There are few feelings more delicious than sliding into a bed made up with Egyptian cotton sheets. Beloved for their softness, sheen, and breathability, Egyptian cotton sheets are made from extra-long staple cotton fibers. The end result is that they maintain their strength and silkiness no matter how many times you toss them in the wash. While Egyptian cotton has long been considered the pinnacle of bedding comfort, shoppers may struggle to determine what is a good thread count for Egyptian cotton sheets. After all, a trip to the store reveals packages with counts from as low as 200 to as high as 2000. Keep reading to learn the truth about thread count and discover some of the best sheet sets on sale at Pure Parima. 

The Truth About Thread Count

A measure of the total number of horizontal and vertical threads in one square inch of fabric, thread count does have an impact on bedding quality. However, a higher thread count doesn’t necessarily correlate with superior sheets. Moreover, the truth is that only about 800 threads can fit in a square inch of fabric. Companies claiming to sell sheets with a count of 1000 or 1500 are misleading buyers about their products in order to boost profits. 

So how do businesses get away with mislabeling bedding? Manufacturers trick buyers by using multi-ply rather than single-ply yarn. Made by twisting two or more strands of lower-end thread together, multi-ply cotton is generally rougher and less durable. The result is heavier sheets featuring a coarser, less breathable texture. On the other hand, single-ply yarn is made from high-quality, long-staple Egyptian cotton. Along with being exceptionally strong and tremendously soft to the touch, single-ply yarn allows air and moisture to pass through. The result is that skin stays cool and dry no matter how high the temperature rises. 

Shoppers looking to purchase the best-quality sheets should always seek out the Egyptian cotton label on the package. Additionally, they should seek out bedding with a thread count between 400 and 800. This measurement indicates that sheets are made from pure single-ply Egyptian cotton yarn and no substitutes. 

The Importance of Weave

While thread count can be a misleading measure in the world of sheet quality, weave is often of crucial importance. That’s because the weave of your Egyptian cotton sheets has a significant effect on how they feel against the skin. Those who appreciate the cool, fresh feel of the bedding found in luxury hotels will likely be drawn to percale fabrics. Featuring a one over, one under pattern, this weave produces a tight fabric that looks matte and feels crisp to the touch. Because of its breathability, percale is a great option for hot sleepers and anyone residing in warm climates. 

Prefer your sheets on the silky side? If so, a sateen weave is likely to be your bedding of choice. Made from a three over, one under weave, sateen sheets feel like silk while offering all the benefits of a cotton. Boasting a light shine and warm but breathable heft, sateen tends to resist wrinkling. So it’s a perfect choice for those who would prefer not to iron their bedding. And because it’s a little thicker than percale, sateen works well for winter. Ultimately, the right bedding option is whatever one sparks joy for you. 

The Best Egyptian Cotton Sheets

One of the benefits of choosing Pure Parima over the competition is that you know what you’re buying is the real deal. So all you have to do is choose the sheet set that best suits your needs. Here are three of the most popular bedding collections currently available in our online shop:

Yalda Sheet Set

One of our most beloved bedding sets, the Yalda Collection is crafted from 100 percent Egyptian cotton sateen and features a thread count of 400. Made from extra-long staple fibers that were picked by hand in the Nile River Valley, this set boasts double-hem stitching, so you know the sheets are built to last. Additionally, this soothing collection comes in an array of shades, including classics like White and Ivory and less common hues such as Midnight, Olive, and Canyon. Interested customers can choose from sizes twin through king and split king. 

Triple Luxe Sateen Sheet Set | Hotel Collection

Another popular choice among sateen lovers, the Triple Luxe Sateen Sheet Set marries lush comfort and modern style. Part of the Hotel Collection, our Triple Luxe Sheets are made with 700 thread count cotton and boast triple embroidered stitching. While the base color is a creamy white, the sheet sets feature a subtle stripe pattern for added elegance. Choose from stripe colors like Teal, Graphic, Arctic, and Gold. The set is made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton and comes in sizes king, queen, and California king. 

Ultra Percale Sheet Set | Hotel Collection

Of course, some sleepers prefer the freshness of percale over the softness of satin. If so, the Ultra Percale Sheet Set is the way to go. This Hotel Collection set brings both calmness and beauty to your bedroom, looking just as natural in a primary as it does a guest room. The matte percale fabric is delightfully cooling while the timeless design is sure to meld well with your current decor. Customers have their choice of colors including White, Bone, and Slate. 

Looking to finish off your revamped bedroom look? Think about accenting your new sheets with one of our coordinating duvet cover sets. Crafted from the same high-end fabric as the sheet collections, our duvets and pillowcases come in an array of colors, sizes, and designs. 

Shop Pure Parima Bedding Today

The quality of the cotton is just one way in which Pure Parima bedding differs from the pack. Along with being crafted from hand-picked extra-long staple Egyptian cotton, our sheets and duvet covers are certified by the Cotton Egypt Association for purity. So you know what you’re buying is 100 percent cotton and no substitutes. Additionally, all Pure Parima products are OEKO-TEX certified, meaning they’re manufactured free from harmful substances and chemicals. Ready to discover the beauty of better bedding? Shop our Egyptian cotton sheets today and start getting more sleep.