When choosing bed linen it will only help to know the weave and thread count of the fabric. There are innumerous bed linen weaves pattern. Let us take a look at a few.
Percale: This is a plain weave fabric which offers a crispy-yet-smooth texture. This is a lightweight fabric with a velvety touch.
Sateen: Sateen weave produces a fabric with an almost satin-like finish. Here the fabric is a blend of cotton with other natural fibres. Although this offers a luxurious feeling, the cloth is not as durable as the percale weave.
Satin: Here the fabric is woven from polyester and nylon threads. They offer the same smoothness as most silk fabrics. But remember, sateen, silk nor satin has the absorbency of cotton. So be careful when you use them in warm climates.
Twill: Here we get a slightly protruding pattern of diagonal parallel lines. The protruding pattern will create a texture that will be lightly rough to touch. Yet not rough enough to be uncomfortable.
Jersey Knit: Like the name suggests, this is the weave most of your tee shirts are made from. This weave is soft and comfortable to the touch, but does not have the life of a percale fabric.
Flannel: This fabric has a raised finish and is exactly right for cold climates, because of their heat retaining capacity.
These are but a few of the bed linen weaves. But this should help you get a basic idea. Next comes the thread count. What is a thread count? It is the number of threads in 1 sq. inch of fabric. Although there is a general saying that the higher the thread count, the softer the fabric, this might not always be the case. The softness of the fabric also depends on the type of fibre used.