There was a time when Egyptian cotton was considered to be one of the finest overall cottons for Bed Linens in the world.
In the past few years, great changes have taken place. Egyptian cotton production, cotton quality and availability have greatly diminished.
However, there are various grades of Egyptian cotton, as with all things. The sheets could be made from a poor grade of cotton even if the label says Egyptian cotton.
Bed sheets can be labeled Egyptian cotton as long as sheets contain as little as 10% Egyptian cotton and be a poor grade.
Both length and diameter of individual fibers (called staple) can be used to grade the cotton.
Egyptian cotton comes in many grades. Extra-long staple (ELS) is made of finer grades of cotton fiber. ELS is made of a finer yarn yielding a softer, more lustrous fabric. As it is absorbent, cool, smooth and strong, it is the best material for Bed Linens and Duvet Covers.