Believe it or not, it is not all about thread count. At Seneca, we look for four things when choosing quality sheeting.
The Cotton, The Weave, The Thread Count, The Hand
1. THE COTTON
Firstly you want to look for cotton that is grown in Egypt. Combed Egyptian cotton has extra long silky fibres which allows a long fine yarn to be twisted. This creates silkiness, softness, durability and no pilling.
2. THE WEAVE
The weave is equally as important. It affects the handle and the appearance of the finished cloth. Our cloth is woven in Egypt using techniques that achieve strong, smooth results.
3. THE THREAD COUNT
Thread count is the number of threads per 10cm2. The higher the thread count, the finer the quality of the sheet. Quality sheets start at about 200 thread count. A high thread-count sheet (500), made from a long staple cotton such as Egyptian Cotton will increase in softness and luster after a number of washings. A sheet over 500 thread count may actually become stiffer. A good test is in the “hand” of the sheet.
4. THE HAND
The hand, or the way the sheet feels to touch is affected by the weave, the finishing process (heat and chemicals), and the dyeing process. The Portuguese, and the Egyptians are known for being good weavers so it pays to look for sheeting made there.
If you'd like to try Seneca's 500 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Sheets see our website for more details and for stockists.