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What is Egyptian Cotton?

What is Egyptian Cotton?  There are a number of types of cotton, and Egyptian Cotton is generally considered to be one of, if not the, best. Cotton is derived from a number of plants in the cotton family and Egyptian Cotton comes from one called ‘Gossypium Barbadense’.  No, we’re not sure how to pronounce that either.

What is Egyptian Cotton?

The length of each cotton fibre is what makes the difference.  Egyptian Cotton has the longest of fibres generally available and so, produces a more long-lasting, hard-waring and softer cotton.  That all comes at a price, of course.  Egyptian Cotton is, almost always, considerably more expensive than ‘regular’ – or ‘upland’ cotton (from the Gossypium Hirsutum plant).

If the cotton fibres are shorter, they need to be entwined together in larger threads, but with the extra long fibres of Egyptian, threads can be made thinner, producing a material much softer to the touch.  The vast majority – around 90%! – of cotton produced is what we would call ‘normal’ or Upland Cotton.

When you buy Egyptian cotton, you are buying a premium fabric or thread that has a very soft and luxurious feeling. It is much more flexible (not as stiff or crisp) as regular cotton.

 

In order to make sure you have true Egyptian cotton sheets, you must look for the Egyptian cotton logo that denotes that it is s true product of Egypt. This logo has a cotton plant located within a black triangle. Only then can you be certain that you are selecting real Egyptian cotton and not an inferior product for your sheets.

Is Egyptian Cotton the Same as Normal Cotton?

It’s very similar.  They are both cotton, but as mentioned above, the fibres of Egyptian Cotton tend to be much longer, producing a much better quality cotton.  It feels softer and is much more resistant to wear and tear.

Does Egyptian Cotton Come from Egypt?

Not exclusively, but yes, it does.  The Gossypium Barbadense plant is indigenous to parts of Africa around Egypt, but also in a number of countries in South America, notably Peru.

Almost all Egyptian cotton is grown in Egypt, by the Nile River. The rich conditions of this region are ideal for the Gossypium Barbadense plant and its longer threads. These long cotton threads reduce the number of splices that are made when weaving the fabric, producing a softer feel than ‘regular’ cotton. Only a small percentage sheets sold in Ireland are Egyptian cotton, with many impostures trying to lay claim to the valuable Egyptian namesake.

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What is Egyptian Cotton?  There are a number of types of cotton, and Egyptian Cotton is generally considered to be one of, if not the, best. Cotton is derived from a number of plants in the cotton family and Egyptian Cotton comes from one called 'Gossypium Barbadense'.  No, we're not sure how to pronounce that either.
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