100% ORGANIC COTTON
Cotton fabrics with woven patterns, soft “slick“ surface.
PERCALE & PRINTED
ABOUT THREAD COUNT
Since AREA has been in the bedding business for almost 30 years we would like to share what we have learned on the subject, as well as our point of view.
Thread count is a measure of how many threads are woven into one square inch of fabric. Good quality sheets start at 180 thread count, 200 and higher are considered premium. While thread count is a consideration, even more important is the quality of the cotton, the hand or feel of the fabric, the nature of the finishing, and of course the design and value.
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The quality of cotton depends on the lengths of the individual fibers, or staples, the longer the staple, the better the cotton. Longer staples allow the cotton to be spun into a stronger, softer, more lustrous fabric, which is also less likely to pill and with finer yarns, more can be woven into each square inch. The best quality cotton results in a stronger fabric with a soft hand, which is why a 200tc sheet can feel nicer than a 400tc sheet that uses an inferior grade of cotton.
The way in which a fabric is woven also has an effect on its feel. Cotton sateen sheets feel softer than those with a basic percale weave. A sateen weave has more weft yarns on the top surface, resulting in a delicate fabric with a silk-like touch and lustrous finish. A percale, which is more evenly woven, is sturdier, has a crisper feel and matte finish.