Sateen vs. Percale: Why Weave Patterns Matter

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Most people know that thread count is a crucial factor in sheet selection. However, they might not know that weave also plays a role. Read on to discover how fabric weave can affect the quality of a sheet – and the quality of sleep you’re getting!

Two of the most common weave patterns for cotton sheets are Percale and Sateen. You’ve probably read or heard the terms before, but may not know what they exactly mean.


Percale Weave

Percale Weave

Percale refers to fabrics made with a one-over, one-under weaving pattern. This pattern creates strong, crisp fabrics with a matte finish. Percale sheets are lighter and more breathable, making them better suited for warmer months and climates.

Sateen Weave

Sateen Weave

Sateen fabrics are made by following a three-over, one-under weaving pattern. If you look very closely at sateen fabrics, you will notice a diagonal pattern. Sateen is usually made with thicker yarn and creates a heavier—but silkier— fabric. The weaving pattern also makes sateen fabrics more resistant to wrinkles! If you’re looking for silky sheets with a gorgeous shine, sateen is for you. 


At Pure Parima, we’re passionate about providing our customers with the softest sheets available. To that end, all our bedding features smooth sateen weaves. The best-quality Egyptian Cotton plus the most luxurious weaving pattern, makes for the perfect sheets and the perfect night’s sleep!

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