What is Cotton Percale?
Luxury Bed Linen is a must for all of us nowadays as a recent survey revealed that on average, we spend around a third of our lives in bed. However, with most of us uncertain as to what defines ‘luxury’ when it comes to our bed linen, it seems an explanation of Cotton Percale is long overdue.
We all should know by now that when finding the perfect Luxury Bed Linen, cotton is the fabric of choice. Cotton is a much more breathable and lightweight fabric, providing a soft and comfortable material that doesn’t stick to the skin- an ideal choice for sleeping. Its lightweight texture also makes it easier for stains and marks to be removed so a practical option too.
As we head up the spectrum of quality though, we find the different variants of cotton battling it out for first place. The finest quality cotton boasts the longest individual fibres as a longer length is what allows the cotton to be spun into a finer-textured thread which can be woven into a softer fabric.
Now for the complex bit, be careful when purchasing your Luxury Bed Linen as the terminology used when describing bedding can seem a bit ambiguous. For example, when bed linen is described as being percale, don’t assume that is made from pure Cotton Percale. ‘Percale’ refers to the weave of the fabric, not its content, therefore your bed linen may be described as percale, but its content may contain a blend of cotton and polyester, losing its highest luxury value.
Cotton Percale has a thread count of around 200 or higher and is noticeably tighter than the other weaves used for standard bedding. Despite its closely woven texture, the weave allows air to pass through much easier than Cotton Sateen, making it a much more breathable fabric, adding to its softness. The weave also is incredibly strong due to the tight one thread over, one thread under, plain weave process.
All these factors combined justify the price bracket that Cotton Percale Luxury Bed Linen comes under. The strength of this fabric gives you value for money as it provides a long lasting luxury bedding solution. The highest quality Cotton Percale also covers all bases regarding your body’s needs, its distinct weave accommodates to temperature, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep, every day of the year.