As you may expect, Egyptian cotton comes from Egypt. It is generally grown along the Nile River Valley, the plants nourished by the waters of the Nile.
How is it different from other cotton?
You may think cotton is cotton, right? Wrong. When it comes to Egyptian cotton, there are some differences. The main one is the fact that it is an extra long staple cotton. That means the fibers from the cotton plant are longer than other cottons.
Longer staples can be woven into thinner pieces of thread and that will allow more pieces of thread per square inch (thread count).
While you may think the thinner thread that comes from Egyptian cotton would not be as strong as thicker threads, you would be wrong. As a matter of fact, the thread is much stronger than many other threads out there so you know Egyptian cotton items will last longer than many other cloth types. As a matter of fact, properly cared for Egyptian cotton bedding items can last for decades.
Unlike other sheet sets that seem to become more uncomfortable over time, Egyptian cotton bedding items are quite the opposite. When you first get them they are about as harsh as they will be for the life of the bedding. Every time you wash them, they will get softer and softer making you feel rewarded immediately for doing your housework.
Absorbency and Color
Egyptian cotton is also able to hold color better than other cotton types. It is a very absorbent fiber, which means as it is dyed, it will take in more of the color in the dye vat.
This absorbency also means that if you have towels or robes made out of Egyptian cotton they will pull water from your body quickly as well.
Egyptian cotton does cost more than other cotton made pieces out there, but you have to understand the long-term cost of any purchase you make. Over the long term, these pieces will likely outlast your other bedding and towel purchases, possibly by 5 – 10 years, making them economical in the long run.
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