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So you’re ready to buy yourself some quality bedding, but you’re not quite sure what the difference is between percale and sateen bedding? Lucky for you, we’ve been on a three year journey so you don’t need to – our founder Amar’s family was in the bedding business for over 40 years. To say bedding is in his blood is an understatement. He was so engrossed by textiles he was even studying cotton at the age of 14. (Yes, he is and was a nerd!)

1995, Gujarat, India

We’ve made it our mission to simplify the bedding purchase process. However, we also appreciate there are a lot of bedding experts out there who have been buying a particular type of bedding for a long time; this blog is for all of you bedding experts and those who still want to become one… 

We currently have three different finishes, each suited to a different type of sleeper:

– Mayfield: A traditional percale bedding set that is ideal for cool sleepers; people who like having one leg out of the duvet. 

– Whitworth: A buttery smooth sheen makes our Whitworth range most similar to a traditional sateen. This bedding is best for warm sleepers; those of you who like to be tucked up like a burrito. 

Portland: Made from 100% flax fibres, our Portland range is linen at its best. Cool in summer and warm in winter, Portland is made for those of you who consider yourselves a little bit of an inbetweener. Or, you’ve got a partner who has the exact opposite sleep preferences to you. 

Not sure which bedding is right for you? Take our sleep quiz to find out (you’ll be rewarded with 10% off your first order as well. Don’t say we don’t treat you!).

In this blog we’ll focus mainly on our Mayfield and Whitworth range and explain the differences between traditional percale and sateen bedding. 

The weave

A percale bed sheet is characterised by a traditional weave where one warp thread crosses one weft thread. This results in a light composition that keeps you cool whilst snoozing. 

A sateen bed sheet on the other hand is made by weaving one warp thread over three weft threads (‘one over, three under’). This results in a denser structure that keeps body heat under the duvet cover. Don’t worry though – by using only the finest long-staple cotton, our Whitworth still remains extremely breathable.

 

The feel

A traditional percale bedding is quite crisp, cool and matt. Think freshly-washed shirts! We’ve gone a step further and added a garment-wash finish to our Mayfield, which results in an extra soft feel without compromising the cool, matt quality. 

Our Whitworth is very close to a traditional sateen; a silky smooth, buttery soft finish that feels like pure luxury. Nothing quite compares to slipping into a well-made sateen bed set at the end of a long day.

 

Care

To iron your bedding or not to iron your bedding. That is the question… 

Some people almost religiously iron their bedding and others can’t think of anything worse. Due to the garment-wash finish on our Mayfield bedding, it’s designed to look ‘lived in’ and relaxed. You can iron it if you wish, but it’s not at all necessary.

After spending nearly three years developing our Whitworth, we have come up with a sateen-type bedding that keeps wrinkles at bay as much as possible. Natural fibres aren’t used to being flattened, which is why you will see wrinkles appear if the bedding isn’t ironed. We’d rather put up with a few wrinkles, than use a whole bunch of harmful chemicals to keep wrinkles at bay artificially. Obviously, if you like ironing your bedding then it’s irrelevant! 

Material 

This is an easy one – both our Mayfield and Whitworth ranges are made from the finest 100% long staple cotton yarn. Only the best will do! 

What next?

We hope this has given you a better understanding of the differences between two of the most popular bedding types and how we’re putting our own spin on them. 

If you’re still not entirely sure which type suits you best, why not order a sample pack from us before deciding?