satin and sateen

Despite the common misconception that satin and sateen sheets are synonymous, I have discovered that they are constructed of distinctly different fabrics. Although, Satin and sateen share a common woven structure, they differ in appearance, material, feel, durability, and eco-friendliness.

Satin
• Has a smooth, glossy, high-sheen appearance on the topside.
• Is Commonly constructed of man-made, fine synthetic threads such as rayon, polyester, acetate, or nylon. High-end satin, or charmeuse, is constructed of silk.
• Possesses a smooth, silky, sometimes slippery hand. A thread count is of no consideration because of the fine threads that are used in construction.
• Is a delicate fabric that is susceptible to snags and cannot bear high-heat. Hand-washing or delicate cycle washing is recommended.
• Is not considered to be friendly to the environment because it is primarily constructed of man-made materials, is generally not dipped in eco-friendly dyes, or available in organic form.

Sateen
• Has a soft, smooth sheen on the topside, but is not shiny in appearance.
• Is commonly constructed of 100% cotton and is also available in combinations with hemp or bamboo.
• Has an extremely soft-smooth feel, that can vary by thread count and by the treatment of the cotton used in construction.
• Is a durable fabric that can be machine or hand washed and can be air or machine dried.
• Is readily available in 100% organic cotton that is free of harmful toxins and dyes.