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Three Sheets Of Comfort

Sep 10, 2008
Do you know the most popular three types of sheets? The ones that are said to provide the most comfort? We're talking about bed sheets, of course. The term "three sheets" refers to Egyptian cotton sheets, silk or satin sheets and Irish linen sheets. This article will explore some of the characteristics of the three sheets triad so that you may be able to quit settling for just any sheets and start enjoying the comfort, luxuriousness and pleasure of one of the "three sheets of comfort."

Egyptian cotton sheets are called, by some, the most comfortable sheets in the world,when referring to the three sheets types. Of the three sheets, Egyptian cotton sheets are arguably the most popular ones. Egyptian sheets are made from Egyptian cotton which, as the name might imply, is actually grown in Egypt. Though probably not enjoyed by the ancient Egyptian societies, it has been known as a quality fabric for at least 250 to 300 years.

The reason Egyptian cotton is one of the three great fibers for making sheets is because Egyptian grown cotton has a somewhat harder or more firm fiber than other cottons when the bedding is new. This gives that "crisp" firm feel to the new sheet. However, every time that laundering of the sheets takes place, the Egyptian cotton fibers become ever more soft while maintaining a tough resilience. Egyptian cotton fibers, Like fine wine,improve with age. This very characteristic of Egyptian fiber cotton bedding will make this sheet more prized and more comfortable as it ages and becomes softer and more cuddly.

The second type of sheet of which we speak is the most widely known and possibly, the most recognized of the three sheets of comfort. We are speaking of, to be sure, the "satin" sheet. So what is satin? Here's the way that Wikipedia describes it:

"It is a warp-dominated weaving technique that forms a minimum number of interlacings in a fabric. If a fabric is formed with a satin weave using filament fibers such as silk, nylon, or polyester, the corresponding fabric is termed a "satin". If the yarns used are short-staple yarns such as cotton, the fabric formed is considered a sateen."

Whatever! We just know that it shines and is very slick and smooth to the touch. In other words, satin sheets are gorgeous, bizarre and elegant. They are very similar in feel and texture to silk sheets which are, as most people know, made from the silk of a silk worm.

Anyone who knows anything about sheets probably has at least one set of satin or silk sheets in their collection. They come in beautiful colors like purple, red, black, green and blue and every color in between. They shine and people even slide around on them in bed, regardless of the "situation."

The only known holdback to satin sheets is the fact that they tend to retain heat because they are excellent insulators. This occurs because the fibers are woven so close together and the nature of the satin fabric itself is that of high insulation value.

Satin sheets are known for luxury, sexiness, richness and pure indulgence. If you've never indulged in satin sheets, you should treat yourself to that luxury. Be prepared to pay a hefty price though. They are not cheap sheets.

The third of the three sheets of comfort is the Irish linen sheet. Unlike Egyptian cotton sheets and satin sheets, Irish linen sheets are made from flax fibers. This flax fibre, at one time, was found mainly in Ireland, however, the advancement of agricultural methods and more suitable climates,led to the movement of the quality flax cultivation to northern Europe.

Irish linen Yarn is defined as that which is spun in Ireland from 100% flax fiberss. It is not necessary for the flax to be grown in Ireland, prior to the weaving, in order for the fabric to be called genuine Irish Linen. While flax is not Irish linen, Irish linen is in fact made from flax. The Irish Linen Guild is the group who determines what is to be called genuine Irish linen. The yarns do not have to come from an Irish spinner in order to be Irish linen and the flax does not have to be grown in Ireland. However, the technology necessary for spinning the yarn, the skills of the linen workers and the craftsmanship must be Irish.

So what's so great about Irish Linen? It is highly resilient. It is a tough fabric and, like Egyptian cotton, tends to become more lustrous with each washing. Since it is only made of flax fibers, genuine Irish linen is somewhat rare. it is also quite expensive.

If you desire long-lasting and ever more lustrous sheets for your beds, you should investigate the possibility of using Irish linen sheets.

Those are the three sheets of comfort: Egyptian cotton, satin and Irish linen. If you buy or acquire one of these types of sheets you are into a luxurious and very unique experience that you will enjoy for years to come. If you've never indulged in one of these types of bedding, you will become spoiled when and if you do. Be prepared.
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