What is percale weave bedding? What is sateen? Bed linen descriptions can leave you feeling very confused. What is the difference? What will suit me best?
The difference between percale and sateen weave is in how the cotton threads are woven. This creates a different look, feel and experience. Which is better really comes down to a matter of preference. Both weave types will give you luxurious and comfortable bed linen and ultimately a great night’s sleep.
Percale is often described as a “crisply ironed shirt”, compared to sateen as a “favourite old t-shirt.” This is a great way to describe the difference.
This week we are looking at percale weave, how it’s made, how it feels and how to know if it’s for you. Linen Quarter sells percale and sateen weave bed linen, with both fabric types made from the finest natural 100% organic cotton.
How is percale made?
The cotton threads (yarns) for a this weave are woven in a traditional one-thread-over and one-thread-under pattern, a weave that has been used for hundreds of years. This weave gives the fabric its strength and durability as well as its cool, crisp feel. We love its matte finish and it is exceptionally soft. To be called percale, the fabric must have a thread count of 180 per square inch or higher. Linen Quarter’s percale weave has a thread count of 200, which is high quality, luxurious bed linen.
How does percale feel?
A luxury percale weave cotton fabric provides a cool and crisp, silk-like feel to the skin. This is why we call it our Cool & Crisp range. It is lightweight and breathable, making it perfect for naturally warm sleepers or the summer months, as it feels cool against the skin. This is the bedding of luxury hotels with its cool, crisp and luxurious feel.
Is it for me?
This weave creates a lightweight and airy feel whilst sleeping. If you’re a naturally warm sleeper and like sleeping in cool, crisp and breathable bed linen, then this is the weave for you.
Percale tends to initially wrinkle after washing, but over time, with repeated use and washing, the fibres will soften and the wrinkles lessen. It simply improves with every wash. Unless you like the wrinkled look, you will have to put in some effort with an iron. The effort is worth it though! Those who love percale accept this aspect of its personality because the tight plain weave is how this fabric becomes cool and crisp.
It’s worth noting that percale is more durable and long lasting than other cotton fabric types. Another bonus!
Linen Quarter’s Cool & Crisp percale collection – the bed linen of luxury hotels
Our Cool & Crisp bedding collection is lightweight and breathable, giving you a luxury hotel experience in your own home. It is also made from the finest natural 100% organic cotton. This is better for you, better for the farmers and their families, and better for the environment.
You can shop our percale range here.
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