Below is a description of common sheets found at the stores and what makes each one different.
Egyptian Cotton SheetsLong staple variety from Egypt with fiber length of around 1 3/8" known for it's luxurious softness. At one time Egyptian cotton sheets were sold primarily in the more expensive stores but today you can find them in most linen departments. The longer the fiber, the more luxurious and durable the grade of cotton.
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Pima Cotton SheetsKnown for it's strength and durability Pima cotton was developed in the southwestern U.S by a careful breeding of Egyptian cottons which fiber length averages 1 1/2".
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SuPima Cotton SheetsSuPima is a certification mark used by members of the SuPima Association of America and certifies that the fabric is 100% Southwestern cotton grown by members of the association.
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Sateen SheetsSateen Sheets have a stitch of four over, one under, placing the most threads on the surface, making it lustrous and smooth, although not as durable as other weaves.
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PinpointThis is a stitch of two over and one under. It is very durable but not as soft as other weaves.
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