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Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Egyptian Cotton Oxford Duvet Covers and Pillowcases

Egyptian Cotton has been known through the centuries as being far superior to any other cotton.

The lush Nile Delta river in the upper reaches of Egypt create a micro climate which is only found in a few places in the world.

Ideal conditions for growing the long staple fibres needed to produce high quality Egyptian cotton sheets and bedding.

We are often asked what is the staple length of cotton, well Egyptian cotton is approximately 12 to 15 centimetres in length where as common cotton fibres are around 8 to 12 centimetres in length.

Although this may not seem very much that extra length allows cotton weavers to produce a longer, finer and more robust fibre which can then be spun into very fine yarns which are ideal for producing very high thread count luxury bed linen.

Why Egyptian cotton for duvet covers?

Quality Egyptian cotton is preferred for making duvet covers as the material is highly absorbent and wicks away moisture from the body whilst sleeping which reduces the sleeping temperature and enables us to sleep more comfortably.

Egyptian sourced cotton is much better at this due to the lush growing conditions making the bud of the plant it is picked from nearly double the size of ordinary cotton buds.

Peter Reed 1000 Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers

Cotton is now many peoples choice rather than other bedding materials such as polyester as the overall feel of cotton is cool, crisp and luxurious where as polyester is now deemed to be used mainly as a budget purchase.

Mercerisation and Sanforisation are modern techniques that help preserve and protect the cotton yarns, mercerising is a process which reduces separation and pilling of the finished fabric and sanforisation shrinks the cotton fabric prior to being dyed.

This process helps with the care of cotton, better washing, less shrinkage, easier to iron. Although the easy care properties are still not as good polycotton sheets they are still superior to ordinary cotton bedding.

Eqyptian cotton quality types

Most Egyptian cotton duvet covers are woven to a minimum 200 count or into a Percale quality, this is bed linen or cotton sheets that have a minimum thread count pick of 200 threads per square inch. This is an industry standard weave and ensures that the customer receives luxury hotel quality cotton sheets.

More and more customers are now being switched on to the benefits of the higher thread count qualities so, Egyptian cotton bedding producers have reacted to this new high demand for premium quality bed linen and they now produce fabrics that are spun to thread counts greater than 1200 per square inch.

In order to achieve that super fine, resilient and strong fabric only the very best cotton can be used and the length of the staple fibre has to match the quality of the Egyptian cotton.

Ply technology

Belledorm 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Pillowcases

More and more manufacturers are now using two ply technology to achieve this as the twisting of the yarns still give the same feel and texture of the linen but also adds the extra strength of two yarns instead of one.

This will give the bedding much more strength during washing and tumble drying.

One of our best ranges is the 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bed Linen, this superb range offer the very best from our Egyptian cotton percale range.

With a full offering of fitted sheets, flat sheets, duvet covers and pillows in 7 pastel shades.

We also cater for the extra deep 15 inch and 18 inch box depth fitted sheets for those super thick mattresses or if you want to just add a topper.

Twisted technology and two ply yarns

Many Egyptian Cotton Duvet Covers are now woven using twisted technology or two ply yarns as it is more commonly known, twisting the yarns creates a much stronger and resilient fabric.

The technique has evolved over many years, adding the right amount of twisting results in a well balanced bedding fabric that will last much longer than other fabrics.

If you take two fine strands and twist them together they will create one single yarn that is not ideal for weaving, two ply yarns twisted in the opposite direction to one another makes them superior in strength and quality.

Sheridan 600 Count Egyptian Cotton White Cotton Duvet Covers

The majority of Egyptian cotton duvet covers and bedding bought in the UK and America have two ply yarns, anything over 400 thread count will almost certainly have incorporated this technology as they make the bedding impervious to twisting and snapping during hard use.

Egyptian cotton duvet covers are removable quilt covers that are designed to keep the duvet inside clean and dry, this was intended to prolong its life so less washing and airing was required.

The duvet cover could then be easily removed and washed within the day and replaced before bedtime therefore keeping the duvet inside and protected from the elements.

Modern duvet covers are now made from such fantastic fabrics, the most luxurious using high thread count cottons such as the Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton brands.

A wider range of duvet covers are printed and dyed to give a vast array of colour choices, pictures and designs to choose from, there is a duvet to suit all tastes and budgets.

It is important when choosing your new duvet cover to answer a few questions:

1: Who is the duvet cover for?

