Egyptian cotton fibre, smaller in diameter but stronger than other types
Egyptian cotton has become wildly popular because of its ability to create extra long staples. Like a fine wine, Egyptian cotton products definitely improves with age. Egyptian cotton yarn is smaller in diameter yet stronger than other cotton types. After all, it was believed for a long time that cotton was cotton and it was actually the ‘thread count’ of the cotton fabric that was the only important factor when choosing quality bed linen. However, this is no longer the case as consumer guidelines for buying bedding suggest that cotton from Egypt is superior to other cotton. But why is this? And does Egyptian cotton really produce better quality bed linen? What difference does it make?
As a natural product, the quality of the cotton used to make the thread is paramount in creating high quality woven fabrics. This can be affected by growing conditions such as weather, soil, temperature and of course, the plant type. Egyptian grown cotton is known for its ability to create extra long staples, or fibres. These fibres can produce thread or yarns that are thinner than other cottons because of their longer length. Smaller yarn means that more threads per square inch of material can be used to create a more luxurious fabric which is stronger, lighter in weight, yet breathes well.
Many buyers think that choosing high thread count sheets is the only gauge of quality which is not true, as in the case of Egyptian grown cotton the threads in are longer, stronger and closer together. Pure Egyptian cotton fabrics resist pilling after repeated washings, as the cotton plants used to make it don’t produce a lot of lint, unlike other cottons, or blended Egyptian cottons, which may pill. If properly cared for, bed linen produced from Egyptian cotton can last for decades.
Please bear in mind that the feel of bed linen created from Egyptian grown cotton is a bit harder than other cottons when the bedding is new. However, with every wash, Egyptian cotton duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases become softer and softer. Like a fine wine, Egyptian cotton bedding definitely improves with age and, unlike many products, you will prize it more and more with time and use. The cheaper Egyptian cotton bed linen is likely to be made from a blend of fibres. Sheets made from Egyptian cotton are used around the world; these are preferred for their smooth texture, longer yarns and better weaving patterns.