FAQ - Vocabulary & Terms
Microfiber: Polyester - soft hand, easy care, takes colors well.
Cotton: natural fiber, this is often referred to by thread counts, great for year round.
CVC: Cotton - Cotton rich/Polyester blend - this is a blend; usually higher in cotton, offers all of the benefits of both the cotton natural fiber and polyester easy care.
Linen: Natural fiber, allows for fresh and cool sheets, great for year round… guaranteed to wrinkle, lol!
Linen Rich: Linen and Cotton blend; our washed linen / cotton is soft hand, lived in and lightweight.
Bamboo Fabric: Natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass; sustainable, excellent wicking ability that pulls moisture away from the skin.
Most people are familiar with thread count, but many mistakenly assume that it’s the only important factor to consider when choosing sheets. A sheet’s thread count reveals the number of threads – both horizontal and vertical – contained in one square inch of fabric. Don’t rely on thread count alone to make your decision: the sheet’s weave and fabric also have a big impact on its feel. As the thread count rises, the fabric becomes denser and warmer.
Percale is a plain-weave fabric made from both combed and carded cotton yarns. This type of weave is lightweight and closely woven, producing a smooth finish and crisp feel. If you like sheets that feel a bit starched and crisp against your skin, this is the weave for you.
Sateen - which is not the same as satin - is a type of weave with more vertical threads than horizontal. This produces an exceptionally soft bed sheet with a smooth, lustrous finish that resembles satin.
Microfiber is a tight weave made up of man-made fibers spun into a very fine yarn filaments, which creates an ultra-soft finish and excellent wrinkle resistance.
Jersey bed sheets are often sold as "tee-shirt sheets", as they are the same type of knit cotton or cotton-blend fibers that are used in clothing. Jersey sheets are very popular with kids and teens, thanks to the stretchy and soft feel, however they rip or snag easily, so keep the family cat off the bed if you want to avoid holes.
Damask is a reversible fabric with a woven pattern visible on both sides. Often intricately detailed, damask can be found on decorative pillows, pillow shams, or other decorative bedding pieces.
Dobby is a finely woven fabric that usually features a decorative pattern of geometric shapes or flowers. Dobby is often used on duvets, pillow shams, coverlets, or other decorative bedding to add a decorative accent.
Jacquard is an elaborately woven fabric containing a slightly raised area of embroidery or embellishment. This elegant and somewhat old fashioned fabric is produced on a jacquard loom. It’s often used for formal style on coverlets, decorative pillows, pillow shams, and comforters.
Two-ply is a type of fabric made of yarn plied from two threads. This creates heavy duty and durable sheets with a “heavier” feel. Also can be used to describe a throw that has one side as plush and the other sherpa or another fabrication.
Single-ply fabrics use individual, un-plied threads in the weaving process, resulting in a softer fabric. Single-ply fabrics are often used in window treatments or other decorative bedding pieces. It's a decorative fabric, not a functional one.