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Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen

Belledorm Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Believe it or not, not all Egyptian cotton bedlinen is the same.

Cotton is graded and just like everything else, you can buy standard cotton and then you can buy superior levels of Egyptian cotton which have fewer slubs or faults per square inch than cheaper bedding made with inferior cotton.

It is well reported that Egypt grows some of the finest cotton in the world.

The growing conditions on the banks of Nile are ideal for producing a soft and sumptuous cotton bud and the fibres are longer in length than normal cotton fibres and this allows them to be spun into high thread count cotton sheets that will last a long time due to the strength and robustness of the yarns.

Quality factors in Egyptian cotton

There many other factors to look out for when purchasing the best grade of cotton. Quality Egyptian cotton sheets and duvet covers are mercerised and sanforised, these two special treatments are essential in ensuring the fabric looks as good as new in years to come.

The treatments help reduce shrinkage and skewing and also ensure that no pilling occurs. Also before i forget, another important aspect of quality is the way the cotton is cleaned before spinning, I don’t mean washing or ironing in this case.

When the raw cotton is processed it is full of impurities like the natural aspects of the plant, this needs to be removed to ensure a superior grade of cotton. If they are not removed fully, as you sometimes get with cheap cotton bedding products, the fabric has slubs or defects in them which can degrade to the overall quality.

Purifying cotton

Two methods are used to purify the cotton, the cheapest and widely used method is carding and the expensive way is brushing.

The best way we can describe this is to use this method, if you take your hair for example and if you use a credit card to straighten your hair it will only remove and flatten the top part of your hair whereas if you use a metal comb you will get right through and remove more impurities and also untangle and straighten the entire length and make it feel softer and less compact (which is ideal for processing into the final cotton yarns).

Best brands of Egyptian cotton bed linen

Peter Reed Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Taking the above into account, how do you know you are getting the real deal at the right price?

Well, two companies we deal with that are known to only use genuine Egyptian cottonare Belledorm and Peter Reed.

These two companies represent superb value for money although they offer two very different levels of price and overall craftsmanship.

Our most popular range of Egyptian cotton bedding is from Belledorm, their range is produced entirely within Egypt and even comes with their official government stamp of approval which ensures that the customer only receives a cotton sheet that is grown, manufactured and packaged in an approval factory in Alexandria, Egypt.

Good value for money is what you will receive if you pick their excellent 400 thread Count Egyptian cotton bedding range.

The finishing and colour is very good and the attention to detail is exceptional given the cost to buy high thread count bedding. Now if money was no object and you want the very best quality without compromise, then you can select the finest Egyptian cotton bedding there is.

Peter Reed

In our opinion Peter Reed Bed Linen epitomises all that was once King Cotton in the old Lancashire cotton days. Only the finest grade of Egyptian cotton is used here, selected from the best crops and harvested the old way to ensure that no mechanical actions damage the highly prized cotton buds.

Not only do you get superior levels of cotton but the attention to detail you receive from Peter Reed is like no other, the way they finish the oxford pillowcase to the traditional style selvages that add that all important luxury feel and quality to their exceptional range of Egyptian cotton sheets.

Have a look at their range here.

Genuine Egyptian cotton

When you buy bedding from a major brand you do expect to get what you pay for. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t, as the legislation regarding content and packaging does allow for a little bit of creative license.

They say that Egypt doesn’t grow enough cotton to manufacturer all of the products that have the Egyptian cotton brand on them and they can be mixed with inferior grades of cotton and still get away with being labelled as genuine.

This is not fair as we pay a premium for a better quality Egyptian cotton and it really should be what it says on the packaging and not just a brand name to get us to part with more of our hard earned money.

The examples we have given here use the real genuine 100% pure cotton grown and cultivated in Egypt so you can be rest assured that you are getting what you paid for.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets

What makes Egyptian cotton so unique, much is said about cotton sheets but what sets apart the very good from the really average? Egyptian cotton is brand name in its own right, with a reputation that is truly global. Having the label on your bedding gives you certain assurances of quality, craftsmanship and overall comfort. For hundreds of years cotton has cultivated, grown and then used in clothing and bedding, premium quality was once the preserve of wealthy clientele but as more and more of the world’s population got richer in their own rights the luxury bed linen market became more and more accessible and affordable

To become a major brand of bedding what does Egyptian cotton have to offer that you just cannot get in other fabrics, you do not get such a reputation by chance. Cotton is a truly organic product, grown naturally without chemicals and pesticides the resulting cotton crop is soft and fluffy. Cotton grown in Egypt is handpicked and cleaned using age old techniques that have been handed down through the ages, from farmer to farmer and so on. This time consuming and less invasive harvesting method helps keep the cotton from being overly refined resulting in a high grade of absorbent cotton. The ability of the fabric to absorb moisture is one the key advantages, this helps the cotton to become softer overtime, washing the fabric does not impair in abilities but only enhances it.

Egyptian Cotton Bedding
Egyptian Cotton Sheets

There is nothing finer in the world than slipping in to clean, crisp cotton sheets, sleeping is one the things we take for granted and it consumes over a third of our lives. It is very important that we achieve a good 6-8 hours of sleep every night or our health and happiness could deteriorate over time. A lot is said about long staple fibre yarns and single ply fabrics and more importantly thread count.

