“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
– Red Adair
Hazlitt’s hotel in London
Thread Count is the number of threads per square inch in the woven fabric of your Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton Bedding.
Manufacturers from many countries such as Egypt, China, Portugal, India and others are standardly using 2-ply or multiple-ply threads up to 4-ply, claiming the Thread Count (TC) of their Egyptian Cotton Sheets and Duvets to be double to quadruple what we consider to be the true value in the U.S. While this may seem trivial on the surface level, the impact is substantial in the quality of product you’re receiving. Rather than using one single-ply, Long Yarn Egyptian Cotton or Pure Cotton fiber of excellence, the cheapest fibers are instead twisted together to create a longer “thread.”
So what does this mean to you as a consumer? For starters, it means that your new set you thought was, say, “1000” TC is most likely truly only 250TC to 500TC. Worse yet, it will most likely feel and wear like lesser quality than a domestic 180TC set.
An excellent set is designed to last years, while cheaper sets are usually worn through in less than 365.
Fiber length is crucial in determining the quality and longevity of your new sheets, but a difficult factor to decipher as a consumer. These short fibers cause roughness, pilling or have surface balling, and result in extremely poor wear.
A good start point of ruling out short fiber sets is to review the package for information about ply. Any reference to the product containing a multiple ply, such as 2-ply or 4-ply, is your immediate tip-off that the item you are reviewing is usually comprised of shorter fibers. Because ply involves twisting threads together in order to create a long fiber, you’ll logically know that the necessity of fibers being twisted together to create length means that the fibers used are fairly short.
The bottom line is that you get what you pay for…. So if it seems too good to be true, it likely is. Good sheets are more expensive, worth it, and get better as the years go by.
Tips for finding good sheets:
If you prefer a crisp sheet, choose a percale weave, which is typically just a 200 thread count to 300 thread count.
For a soft, silky sheet, choose a sateen weave, which is usually 500 to 600 in thread count.
Price counts: Price is a good indicator of whether a sheet really is the thread count you want. Remember, cheap sheets are susceptible to shrinking.
While on the topic of price, you might want to take advantage of the D. Porthault sale (bedding pictured above), which ends February 4… up to 80% off.
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This collection of contemporary rugs brings elegance and grace to any room, coming in over 100 different designs which are completely customizable to any size, scale, pattern or colors- the possibilities are limitless. They are produced with the finest Tibetan wool and Chinese silk fibers, entirely by hand and without the use of child labor.
This oversized scale design creates a bold contemporary statement, while the mid-century design of the top rug promotes a more understated feel.
This detail shows the silk sheen against the plushness of the wool.
Art for the floor, expensive and worth it. If you would like to find out more about buying one of these rugs, contact Courtney Price Design.
The high end lingerie company Agent Provocateur, known for it’s seductively beautiful lingerie, has now launched a luxurious bed linen collection which includes 550 thread count cotton, 100% silk, cashmere and suede. The color palette is similar to the lingerie line with plenty of blacks, berry, charcoal, and pinks. They are also offering cushions, eyemasks and throws.
So, what do you think??? Would you buy it?
photo credits: Agent Provocateur
What do you think? Thumbs up or down to the black & gold?? Personally, I think that it works. Because the Ralph Lauren team put the vision together and assembled this look well. But would I buy it for myself or a client? No. It feels like a trend that will grow tiresome. Im interested to hear your opinion…