If it is for children, then you need to consider how the material will react to spills and accidents, is it machine washable? Will it shrink? Etc.

Good cost effective children’s quilt covers are made from polycotton as this is hardwearing and easy to care for and is also excellent for printing scenes from cartoon’s for example, which kids love!

2: How much do you want to spend?

If money is no object then we recommend a high thread count cotton duvet cover as they are undoubtedly the best in quality, being super cool and crisp. Hotel quality sheets offer the best in terms of durability and length of use so sometimes spending a little more is cost effective in the long run.

Unfortunately buying cheaper does not always work out best as the fabrics are made to a cost and sometimes are not the most refined and do not offer any long term comfort as some of the treatments that are applied onto the fabrics wash away after several goes in the washing machine and then render them useless.

3: Plain or Fashion duvet covers?

If it is the plain look you are after, more duvet covers are made from cotton as this offers that dull fabric look as any accessories stand out much more on the bed, such as bed runners, pillows and cushions, etc.

If it is a fashion statement you want, more covers are made from polycotton blends as they are much more robust than cotton and will dye better and also are much stronger and resilient when beads or sequins are attached to them.

4: Comfort and Coolness?

Cotton is best in terms of keeping you cool at night, quality cotton fibres absorb moisture from the body up to 5 times more effectively than other fabrics.

This wicking effect helps the body maintain that all important temperature control, not too hot and not too cold. Comfort is mainly due to cottons very soft fibre ends which are natural and not abrasive like some cheaper polyester duvet covers.

5: Duvet cover wash care?

How do you wash and dry your duvet, machine wash then tumble dry? If you have polycotton blend duvets, machine washing and tumble drying will present very little in terms of ironing problems.

Cotton however is very sensitive to heat which causes the fabric to crease when dry and heated too much. For best results tumble dry on a very LOW heat and remove whilst slightly damp, put them on the bed and within minutes they will be dry and crease free.

What we offer

We have the full range of Egyptian cotton duvet covers from all the leading manufacturers and all backed by our Best Price Promise. If you’re not sure which one is right for you call or email us and one of our advisers will help you out.

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.

High Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding

Bedlinen direct have been specialising in Egyptian cotton sheets for many years, so no matter what thread count you require they are sure to have what you are looking for. Their extensive ranges start with their Egyptian cotton percale bedding, this is a 200 thread count cotton which is matt in appearance. Super soft and extremely comfortable this percale fabric is ideal for guest houses and boutique hotels. If you want to go a little bit more upmarket then you can opt for either our stunning 300 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding from Sheridan or our best selling 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding from Belledorm. Both ranges offer a good selection of sizes and options including duvet covers, fitted sheets, flat sheets and pillowcases. Each range has 6 colours for you to choose from. The Belledorm 400 Count Egyptian Cotton is pastel shades while the Sheridan 300 Count Egyptian Cotton has 6 stunning deep dye shades. Both excellent levels of comfort and quality, super soft silky sateen yarns that are a sheer delight to look at and sleep on.

Stepping up in quality and opulence you will find sateen bedding that is sumptuous yet elegant, the stunning 600 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding from Sheridan is sheer class. Beautiful bedding at its finest, two pastel shades to choose from, which will add a classic look to any room setting. Bedding this good is manufactured to the highest standard, linen from Sheridan is considered to be one of the world’s finest, craftsmanship and quality run hand in hand, you will not be disappointed in anything they produce. To compliment their Egyptian cotton bedding ranges you will also find a comprehensive selection of designer bedding and duvet covers.

Last but not least, our premium 1000 thread count Egyptian Cotton Bedding from Belledorm is made from the finest sateen percale yarns. Woven to an extremely high thread count this is one bedlinen range we all dream about. Words cannot describe the feel and handle of the fabric, silky soft and smooth, direct from Egypt this is one of the finest linens ever created. Only the very best long staple yarns can be used in high thread Egyptian cotton sheets, the ultra absorbent fabric is ideal for summer use as it keeps the body cool. Invest wisely in your next bedding purchase, good sheets can and will last you for many years to come. Use the links below for more information on all the ranges offered from Bedlinen Direct Egyptian Cotton Sheets:

Belledorm 200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding
Sheridan 300 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding
Belledorm 400 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding
Belledorm 550 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Stripe Bedding
Sheridan 600 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding
Belledorm 1000 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Bedding