About Our Sheeting Fabrics
Thread count is the number of vertical warp threads and the number of horizontal weft threads, sometimes referred to as picks, combined in a square inch of woven fabric. If there are 175 warp yarns per square inch and 125 weft yarns per square inch, the fabric is considered 300 thread count.
Thread count has become a simple metric used by marketing to capture interest and impress with high thread count sheeting fabrics while keeping the keep the manufacturing price down and the selling price up.
To achieve higher thread counts, many manufacturers use either plied warp yarns (two yarns twisted together), multiple weft yarn insertions (two or more yarns weaving at one time) or a combination of both during the weaving process. When using plied yarns or multiple pick insertions, the individual yarn size is typically the same as the single insertion yarn, but because it is a plied yarn or multiple yarns inserted together at one time, the final result is a thicker yarn, taking up more space. Therefore the fabric actually needs less inter-lacings, or picks.
Those multiple yarns might as well be one thicker yarn equaling the same size as the plied or multiple inserted yarns. But then the manufacturer can't claim the thread count.
It is technically quite difficult to have a sheeting fabric construction over a 400 thread sateen, less for a percale, without playing the thread count game.
Important elements of quality must be sacrificed when using multiple warp and weft yarns, meaning in the end, the customer gets a product with an impressive thread count but that probably feels no better (or even worse) than something with a lower thread count.
Origanami does not use plied yarns or multiple weft insertions; you get what you pay for. In our honest opinion, the best bed linens are made of single ply warp yarns, having weft yarns inserted individually, one at a time.
All the above factors determined the creation of our unique 280 thread count percale and 330 thread count sateen bed linens.
This attention to detail allows us to produce the crispest, coolest percale and the most supple, soft and luxurious sateen; truly heirloom quality bed linens.
The Percale Weave
Percale fabrics are a simple one warp (vertical) yarn raised and one warp yarn down as the weft (horizontal) yarn is inserted. The warp yarns alternate up and down with every weft insertion, making a simple weave; as you would weave together reeds to make a basket or hat.
Percale bed linens sleep on the cooler side because of their maximum inter-lacings allowing maximum air flow.
The Sateen Weave
Sateen fabrics are a little more intricate where four warp (vertical) yarns are raised and one warp yarn is down as the weft (horizontal) yarn is inserted, creating an inter lacing pattern resembling how a horseman moves in chess and producing a lustrous satin look and feel.
Sateen bed linens sleep on the warmer side because of their lesser inter-lacings which trap air, but also allow a softer more supple fabric.
At Origanami, we have created bed linens to satisfy both warm and cool sleepers with soft, luxurious, quality bed sheets and duvets.
If you are a warm sleeper, a crisp, cool percale may be your preference. If you are a cool sleeper, you may prefer a soft, supple and luxurious sateen. There is no hard fast rule here. Both constructions deliver a breathability and softness that is truly elegant. And thanks to the unique fabric constructions, our sheeting and duvet fabrics have a fantastic balance between softness, weight, durability and quality.
Regardless of what some might say, thread count does matter, as it relates to the quality and good value to consumers.
In the end though, what matters most is the look and feel of the bed linens. Are they soft?Are they comfortable? Are they of quality and long lasting?
Do they look and feel spectacular?
The answer to all these questions with Origanami bed linens is YES!