Should I buy Egyptian cotton linen or a good 200T/C percale?
Now, if we’re honest, most of us have at some point in our lives been confronted with the ‘facts’ around Egyptian Cotton and wondered about how this compares to normal Upland cotton as it is referred to in the industry. You may have read up about the choices too, but did you really understand what it’s about? Is there merit in all the fuss? Lets see...
On the technical side: Egyptian Cotton is a cultivar of cotton known as Pima cotton and is originally grown in North & South America and in Egypt. It is generally known that Pima (Egyptian) cotton has on average, a longer length and strength in the fibre than normal cotton. It therefore stands to reason that it should in fact be superior in strength and also more durable. This is where the interesting part comes in…. Far from going into all the nitty gritty details of the manufacturing process, the short and sweet of it is that there are many factors that affect the final outcome of the quality of the fabric. If the manufacturing process is not controlled correctly, more damage than good can be done to the end product.
What is the point of knowing this you might ask? Well, you should be able to make an informed decision when purchasing bedding, especially when considering whether or not to buy Egyptian cotton. If you want to make climbing into bed at night the highlight of your day, then this is very important.
The reality is that today there are many options of normal cotton that will give you as long a lifespan as Egyptian cotton and sometimes even longer. It is very difficult to know the difference as it is, so our advice is to make sure you buy your bed linen from a reputable supplier. Naturally, take your preference into account, as most Egyptian cotton bedding is made in a sateen weave, giving it that beautiful smooth surface. If you prefer the crisp feel of cotton, remember that a good 200- or 300T/C normal pure cotton percale will serve you just as well. There certainly is a space for both in the market. Finally, be alert, ask questions, and enjoy your choice in the end. Either way, knowing your options will help you make the best choice for you.