Percale or Sateen?

Do you like soft and silky or crisp and cool? This is the question that will determine whether you will prefer Percale or Sateen sheet fabric.

If you prefer a cooler crisper sheet Percale is your fabric.

Percale gets its name from the region of Persia, it is a finer plain-weave fabric, meaning that the warp-lengthwise threads and the weft-widthwise threads. cross over and under each other one at a time. The threads are tightly woven, which results in a fine texture and finish. 

Sateen getting its name for its Satin finish, on the other hand is softer, silkier, and more durable.

Woven with twice as many warp threads-lengthwise as weft-widthwise, Sateen thread is woven into the other threads resulting in a silky and softer more durable fabric.

This does not mean the Percale will not last as long as a Sateen

Regardless of weave, by purchasing sheets using a long staple thread and a thread count of 600 or less will give you a fantastic sheet which, if treated with care, should be enjoyed for decades.