinant of the quality, softness and durability. Modern fabric weaving, while automated, has kept the same basic structure that has been used for many years.

Less expensive bed sheets will have a thread count lower than 200 threads per square inch of fabric. Bed linens with a thread of 100 will feel flimsy, somewhat coarse and are more likely to pill. Bed sheets and linens with thread counts of 200 or higher will feel much more substantial and softer. Fabrics with higher thread counts are more durable.

High quality one hundred percent Egyptian cotton sheets will have a thread count of at least 300.

Egyptian Cotton Sateen For Sheet Sets

Most cotton fabric is produced using a one under one over weave. Sateen is a variation of weaving Egyptian cotton fabric which uses a one under and four over weaving process. This process exposes more threads at the surface of the fabric which gives the fabric a very soft and silken feel. Sateen should not be confused with satin which is made from silk instead of cotton fiber. In order to achieve a softer feel, many sateen producers will use harsh chemical treatments. Unlike short staple cotton like upland and 100 percent Egyptian cotton fibers are so soft, chemical processing is not needed.

Egyptian cotton sheets are as beautiful as they are soft and durable. Available in a rainbow of decorative colors and patterns, 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets will add comfort and style to any room decor.

Egyptian Cotton Logos and Fabric Content

Competition between imported Egyptian cotton and domestically produced cotton varieties is heating up. In 2001, growers of Egyptian cotton took a big step in the branding and promotion and the results have been significant. Adopting a logo that promotes products made from 100% Egyptian cotton, has driven sales in the U.S. market to new highs. Not surprisingly, the logo features a pyramid shape, symbolizing the Great Pyramid of Giza. The center of the pyramid features a cotton boll, the fiber blossom of the cotton plant.

Before the logo was adopted, exports to the U.S. of bed linens made from 100% Egyptian cotton were far below $5 million annually. Since the adoption of logo and expanded product labeling, imports of Egyptian cotton products to the U.S. has grown to well over $20 million annually.

Bed sheets and other linens made from Egyptian cotton compete directly with similar items made from Pima cotton fiber. Pima cotton is grown throughout South America and the American Southwest. Like Egyptian cotton, Pima cotton fibers are long stranded and very soft. Growers of Pima cotton, as well producers of Pima cotton products also introduced a licensing and certification program similar to the Egyptian program.

As with any attempt at branding and labeling, there is a risk that the labeling will become a target for unauthorized duplication. The intentional mis identification of certified products can occur at several levels. Unscrupulous producers may substitute lower quality fibers or use fibers that are not 100% Egyptian cotton.

Other producers may use a fabric sleight of hand. For example, a product content label may indicate that the loops of a terry cloth towel might be 100% Egyptian cotton without listing that the ground layer consists of other cotton types or generic fibers. According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a fabric content label must clearly state the weight of each fabric type by percentage. If the Egyptian cotton loops make up 50% of the fabric weight and Upland cotton is used for the ground layer, the product label must clearly indicate the percentage of Upland cotton.

A bargain price for a high quality item may be a red flag for consumers. If the price for Egyptian cotton linens seems too good to be true, it is. Buying 100% Egyptian bed sheets from a reliable and reputable source is one way for consumers to get what they pay for. Always look for the 100 percent Egyptian cotton label when shopping for bed sheets and other goods.