Who makes the best Egyptian cotton sheets is an easy, but complex question. We will attempt to get to the bottom of this question in this short article.
Reality is that there is very little of the high grade Egyptian cotton that makes it out of Egypt in the first place. Egypt exports very little of their precious cottons, keeping the demand outside of Egypt extremely high. This is why the most coveted Egyptian cotton sheets are so expensive.
Since only 5% is exported each year, it stands to reason that there are also lessor grands of cotton grown in Egypt. While this is true to some degree, it’s not completely accurate.
Giza 45 is the most expensive Egyptian cotton, but there are right at a dozen of these GIZA lines of seed. All have extra long fibers, making them very similar in length and quality. In some batches, it’s almost no telling therm apart without modern technology.
The Giza line is known as extra long staple cotton or ELS cotton. Just about any of these no matter where grown will make a super high quality set of sheets. ELS cottons grow at various locations across the globe. The areas they thrive in have longer summers and therefore many long days for the cotton to grow to maturity.
In the US, you have Pima cotton. China, Turkey and other areas across the globe have some form of ELS cotton, so you can save some cash buying outside of Egypt with very similar quality.
So, if they are so close, what makes Egyptian cotton the best?
It’s a combination of things. The plant used, where it’s grown, who it’s processed by and made into thread, then woven into sheets.
Your best Egyptian cotton sheets will mostly come from Italy. Ages old families have been producing Egyptian cotton sheets from the raw materials for up to 7 generations or longer in these facilities. These are true artisans with generation after generation of collective knowledge and skills.
If you want the best, it’s Giza 45 that is processed and spun into thread and then woven into sheets in Italy.