Mrs.Me selects only the finest fabrics for her bed linens: cotton percale and cotton sateen, woven in an extra fine quality. Therefore Mrs.Me bed linens have a luxurious look, and are also long-lasting, breathable, and feel soft to the skin. Mrs.Me blends style, quality and comfort for blissful sleeping.
Both cotton percale and cotton sateen can be produced from the same yarns. The difference between percale and sateen fabrics is the way the fabric is woven.
Percale is made with a basket weave, which interlaces threads at a ratio of 1 to1; one yarn over, one yarn under. It is constructed using a high quality weave with a thread count of 200 or more. The appearance is flat with a matte to semi-matte look. The finer the yarn and higher the thread count the more natural lustre you will see in the fabric.
Sateen has a sheen and feels soft because it is woven in another way. With Sateen, the thread interlaces at a ratio of 4 to 1; four yarns over, one yarn under. The face of the fabric is covered by the warp yarn, visible by a small twill line. This gives the fabric a smooth, satin-like look. Sateen is easier to iron and slightly warmer than percale.
Proper weaving and finishing techniques, applied to the right kinds of yarn, are the key ingredients to producing the world’s best textiles.
Thread count indicates the fineness of a fabric. It is measured by counting the number of threads per square inch of fabric, including both the length threads (the warp), and width threads (the weft).
Thread count is often used as a measure of fabric quality for bed linens. Standard cotton thread counts are around 150, while good-quality sheets start at 180. A fabric count of 200 or higher is considered Percale.
While thread count is important, the most prominent factor in fine fabric is the quality of the cotton. Finer cotton has longer plant fibres, also known as 'staple'. With a longer staple, the diameter of the thread can be made smaller. Finer threads can be woven closer together for more threads per inch: this is known as a higher thread count. All of these elements make the fabric softer, more durable and lightweight.
As we spend around a third of our life in bed, quality linen should also have good skin-friendly properties. Mrs.Me has chosen NOT to apply the ‘Easy Care’ finish to her bed linen fabrics. ‘Easy Care’ is a chemical finish that prevents textiles from shrinking and wrinkling. This treatment is done with formaldehyde, a harmful substance that will be released during the use of bed linens. So while Mrs.Me duvet covers do crease, they do not contain toxins.
All our cottons carry the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. The independent test institutes of the Oeko-Tex Association assure that certified textiles have been tested for harmful substances and thus pose no risks to your health. The certification also guarantees that our textiles are produced according to the highest level of environmental sustainability.
The packaging of Mrs.Me's bed linen does not contain PVC or other toxic chemicals.