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5.0 out of 5 stars A sensual delight (sometimes) at a great price, November 24, 2005
This review is from: Merlot 500-Thread-Count Egyptian Cotton Twin Sheet Set, Sage (Kitchen)
This sheet set is manufactured in India from Egyptian cotton. The advantage of Egyptian cotton (which, like Pima cotton, is of the species Gossypium barbadense) is its extra-long "staple," or fiber length. The long fibers allow the cotton to be spun into strong, very fine threads. These fine threads make the 500 thread-count per inch weave of this linen possible. This in turn makes the fabric of this product very strong, dense, smooth, and "silky." I have a strong feeling that these sheets will far outlast "normal" linens.

Products made with this quality of cotton and fine threads are more expensive than those made courser threads of the more common short-staple "upland" cottons. But the difference not something only an effete expert would notice: this is profoundly better linen, and this is visually and tactilely noticeable.

This linen is a sensual delight. It has a silky feeling, and a sheen that has not diminished after multiple machine washings. The "sage" color that I chose is a nice golden hue. The Celtic style designs on the broad hems of the pillowcase and the flat sheet are woven in with subtly lighter thread.

With all other linen I've slept upon, I would wake up in the morning to find the fitted sheet wrinkled in many places. I'd also experience minor discomfort from sleeping on those wrinkles. But this linen seems to be very resistant to such wrinkling, remaining a smooth, comfortable surface.

I'm a perhaps typical man, in never having paid attention to linen or things like "staple length" or "thread count." But I did my homework when I wanted new sheets this time. Now that I've seen and felt good quality linen, I'm forever going to make sure that the one-third of my life that I spend in bed is spent on this kind of quality linen -- especially at these low prices.

[Please note: The price I paid in November 2005 was $39.99. Amazon has since raised the price by a full $20.00.]
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