There are different types of cotton plants which produce different types of lint fibre. The climate also affects how well the plants do. Most cotton fabric in the world is from a short staple cotton. This means that its’ fibres are up to 3/4 in (1.5 cm) long. It is harder to spin but can be softer. Medium staple cotton is between 3/4in to 1.25in long and is considered a higher grade of cotton. However long staple cotton, which is 1.25in to 2.5in, is the most expensive and is a more scarce resource. It is usually reserved for high end products which usually means high priced products!
Historically Egyptian Cotton had a long staple fibre which gave a sturdy but fine silky thread. It’s reputation as a high quality product dates back to the late 19th century. Recently the Egyptian government has produced a trademark which can only be used on Egyptian Cotton products. this should reduce the confusion about what is and what is not Egyptian Cotton. However, it also needs to be born in mind that in recent times the cotton harvest has become more varied in Egypt. Not all Egyptian Cotton harvested today is the long staple variety that created the reputation of those finer Egyptian Cotton sheets. So when choosing your bed linen be sure to check out the feel of the fabric rather than just accepting what it says on the label.
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