Percale sheets are sheets that are weaved with a percale weave. This is the most common type of bed linen weave in which the fabric is woven in series of vertical and horizontal threads that creates a dense crispy soft feel. The percale weave makes the bed sheets very durable and typically get softer which each laundering. Most of our healthcare sheets and hospitality sheets are made using the percale weave.
The other type of weave used to make bed sheets is called a Sateen Weave. This weave is made by weaving 1 weft yarns over 4 warp yarns. This means the weft threads pass over 4 warp yarns before going under and over from side to side. The result creates satin-like fabric with a lustrous shiny surface sheen and is extremely soft. The sateen weave is a more refined finish then the standard percale weave and is typically used in sheets with thread counts of 250 and 300. The sateen sheets also are slightly less wrinkle resistant than percale sheets.
Examples of Sateen Weave Sheets: