What Makes Our Sheets Great

We had to delve deep into the science of fabric and weaving & test over 100 fabrics before deciding to build our business on two fabrics - both luxurious & ridiculously comfortable but with two distinctly different textures.
At Hoxtonlinen, we use only extra-long-staple cotton because it produces the longest, strongest and finest cotton fibres in the world. In the case of cotton - a longer staple is a better staple. Longer cotton fibres can be spun into stronger, finer yarns, and produce extremely smooth and supple weaves. Shorter fibres can poke out of the weave, leading to a coarser, weaker fabric.
We exclusively use single-ply yarn because it produces the finest, strongest threads. It can only be spun from long-staple cotton, and results in light, soft, yet extremely long-lasting sheets. Multi-ply yarns are a group of weaker fibers twisted together to create a false strength. They use mostly lower-grade, shorter-staple cottons, which result in thicker, coarser and heavier threads.
The fine thread spun from single-ply, long-staple cotton is responsible for the most sumptuous sheets. To illustrate how this factors into the feel of a sheet, compare the threads woven in a potato sack versus those of a fine business shirt. The finer the thread, the smoother, lighter and softer the resulting fabric. By using single-ply, long-staple cotton, we are able to construct hoxtonlinen sheets using only 60 and 80 yarn count threads, the finest available for cotton bedding.
Thread count is the number of threads woven together in a square inch of fabric. As the thread count rises, the fabric becomes softer, denser and warmer.

However, and this is very important, a higher thread count does not necessarily mean a higher quality sheet.

Thread counts advertised in excess of 500 are often misrepresented by manufacturers in order to trick customers. They count not just each thread, but each ply spun together within each thread. As multi-ply construction is often used to strengthen lower-grade cotton, a super high thread count can actually indicate the presence of a lower-quality sheet.

For example:  A 600 Thread count sheet  made from an inferior Multi Ply yarn is actually a 200 Thread count sheet. Here's how...

The 600 Thread count is calculated using the following missleading formula:

(Vertical Thread + Horizontal Threads) * Multi Ply yarn = Thread count

(100 vertical + 100 horizontal) * 3 Ply yarn = 600 Thread count. Thus, a 200 thread count sheet made from rough and coarse Multi Ply yarn is marketed as a 600 thread count sheet. So, please don't pay an arm and leg for an inferior product having a higher thread count.

We use only Osthoff Singe finishing machines that are made in Germany and widely considered the finest in the industry. Our production team has over 100 years of combined experience and a manufacturing formula that gives our sheets a unique feel. Settings of the machinery are customized by each manufacturing team, which ensures no sheet can be made to feel exactly like ours.
The weave of a fabric ultimately affects how it looks and feels.
Both our weaves are 100% cotton however, they are distinctively different in texture:
Percale is a traditional one-yarn-over and one-yarn-under weave that results in a matte finish with a cool, crisp feel. Its exceptional softness and durability means it gets better with every wash, without pilling. It’s lightweight and breathable, making it especially perfect for the summer months or warmer sleepers. Here at Hoxtonlinen, our Classic Collection is made with the Percale weave.   SHOP OUR CLASSIC PERCALE SETS
Sateen is a one-yarn-under and three-yarn-over weave. More thread surface exposed by the three-over, one-under weave is what gives sateen its signature silky-soft feel and luminous sheen. Sateen is more tightly woven and heavier in weight than Percale, making it warmer and buttery soft, ideal for year-round comfort. Here at Hoxtonlinen, our Lux Collection is made with the Sateen weave.   SHOP OUR LUX SATEEN SETS