Oh Sheet! Percale or Sateen? September 22 2014, 1 Comment
The first thing you want to figure out when buying new sheets is if you prefer "percale" or "sateen."
Percale sheets are plain in their weave and characterized by a matte finish and more "crisp". Percale fabric is lighter in weight and more breathable. It is a plain-weave fabric, which means that the threads cross over and other each other one at at time (as seen below).
Sateen, on the other hand, is fabric that is woven to create a silky smooth surface with more sheen. Sateen is often a little thicker and more tightly woven. The fabric is made in a satin weave, in which the threads interlace with filling threads. Usually, this is a four-over, one-under technique. This results in a smoother, silkier and shinier sheet.
Sources: peacockalley.com. marthastewart.com