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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.

What Makes Good Cotton Bedding?

Natural cotton bedding has always been softer and smoother than polycotton bedding, which is a fact. With the advancements in man made fibres, is cotton still the fabric of choice? Cotton is fully breathable and only gets better with age. It absorbs more moisture after every wash and softens over time but still retains its robust qualities. Nature has always given us the best answer when to comes to selecting the best materials for the job, cotton is one of things, fibres that are expertly grown, never feels uncomfortable and has been used in the bed linen industry as long as natural linen sheets. Egyptian and Pima cotton bedding are the finest in the world, they use extra long staple fibres which can be spun in super fine yarns that are sumptuous and silky to the touch. Standard cotton bedlinen cannot match long staple cotton for quality and longevity. Luxury Cotton bedding is combed instead of carded, this superior method cleans and purifies the cotton much more effectively leaving you with soft fluffy balls of cotton which can then be manufactured into extremely high thread counts such as 1000 and even 1200 threads per square inch.

What is Thread Count?

One good question that is always asked is how much does thread count really matter? Does it really give you the extra benefits that you pay for? This is a good question and is not necessarily true depending on the quality of the cotton used. Cotton is graded, not all cotton is the same but can be woven to the same thread count. Percale bedding starts at a minimum standard of 200 threads per square inch, this is where the yarns criss-cross over each other 200 times in any given square inch of fabric, the result is a soft smooth fabric. Thread count is a good indicator that good quality yarns have been used as the fine threads can snap during the weaving process if they are of an inferior quality. Super fine yarns are used in the better quality bedding, sometimes they are twisted to give them strength and durability, this is not a cheat of the cotton, it is just the same as a single ply fabric as the yarns are just as tightly packed but they can breathe more effectively.

There is more to it than just one factor when deciding the good from the bad, branded cotton bedding from companies like Sheridan, Belledorm, Peter Reed and Nimbus give you certain guarantees that the fabric they use has been organically grown and the manufacturing process only uses ecologically sound farming, dyeing and bleaching processes. Some processes like Mercerisation, can help the quality of the fabric, this can cause the linen to have a slight sateen look, this is sometimes preferable as the bedding shimmers in the bedroom giving that lustrous boudoir appeal. Pure sateen is a process that is used during the weaving process, the result is a softer and fluffier fabric that can look amazing on white bedding.

Sheridan Sheets and Duvet Covers

Percale fabrics meet a minimum requirement of weaving whereas a sateen fabric is normally any fabric that has been woven with over 300 threads per square inch. Certain striped or check cotton sheets such as a satin stripe duvet cover will have an extremely high thread count. 550 Count is considered to be extremely opulent and gives a soft and comfortable feel while you sleep. So just to recap, look out for the type of cotton, brand, finish and style to ensure you get what you pay for and benefit from a good night’s sleep. This is not to say that you should only choose Egyptian cotton and Pima cotton for your preferred choice of bedding, cotton has been found dating back over 7000 years ago, originally found in Mexico the exact source has never truly been known. The original cotton that is now found in Egypt was imported from modern day Pakistan, 5000 years ago the Pharaohs’ of Egypt slept on linen grown on the lush banks of the Nile Delta. They knew the importance of this natural and organic material even then. Cotton was introduced to us in the UK nearly 500 years ago and is now the choice of everyone who knows the benefit of sleep, how it helps you to function in today’s modern hustle and bustle. Just like recharging a battery, if you do it properly you will get the maximum amount of energy every time, ignore the instructions or advice given and you will receive poor performance just as you will in life.

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