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What is Egyptian Cotton?

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The term Egyptian Cotton is usually applied to the extra long staple Cotton produced in Egypt and favoured for the luxury and upmarket brands world-wide. It comes from a cotton plant called Gossypium barbadense or from Gossypium hirsutum, both native to the United States.The quality of the Cotton depends on the length of the fibres, known as “staples”. The longer the staples, the better the cotton.

Combing Cotton is regarded as the best process of getting out the shorter staples and leaving the longer ones. This cotton is then referred to as Combed Cotton. Better quality Egyptian Cottons like 200, 400 and 800 thread count generally use this process. Cotton sheets are very popular in the summer months as they tend to stay cool.

Cotton from Egyptian fibers is considered far more breathable and as an extra bonus, will become softer over time with use and with repeated washings. It also produces less lint and will not pill, which means you will be able to use them for longer and they’ll remain in great condition.