There are a great many terms and numbers involved in purchasing bed linens. Without the proper understanding of terminology, buying sheets really can be a shot in the dark. Frequently, sheets are listed as "Cotton Percale," but in reality, this is misleading. Percale sheets are actually available in varying materials and percale is not a type of cotton.
Percale sheets are a type of high quality bed linen in which the threads are woven in a very tight pattern. They usually consist of two hundred or more threads per square inch.
Percale describes the woven quality of the sheets rather than the content. So percale sheets might be one hundred person cotton, a blend of cotton and polyester, cotton and linen, or any other type of thread.
Percale sheets can be in any color and are available in hundreds of patterns.
Percale sheets are actually a ceturies old tradition, beginning in India in the 17th and 18th centuries, and are now make all over the world
Since percale is a tighter, high quality weave than that of standard sheets, it is longer lasting, holds up better to washing, and is smoother and crisper to the touch.
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