There are so many choices when it comes to shopping for the best cotton bed linen and one of the main decisions you need to make is how your bedding looks and feels. A very popular choice is cotton percale which is synonymous with luxury bedding. However, many people are still uncertain about what it means or indeed what its benefits are.
HISTORY OF COTTON PERCALE
Percale sheets first appeared during the reign of the Persian Empire and the word comes from the Persian “pargalah”. Early types of percale sheets were exported from Persian manufacturers to countries such as India and Egypt, which were already known for their high-quality cotton sheets. The earliest weaving methods required a traditional loom to weave the cotton threads into fabric. This method caught the attention of French textile manufacturers in the 17th and 18th centuries when they realised the benefits of the weave pattern. Using their own blend of threads, they modernised the process and began to market their own fabrics made from a variety of fibres.
SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS COTTON PERCALE?
Often misunderstood as a particular blend of fabric, cotton percale actually describes the type of weave used in bedding. The term ‘percale’ defines the simple criss-cross pattern which enables the threads to be woven tightly. A series of vertical and horizontal threads woven one at a time sets percale apart from other fabric weaves. This process is simple but effective, using a plain weave, one thread is woven over and one thread under to create a strong and exceptionally durable cotton. The weave used in cotton percale is considerably tighter than those used in other bedding and produces a minimum of 180 thread count. The higher the thread count, the better the quality. Our Classic Cotton percale bed linen is 300 thread count.
HOW DOES COTTON PERCALE LOOK & FEEL?
Percale has a smooth, cool and crisp feel with a simple matte finish and has a slightly lighter weight than sateen. It's often the choice of five-star hotels around the world. To achieve that crisp hotel look for your bedroom, you may find cotton percale requires a certain amount of ironing, but believe us, it’s worth the effort.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COTTON PERCALE?
Cotton percale is one of the most popular combinations of fabric and weave. It combines the perfect balance between softness and strength as well as being lightweight and breathable. It's easy to care for and even after years of use will resist pilling and look as good as new.
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