Understanding fibre types

Thread Counts

Thread count is a measure of the quality of the fabric and refers to the number of threads used per square inch of fabric. Percale fabrics have a thread count of 180 or more, which results in finer bed linen. Christy bed linen is over 200 thread count and thus is classed as percale.

GSM

GSM stands for "grams per square metre". It is the way weight is measured in a towel. The higher the GSM the higher the thickness of the towel. A higher GSM is associated with a more luxury towel. However if you were looking to purchase a towel for a busy household where quick drying time is a priority you may look for a lower GSM which results in a quicker drying time. Christy towel ranges that have a lower GSM are designed to give the same soft feel as a high GSM towel but without the weight to increase the performance of the towel.

Blends

In some bed linen, Christy have used blends of two fibres, for example cotton and linen. The combination of fibre types adds individual properties to the bed linen. Specific features within these blends include slubs in linen and silk which are natural characteristics of these fibres and add to the beauty of these products.

Cotton Percale

This is made from high quality cotton with a thread count of 180 or more. Percale bed linen looks matt and feels smooth to touch. Percale launders beautifully is long lasting and durable.

Easy Care Cotton Percale

Easy care is a finish added to cotton percale. This finish makes fabrics easier to launder and require less ironing. Easy care finishes do gradually wash out over time.

Cotton Sateen

This is also generally made from a combed cotton thread, which is woven in a different way, to produce bed linen with a sophisticated sheen that feels luxuriously soft and smooth against the skin. As well as having a lovely handle and drape, cotton sateen bed linen is easier to iron than cotton percale.

Silk

Natural variations and slubs are unique characteristics of all types of silk fabric. Do not expose to direct sunlight. Colour variations may occur.

Cotton

There are a variety of different cotton plants each of which have their own traditional growing areas. The climate and growing conditions in these areas produce cotton with different characteristics. The most important of these characteristics is the length and fineness of the individual fibres, the longer and finer it is, the softer, smoother and more lustrous the yarn will be.

Hygrocotton*

Hygrocotton is a unique cotton fibre which has a hollow core. The fipe traps air so that wash after wash and tumble dry after tumble dry the towels get fatter and fluffier. *Patent Pending

Supima Cotton

Supima cotton produces one of the finest cotton yarns in the world with its extra long fibres giving a luxurious, silky handle. Supima cotton is a brand of cotton that is regulated by Cotton USA ensuring a consistenly high quality finish.

Pima Cotton

Pima cotton is an extra long staple cotton that is soft and absorbent and produces a soft fabric with similar properties to Egyptian Cotton. Pima cotton is technically slightly better than Egyptian Cotton but in practice the difference is small and the fabric choice often comes down to your own personal preference based on experience.