Enjoy the silkiness of Egyptian cotton in a 400-thread-count sateen weave with this bed skirt from Pinzon. The white skirt features two colored rows of satin stitching to offset a 2-inch flange on three sides. It also features split corners to accommodate a variety of footboards. Available in a choice of colors and sizes, the bed skirt is made to coordinate with Pinzon's Hotel Stitch Collection, but will go with other Pinzon bedding and home collections as well. The drop on the bed skirt is woven of double-ply Egyptian cotton yarns, while the platform is 65 percent cotton and 35 percent polyester. The King-size bed skirt measures 78 by 80 inches, plus the 15-inch drop. It is imported, and machine washable and dryable. For the best care, wash in cold water and dry using a low-heat setting. Avoid the use of chlorine bleaches.
Egyptian Cotton: Egyptian cotton is used to make some of the highest quality linens in the world, including sumptuously soft bath and bed linens. Egyptian cotton is grown to produce a longer staple, or fiber, than generic cotton, and the longer and finer a cotton staple is, the better able it is to be spun into finer count yarns, which in turn can be knitted or woven into soft, fine, and luxurious fabrics. The staple length in Egyptian cotton averages 1-1/8 to 1-1/2 inches, but can reach over 2-1/4 inches, which is twice the size of a generic cotton fiber. Products which highlight construction of Egyptian cotton are usually referring to the extra-long-staple cotton produced largely in the Nile River Valley. The humidity and rich soil around the Nile delta produce especially long cotton fibers, which are fine and vary from a light cream to dark tan color. Egyptian cotton is strong, durable and, if cared for properly, will be long lasting.
Sateen: Sateen fabric has a supremely soft, satin-like finish resulting from a four-over-one thread weave. Standard weaves, like percale, use a one-over, one-under stitch. The four-over weave puts more threads nearer the surface, resulting in a softer, warmer surface. Sateen fabrics are most often made of mercerized cotton, but can be made of other fabrics, including cotton blends, polyester, and rayon. Mercerized threads give sateen fabrics a higher luster. Mercerization, named for process-creator John Mercer, involves treating threads with a cold concentrated sodium hydroxide solution. Mercerization also increases strength, dyeability, and resistance to mildew, as well as reduces lint. Sateens can be produced in light and heavy weights, and are ideal for bedding.