Behind the Thread Count

Pure Parima Certified Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

If you’ve ever shopped for bedsheets, then you’ve probably heard the term thread count tossed around casually. Widely regarded as an essential factor when it comes to quality bedding, thread count gets a lot of attention. However, you might not understand exactly what is meant by this term. Referring to the number of horizontal and vertical threads making up a square inch of fabric, thread count does affect sheet quality and comfort. Still, it’s not the only essential element. Moreover, companies aren’t always honest about the number of threads in their products. At Pure Parima, we’re passionate about providing families with high-end, silky soft sheets that look as good to the eye as they feel to the touch. Read on to learn the truth about thread count and discover tips on choosing the right bedding for you. 

How Thread Count Works

Bedding manufacturers have historically used thread count as a way to convey the quality of their wares to customers. However, the truth is that, when it comes to bedding, higher counts don’t necessarily correlate with greater quality products. The truth is that it’s physically impossible to fit more than 800 threads in a given square inch of fabric, and companies claiming to sell sheets with a thread count of 1500 or 1800 are misleading their customer base by using multi-ply threads made from lesser-quality cotton. 


More important than thread count is the quality of the threads that make up your yarn. While traditional American cotton features short-staple fibers that are prone to pilling and fraying, Egyptian cotton is crafted with extra-long staple fibers known for their strength and durability. As a result, companies don’t have to compensate by using multi-ply threads. Made by twisting two or three lower-quality threads together, multi-ply is heavier, coarser, and ultimately less breathable. The better option is to choose single-ply yarn, which is at once smooth and soft. 

Why a Lower Thread Count Means Higher Breathability

A lower thread count might seem like a negative when it comes to your sheet selection. However, in actuality, smaller numbers often correlate with lighter, more breathable bedding. In some cases, sheets boasting a count of 750 or 800 are heavier and coarser than those featuring a count of 350 or 400, which tend to feel cool, light, and breathable. Recognizing that many people actually sleep best with a thread count of 400, Pure Parima manufactures a number of products boasting this count. It’s a great option for those with sensitive skin or other conditions that make them intolerant to heat. 


The Best Sheets for Every Taste

While thread count certainly plays a role in bedding selection, it’s not the only important factor. In fact, many sleepers find that weave is equally if not more essential when it comes to comfort. Depending on your tastes and preferences, you may appreciate sateen's soft, silky texture, which features the classic three-over, one under-thread pattern. We’re particularly fond of our 

Triple Luxe Sateen Sheet Set, featuring 100 percent Giza Egyptian cotton. Part of our Hotel Collection, this 700-thread count set is warm and ultra-silky thanks to the hand-picked Egyptian cotton fibers. Boasting sumptuous triple embroidered stitching, this set comes in an array of stripe colors, including Arctic, Gold, and Teal. We’re proud to say it’s our softest sateen sheet set currently available. 

Pure Parima Certified Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

Then again, some sleepers appreciate their bedding having the fresh, crisp texture associated with hotel sheets. If you love your sheets to snap, the one over, one under weave of percale is likely the better choice as it will always feel clean and new. Exceptionally cooling and seriously soft, the Ultra Percale Sheet Set from the Hotel Collection is made from Giza cotton and boasts a crisp comfort that works well in even the hottest climates. It’s an ideal option for those who tend to get hot while they sleep due to its moisture-wicking properties. This modern-looking set has a matte finish and a simple yet sophisticated design. It comes in both White and Carbon. However, shoppers should keep an eye out for new shades coming soon. 

Pure Parima Certified Egyptian Cotton Sheet Set

Discover Greater Comfort With Pure Parima


Companies aren’t always honest about what goes into their bedding. However, with Pure Parima, you don’t have to worry about the contents of your sheets. Because transparency and truth are at the foundation of everything we do, all Pure Parima products bear labels proving their authenticity. Moreover, every item we sell bears the coveted Cotton Egypt Association seal of approval on the packaging. Rest assured knowing your bedding is made with 100 percent Giza Egyptian cotton picked by hand in the Nile River Valley. Ready to experience a better night’s sleep moving forward? Shop our sheets online today and start getting more rest. 


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