Norvegr Bed Linen Guide - Expert Advice
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Thread counts explained
The thread count of a fabric says how many threads there are per square inch. Bed linen may have thread counts that vary from roughly 100 to more than 1000 threads per square inch.
A common misconception is that the higher thread count always means better quality. However, this is not always the case.
If one goes for a thread count that is too high, then the fabric will easily become stiff and will not breathe well due to its density. The best bed linen collections in the world, therefore usually peak at roughly 600 threads per cubic inch. We have carefully selected a 300 thread count for our bed linen, as this is the perfect combination between luxury and function along with our duvets and pillows.
Furthermore, a very high thread count can also indicate that several threads have been twisted together to artificially increase the thread count.
How we achieve top quality for our bed linen
At Norvegr, we stick to premium quality, pure cotton for all of our bed linen.
Bed linen comes in all sorts of price ranges and qualities. One can often find bed linen from one brand that has the same thread count and seemingly the same specifications as another brand, but at a considerably different price.
However, when touching the two fabrics and comparing them to one other, it is highly likely that the difference in quality will immediately be apparent in the different feel of the products. One usually gets a better product if one pays more.
Here is how we ensure the highest quality for our bed linen:
1. We use single ply yarn
To begin with, the quality of finished bed linen depends on the quality of the raw material. For Norvegr’s bed linen, the raw material is cotton and wood fiber for our respective collections, and we use Mills with decades of experience to spin our yarns.
Longer fibers make for a more even, soft and robust thread. Such a thread does not need twisting with another one in order to become strong enough. This type of thread is often referred to as single-ply thread or single-ply yarn.
2. The weave is important for achieving a quality fabric
When the yarn is made, this is weaved into a fabric. There are different techniques for this, and as is the case for any other craft, there is a significant difference in the final quality of the weave depending on the manufacturer.
Talented weavers create better fabrics. Therefore, the weavers that make our bed linen fabrics are carefully selected.
3. A good fabric is finished properly
Fabrics that are high quality, such as ours, are finished in a process called ”singeing”. This is a process whereby one burns the surface of the fabric lightly, to get rid of loose fibres, creating a hairy or fluffy surface. This process produces a fabric that has a fantastic longevity and a wonderful quality, softness and touch.
4. All of our bed linen is satin weaveWe have a personal preference for the softness and luxurious appearance of satin weave, and have therefore chosen to stick to this for all of our bed linen. If you are not familiar with this weave, this is one thread under and three threads over.
You will mainly see the three top threads on the fabric, and that is why it is shiny and so luxurious looking. Furthermore, this weave offers a unique and addictive softness, complementing our duvets and pillows superbly.