What Is Percale?

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Percale refers to a closely woven plain weave fabric which is the type of fabric used in the manufacture of most sheets and other bed linens. A thread count of 200 or higher is considered Percale.

The term “Percale” does not refer to a blend of cotton and polyester. Percale can be a 50% Polyester / 50% Cotton, 100% Cotton, or a blend of other fabrics in any ratio. The word “Percale” refers to the way the fabric is woven together and has nothing to do with the materials used. A Percale weave is noticeably tighter when compared to the standard type of weave used for bed-sheets, Percale is one of the best sheeting available.

In North America, anything that calls itself percale must have a thread count of at least 180, by law. A good rule of thumb when looking at thread counts is to keep your eyes open for thread counts of at least 180 for cotton and 120 for linen.