What is Cotton Percale?

What is Cotton Percale?

Cotton percale is a type of fabric created by weaving cotton yarns in either a plain or basket weave. The yarns are woven in a classic crisscross pattern, repeatedly weaving one yarn over another to create the fabric. To be classed as cotton percale, the fabric must be woven to a minimum of 180 thread count. 

But what is thread count?

Thread count refers to the number of yarns in one square inch of fabric, indicating how tightly woven the fabric is. In general, the higher the thread count, the superior the quality and softness of the fabric.


Percale bedding can also be created by combining cotton and polyester yarns during the weaving process to create polycotton. Polycotton is a fabric popular in the production of bedding, combining all the benefits that cotton and polyester have to offer.


Polyester is a synthetic man-made fibre, making it extremely durable, incredibly soft and non-allergenic. When combined with naturally soft and breathable cotton, the resulting polycotton fabric is perfect for those of us wanting a cool and comfortable night’s sleep, in durable easy care bedding.

Historically, the choice when it came to percale bedding was limited to sheets and pillowcases, in classic colours such as white and cream. Nowadays, and with advances in dying and printing techniques, the options when it comes to percale bedding are huge.

It’s no secret that cotton percale bedding ticks all the boxes when it comes to comfort and durability, making it a firm favourite in luxury hotels around the world. Hotel bedding has to stand the test of time, offer superior comfort and keep customers coming back for more, making cotton percale the perfect and practical choice.

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