Buying Guides

Expertly Woven: Percale vs Sateen

Everyone has a different idea of their perfect sleep, that’s why we acknowledge how individual choosing bed linen can be. The most important is trusting your skin to choose the feel you love.

There are four key components comprising of our sheet quality, the cotton, the thread, the weave, and the finishing. In breaking down the difference between percale and sateen, it’s all about the weave. It’s at this stage that we create the feel of the sheet.

Warp (the vertical) and weft (the horizontal) threads are interlaced, taking various guises, such as plain, twill, and sateen. Our breadth of weaves are designed to create different sleep experiences, whether it is be cocooned n softness and warmth or a light drape against your skin.

Percale

Percale refers to a plain weave fabric, meaning the warp and the weft threads cross over and under each other one at a time during the weaving process. It’s a simple weave, that essentially takes form in an ‘over, under, over, under’ construction.

Sitting in our foundation range, our cotton percale will offer a crisp, light feel. The compact signature weave of percale makes for a lightweight and breathable sheet. Smooth to touch and highly durable, a percale feels dry against the skin and will soften wash after wash.

Sateen

Sateen weaves are created by the vertically facing warp threads passing over four horizontally facing weft threads, before being interlaced again. This improves softness, hand feel and fabric strength by 25%. Such skill and expertise is required to achieve a soft look and feel, whilst maintaining incredible durability.

A sateen weave will provide a bed with a soft feel, beautiful sheen and an indulgent silky drape. in comparison to percale, sateen sheets offer a sophisticated look.