What is a thread count?
Before we can explain this, we need to understand how fabric is woven. There are two yarns needed to weave fabric, the warp and the weft. The warp is the vertical yarn, threaded onto the loom. It takes a whole day to do this at the factory, and if you could see it, you’d understand why. A lot of it is done by hand, and it is a work of art. The weft is the yarn woven through the warp from right to left. When we are weaving, we tend to use a different colour for the warp and weft to show off our designs.
So now we all know about warps and wefts, the thread count is simply the number of threads (warp and weft) in a square inch of fabric.
How important is thread count?
Sometimes it feels like thread count was just invented to baffle people into buying textiles. Over the years, we have been bombarded with a minefield of information, and everyone seems to have a differing opinion on the truth about thread counts. In fact, the most important factor for bed linen is the quality of the yarns, not the thread count itself. The finer the yarn, and the longer the fibres, the better the quality. We only use long staple yarns (of which Egyptian cotton is most recognised), but actually any long staple cotton yarns will feel amazing.
If you have any specific questions relating to thread counts, you can drop Molly a line at email@example.com. As a textile designer, she has a wealth of experience, and could talk about it for hours. Really, she can…zzzzz.