Why Thread Count can be misleading
Thread count is one of the most abused terms in the bed linen industry with creative "counting" methods used to inflate thread counts and price tags accordingly.
Thread count refers to the number of vertical (warp) and horizontal (weft) threads woven per 10 square cm (NZ & Australia) or per square inch (Europe).
Extra threads or "picks" can also be woven into the weft threads to increase the thread count and the weight of the final product.
Additionally multi-ply threads may be used which are then counted individually to increase the overall thread count.
In terms of weave quality alone, the best fabric would be made with single ply yarns and have a single pick. However the highest thread count you can get with this type of construction is about 500 (per square inch). To achieve higher a thread count then, requires the use of 2, 3 or even 4 ply yarns and / or multi-picks.
So what else is important in the production of quality linens?
Fibre Quality, Long Staple is always best
Long staple cotton is very important in the production of high quality cotton. Staple refers to the length of the cotton fibre, the longer the fibre the better the quality as it allows for the creation of stronger and finer yarns.
Yarn size refers to the fineness of each yarn, the higher the yarn size the finer the yarn. Finer yarns allow for lighter, more supple fabric. Higher thread counts may be created with finer yarns because more of them can be woven into a square inch. Super fine yarns may also be twisted together, creating 2 ply yarns that can then be woven into lighter weight sheeting.
After cotton yarns are woven into a fabric, the fabric needs to be finished. This includes singeing and mercerising. Singeing refers to the process of burning off the tiny fuzz that can later develop into piling on your sheets. Mercerising is a treatment conducted under tension, that increases strength, lustre, and the ability of the fabric to absorb dye.
Origin - Why we only buy from Portugal
The Portuguese textile industry has been producing high quality home textiles for generations. They use their considerable knowledge and experience together with the best raw materials, cutting edge technology and beautiful design, to produce wonderfully high quality products.
How they feel
At Capricho we encourage you to trust your senses, the feel of high quality bed and bath linens are unmistakable, so always make sure that the fabric feels good against your skin!
Which weave is right for you
Percale is a traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave that results in a smooth, cool, crisp feel. Its exceptional softness and durability means that percale weave sheets will improve with every wash. They are lightweight and breathable, making percale particularly good for the summer months and all year round warmer sleepers.
Sateen is a one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave which means more surface threads giving sateen its signature silky-soft feel and luminous sheen. Sateen is more tightly woven and slightly heavier in weight than Percale, making it warmer and incredibly soft, ideal for year-round comfort.