what is thread count - TC

Perhaps the most misunderstood term in the industry! Thread count simply refers to the number of threads woven into each square inch of fabric. Thread count can range from less than 200 on the lower end to 1000 +
There's no doubt that most consumers believe the higher the thread count, the better the quality of our bed linen, in fact it is not entirely right. Below we expose the whole truth about thread count, starting from the beginning; the cotton & yarn.

factors to consider

COTTON TYPE

STAPLE LENGTH

YARN

THREAD COUNT

FINEST THREAD

egyptian cotton - one of the best to make the most sumptuous bed linen

If we want to consider thread count as a quality indicator we need to start from the cotton itself; simply the best bed linen comes from the best long staple cotton (staple refers to the length of the cotton fibre). The longer the fibres are, the finest yarn can be created afterwards. The long staple Egyptian cotton or Pima form the most uninterrupted fibres to use when composing the world’s finest yarn. And because we are able to generate finer yarn, we can have more thread counts into each square inch. As a result, there is an extremely tight weave producing smoother and softer fabrics.

Long staple fibers with fewer splices

Short staple fibers

The longer the fibres, the stronger and most luxurious the fabric! Short fibres produce more splices weakening the fabrics over the time.

Single - Ply

Very often 300 thread count bed linen feels more superior to 1000+. And since the term itself became a marketing tool, many companies captured the customers interest with the high number. In reality we have a product with impressive high thread count that often feels no better or worse than lower thread count bed linen. To understand why, we need to look into the construction of the thread count itself. The term refers to number of wraps, wefts, picks & the ply, which is the number of yarns twisted together to make a single thread. Fabrics can either be single-ply, two-ply or multi-ply. Two-ply really means that that there are 2 yarns twisted to make a single thread used afterwards to weave the fabric. To achieve higher thread count bed linen, companies add not only the so called picks but also use 2- or multi-ply yarn.

Single - ply yarn

Double - ply yarn

Multi - ply yarn

At Evencki we use single-ply yarn as it produces the finest and strongest threads. Made only from Egyptian cotton make our bed linen light, soft and durable!

Finest thread

The best and most luxurious bed linen is made from the finest threads that are made of single-ply & long staple e.g. Egyptian cotton. Threads marked with 80 and 60 refer to yarn size and are often used to make the most sumptuous bed linen. For comparison purposes, thread no. 20 refers to the burlap fabric. The finer the thread, the more desirable & expensive the fabric is, it is smoother, lighter and softer.
Evencki cooperates with weavers producing only the finest fabric, by using single-ply, long-staple cotton, 60 & 80, we are able to offer one of the best cotton bed linen available. Made by Italian mills, our bed linen is all you wish for!

Bed linen thread count

If we assume that everything else is the same, weave (sateen or percale), mill, ply, and the type of cotton, the higher the thread count the smoother, silkier and more expensive the bed linen is. Very often there is a misrepresentation when it comes to the thread count, bed linen advertised as 600+ is likely a trick to customers. The wrong count is unfortunately a combination of thread and a ply, it is a common practise to upgrade a lower-grade cotton bed linen.

150 vertical + 150 horizontal = 300 single-ply thread count advertised at 300 tc

100 vertical + 100 horizontal = 200 3-ply thread count advertised at 600 tc

The bed linen with 300TC advertised (on the left) is actually superior to 600tc that in fact is 200TC. It is also made with higher quality, single-ply threads resulting in smoother and more exquisite fabric.

Final Caveat

We certainly wouldn’t like to come across as being snobby about thread count. Low thread count bed linen is also quite ok, it is more affordable. However, with this article, we hope we have revealed some truth about ultra-high thread count and high quality bed linen that is worth to spend money on.