Many people have pondered this question. Today we will go over the facts about Egyptian cotton and hopefully give you the answer you're looking for. Ready to get started? Good.
The most coveted cotton on the planet is Egyptian cotton, but with other super high quality sheets on the market today, does Egyptian cotton stand firm when pressed?
What Makes Egyptian Cotton so Sought After?
The fibers of ELS Egyptian cotton have the longest cotton fibers in the world and there is an entire line of seed strains in Egypt that really does produce the longest cotton fibers. The longer the fiber, the stronger the thread made from it. The seed line is named Giza and Giza 45 is the most expensive in the world.
Egyptian cotton also weaves tighter and is great with a plethora of weaves. You can use a sateen weave, which is the smoothest of all, giving the silk type of feel or percale weaves for the more crisp, luxury hotel type of sheets.
What's the Best Thread Count for Egyptian Cotton Sheets?
If you have actual ELS Egyptian cotton from the Giza line, your thread counts should be between 400 and 800 thread count. Because of the ELS (extra long staple) fibers, the threads are tighter when woven and much stronger than normal cotton by far.
If you are buying thread counts over 800, you should start questioning the price. If you pay attention, the cheaper the sheets, the higher the thread counts when looking at Egyptian cotton sheets. Luxury of the Pharaohs has some helpful and more detailed information on marketing gimmicks, laws and how to sort the frauds from the real deal.
Why do I say that a higher thread count is a sign of low quality?
Any cotton grown in Egypt is legally considered Egyptian cotton, even if it is standard upland cotton as long as it's grown in Egypt. If you are not careful, you may buy upland types of cotton (regular short fiber cottons) that are no different in quality than your common t-shirt in Wal-Mart.