Egyptian cotton is known as the best cotton in the world. But why is Egyptian cotton so special and what makes this type of material so popular? Of course, we are happy to tell you!
What is Egyptian Cotton?
Egyptian cotton is only grown in the Nile Deta in Egypt. The fertile soil and unique climate mean that the cotton plant Gossypium Barbadense grows slower and longer than in other areas. The slow growth allows the cotton plant to produce exceptionally fine fibres. These cotton fibres are used to make the world’s luxurious textiles.
In addition to the special growth of the plant, there are several aspects that distinguish Egyptian cotton from another cotton.
The King of Cotton
Egyptian cotton bedding and other products have become extremely popular in recent years. After all, for a long time, it was believed that cotton was just cotton and that the ‘thread count’ of the cotton fabric was the only important factor in choosing high-quality bed linen. However, this turns out to be something else, because cotton from Egypt seems to be superior to other types of cotton. Egyptian cotton has earned such a reputation for good reason.
The following characteristics are what distinguish Egyptian cotton from other natural fibres:
- The length of the fibre allows the finest yarns to be made without sacrificing the strength of the yarn.
- The strength of the fibre makes fabrics stronger and more resistant to stress
- The ability to absorb liquids makes Egyptian cotton fabrics deeper, brighter and more beautiful colours
- Its softness is second to none
Egyptian cotton is hand-picked, ensuring the highest levels of purity. In addition, manual picking does not stress the fibres, unlike mechanical picking, which keeps the fibres straight and intact.
The benefits of Egyptian cotton
Many buyers of cotton think that a high thread count per cm2 is the only indicator of quality. This is not true, the quality of cotton bedding depends on several factors.
In the case of Egyptian-grown cotton, the threads are longer, stronger and closer together than other grown cotton. As a result, the quality of Egyptian cotton is a lot higher than other cotton types. The advantage of longer fibres is that the durability and lifespan of the product are increased.
Furthermore, 100% Egyptian cotton fabric resists pilling after repeated washings, as Egyptian cotton plants do not produce much lint. Unlike another cotton.
If properly cared for, bedding can last for decades. That’s quality! Please note that the feel of bedding made from Egyptian cotton is slightly harder than another cotton when the bedding is new. But just like a fine wine, Egyptian cotton also gets better with time: duvets, sheets and pillowcases made of Egyptian cotton become softer and softer.
The thread count of 100% Egyptian cotton
Thread count has long been seen as the only yardstick to measure the quality of cotton. To many, this may sound insignificant, but thread counting is a scientific term with strict standards.
Thread count stands for the number of interwoven threads per 2.5 cm2. Thread counting counts both in length and in width. An example:
100 threads per 2.5 cm in width and 100 threads per 2.5 cm in width equals a tread count of 200.
The closer the thread count, the softer and better the fabric. A thread count of 200tc ensures a nice quality, 400tc is a lot softer and 600tc is the softest.
The method of counting also affects thread density. Officially, only the thread should be counted as thread, but some products also count the fibres. A thread can consist of several fibres. As a result, some manufacturers claim an extremely high thread count, but the reality is much lower.
At Hagatex we use the official way when it comes to thread counting. This ensures you the best quality Egyptian cotton.
How do you maintain the quality of Egyptian cotton?
Now that you know that the quality of Egyptian cotton cannot be matched by any other cotton, it is important that the bedding remains soft. As previously written, Egyptian cotton is extremely durable and long-lasting, but how do you ensure that it remains soft to the touch all this time?
Wash Egyptian cotton
When purchasing your products you will always find the washing instructions, but we also understand that you will no longer be able to find them after a number of years. To keep your Egyptian cotton bedding at its best, it is advisable to do the first wash with cold water and a minimum of detergent. This first wash helps fix the threads. The next three washes at 30 degrees. You can then wash the bedding at 60 degrees (if you wish).
Wash your bedding separately from all other laundries. Zippers or buttons can damage the bedding. Furthermore, chemicals can affect cotton. Make sure you wash without chemicals such as chlorine, bleach or fabric softener.
Iron and store Egyptian cotton
It is best to iron Egyptian cotton when it is still slightly damp. Iron the bedding until it is wrinkle-free and hang the bedding until it is completely dry.
If using a dryer, shake the sheets out and dry them on low heat. If you prefer not to iron, lay the sheets on the bed while they are still slightly damp and smooth out the wrinkles.
After the bedding is completely dry, it is best to fold it tightly and neatly.
At Hagatex we mainly supply products made from 100% high-quality Egyptian cotton. The items from our range are even manufactured in a state-of-the-art weaving mill in Egypt.