A high fabric pick or count can take care of the other two points as the cotton has to be manufactured from long staple yarns as they would just break under the extreme weaving processes that modern bedding has to endure. Two ply technologies are mainly incorporated to enhance the yarns strength and robustness, any fabric over 600 thread count will have a form of twisting involved in the yarns.

So what is thread all about and what should I choose to achieve the best results, we have included below a few key indicator you can go by. This method will not give you the whole story when it comes to choosing you new luxury Egyptian cotton sheets but thread count does mean you can expect quality and value for money. ‘Thread count’ or ‘pick’ is the number of threads in each square inch and generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the more luxurious, dense and soft the material will feel.

Luxury Cotton Sheets
Luxury Cotton Bedding

A Percale fabric is generally the minimum threads per square inch any good manufacturer will use in their premium bedding ranges, it is often a matt fabric and does not have the same luxurious sateen sheen that you will find in the higher counts. This is ideal for guest houses, smaller hotels and obviously the spare bedroom or guest room. Still very soft and sensuous this is great way of testing the water so to speak. This has a 200 thread count or 200 threads per square inch.

Stepping up from the basic percale range you will certainly want to try this for yourself, 400 Thread Count is definitely softer and a more substantial Egyptian cotton percale sheets than the 200 count, if you like being pampered every night choose for this quality for its cool feel and durability, this designer cotton bedding range is what you expect to find on the beds of major hotel chains worldwide.

Now we are getting somewhere, this is where we introduce you to some of the best fabrics you will find in the world. 600 thread count or 600 threads per square inch use the latest air jet technology to produce a wonderful creation that is straight out of a fairy tale. Premium levels of comfort and softness, this is one of those bedding fabrics that you will definitely want to stay in bed for.

1000 to 1200 Thread Count, now we have certainly arrived at royalty levels of opulence and sophistication. There is nowhere to go from here except to the bedroom to try out your latest investment. Health and sleep is very important and you have certainly proved this when you sleep in such luxury. Egyptian cotton does not come much better than this, soft, silky, strong and extremely durable this bedding will last a lifetime.

Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen Differences

Everybody is different and the way we buy our Egyptian cotton bedlinen is just as complex. Some prefer plain Matt colours and some of us like sateen finishes which shimmer in the different light conditions. One thing we can all agree on is that the quality should speak for itself, soft, comfortable and good value for money is paramount.

Our 200 thread count bedding is made of a matt cotton yarn, they are very soft and feel cool and crisp to the touch. Made entirely in Egypt from long staple fibres, they are a great way of dipping your toe in water if you have not tried cotton sheets before. They are not as luxurious as our best selling ranges of 400 Count Egyptian cotton, a premium quality which is great value and offers a sumptuous sateen finish that adds that all important touch of elegance and opulence. When we get to the 600 and 1000 thread counts the quality is right up there with the finest bedding in the world, the fabric is packed with a supersoft silky cotton weave that is very strong and feels like nothing you have slept on before. Good quality bedding from Egypt is a sound investment, they last much longer that other qualities of cotton so it does warrant the extra cost involved in purchasing it in the first place.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets
Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Not all cotton is the same, the lush crop cultivated in the upper reaches of the Nile produce a bumper crop that has oversized buds which can then be turned in extra long fibres which are essential in producing the best bed linen. The vast majority of cotton sold in the UK consists of white and ivory, this was mainly due to the hotel trade as crisp, clean white sheets was an important statement for their loyal customer base. Our Egyptian Cotton Percale ranges are based on some of the finest hotel bedding collections, they are manufactured to high specifications and are adorned with subtle embroideries and oxford edging to add to the appeal. The bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your home so choosing the right look is essential. More and more emphasis is now directed at the moods and ambiance of a room than ever before, if you feel relaxed and you enjoy your surroundings you will sleep much better and a healthy night’s sleep in very important and well documented.

Sheridan Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen
Sheridan Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen

All of our Luxury Egyptian Cotton Bedlinen ranges come with a good selection of sizes and extra deep fitted sheets. To compliment this we also offer a wide selection of colours and styles, our 400 Egyptian Cotton bedding has matching oxford duvet covers, pillowcases and flat sheets. Our 200 Count bed linen is totally plain for those of us who prefer the minimalist look including clean, crisp white sheets. The higher 600 and 1000 count ranges only come in white and ivory but still boast an impressive range of sizes for you to choose from including Emperor and European fitted sheets.

So no matter what bedroom mood you are after, we are sure to have what you are looking for, stocking sheets from major bedding manufacturers such as Sheridan, Peter Reed, Belledorm and Christy to name just a few. With over 100 years of expertise and know how between them, we are confident of the quality and commitment they apply to their extensive luxury bedding collections. There are many advantages of buying branded bedding but one of the main points is their extensive testing procedures and environmental policies. Egyptian Cotton Sheets can now be washed at very low temperatures and still look like new several years later, modern techniques are much kinder to the environment and more importantly our future.