Cotton absorbs moisture and retains warmth when wet. It feels cool to the touch on warm days yet will be warm on chilly days. It does not pill, is hypoallergenic and can be produced organically. It can be laundered at high heat, it dries quickly and takes dye well. It breathes, allowing air to move between layers. Like most natural fibers, cotton is static proof. Cotton fibers can be thin and long which, when twisted into yarn and woven, produce a silk-like fabric that is highly prized in bedding.
Thread count means the number of threads in one square inch of fabric. Percale means that the thread count must have 180 threads per square inch or better. The higher the thread count the less breathable the sheet becomes because of the tightness of the weave. All thread counts are measured based on a single square inch of fabric. For instance in a 800 - 1000 thread count sheets, the fibres used are very fine, and if the highest quality cotton is not used can “pill”. In our experience the most durable sheets are between 200 - 400 thread count, which can offer the most comfort, breathability and longevity.