What is thread count?

Thread count refers to the amount of threads in the fabric per square inch. The finer the thread, the more threads can be woven into each square inch which then produces a finer and softer material. A high thread count means the quality of the fabric will be much higher. The way each material is constructed makes them feel and perform differently.

What is the difference between Percale and Sateen weave?

The difference between percale and sateen weave is the way in which the fabric is woven.

Percale weave is a balanced weave meaning that the vertical and horizontal threads cross each other one at a time. Percale is woven with the same number of threads in the warp and weft on the loom. This produces a strong fabric with maximum airflow to keep you cool in summer.

Sateen weave means that one vertical thread is woven over four or more horizontal threads. More threads are on the surface which will reflect more light creating more shine. This creates a fabric that is less porous with less airflow and is consequently warmer. As sateen is an unbalanced weave, surface pilling from friction of the threads rubbing together is more likely however; sateen sheets require less ironing than percale

Does Casabianca Collezioni stock extra length bed linen?

Our Queen and King fitted sheets come in extra length as well as extra depth. There is a 10cm difference between standard size and extra length bedding. The width will always stay the same.

Additionally we stock Super King sized flat sheets, duvet covers as well as the King sized pillow cases. For further information, please enquire in store or email info@casabianca.co.za

What makes Egyptian Cotton better than other cottons?

Throughout the past two centuries, Egyptian cotton has prevailed as one of Egypt's biggest competitive advantages. With an established reputation of being the "best" cotton in the world, its softness, strength and superior characteristics have positioned products made of Egyptian cotton as the world’s finest. Egyptian cotton has not gained such a reputation without reason.

Egyptian cotton "is” the world's finest cotton and the following characteristics are what sets Egyptian cotton apart from other natural fibres’:

The length of the fibre makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn, the strength of the fibre makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress. Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant colours. Its softness increases with each washing.

Egyptian cotton is handpicked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibres’ - as opposed to mechanical picking - leaving the fibres’ straight and intact. Cotton grown in the Egyptian fields will also produce less lint and therefore will not pill after repeated washings as some materials may do.

Is Egyptian Cotton bedding suitable for people with allergies?

You can rest assure that Egyptian Cotton sheets and bedding that you purchase from us will provide you with the most comfortable, luxurious and soft feel for the most sensitive skin. Egyptian cotton is handpicked with the utmost care and guarantees the highest levels of purity.

What is so special about Italian linens?

Italian Linens are exceptionally special products especially when combined with the world’s finest yarns, namely Egyptian Cotton. The Italians are known for their fine attention to detail and the fantastic craftsmanship so when one buys a product made by the worlds most talented weavers with the finest, most superior yarns, you are guaranteed pure luxury.

Manufacturers can buy fine Egyptian cotton yarn, but the finishing must be done in Italy for the most superior product. This is also true for wool, silk, cashmere and leather finished in Italy.

How long should fine linens last?

Care for your linens well and they will last for a long time. As they approach the end of their 'life' (measured in washings), they will feel extremely soft. Follow washing and drying instructions properly and allow your linens to 'rest' between uses (it's recommended that you have three sets to alternate each set between use, washing and resting).