Norvegr Bed Linen Guide - Expert Advice
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.
For example: 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.
Furthermore, a very high thread count can also indicate that several threads have been twisted together to artificially increase the thread count.
The raw materials for the thread comes in all sorts of qualities
At Norvegr, we stick to pure cotton of premium quality for our cotton bed linen options. For example, for our wood fiber bed linen we use only premium quality deconstructed wood fiber, often times also referred to as micro modal.
Bed linen comes in all sorts of price ranges and qualities. One can often times find bed linen from one brand that has the same thread count and seemingly the same specifications as another brand, however at considerably different prices.
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.
Below is a short tutorial for choosing bed linen:
1. The yarn should be single ply
The quality of finished bed linen depends to begin with on the quality of the raw material. For Norvegr’s bed linen, the raw material is cotton and wood fiber for our respective collections.Longer fibers make for a more even, soft and robust thread. Such a thread does not need twisting with another one to become strong enough. They are often times referred to as single-ply thread or single-ply yarn. Mills with decades of experience spin our yarns
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 for any other craft there is a significant difference in the final quality of the weave judging from one manufacturer to another. As for any other craft, talented weavers create better fabrics. 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 where one burns the surface of the fabric lightly, to get rid of loose fibers creating a hairy or fluffy surface. Finally, one is left with a fabric that has a good longevity and a wonderful quality, softness and touch.
All our bed linen is satin weave
As we have a personal preference for its softness and luxurious appearance, we have chosen to stick to a satin weave for all 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.