Egyptian Cotton Vs. Regular Cotton

Egyptian cotton is often thought to be higher in quality than regular cotton, but this is not always the case.

Size

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It is more important to know the type of fiber the cotton is made up of rather than if it is Egyptian or regular cotton.

Cotton quality is based on the size and length of the fiber it produces. Extra long staple cotton has the longest and thinnest fibers and is superior to any other size of cotton.

Price

Egyptian cotton made with extra long staple cotton as well as Pima cotton, an American type of extra long staple cotton, are the most expensive types of cotton available.

Misconceptions

Egyptian cotton is simply cotton grown in Egypt. While Egypt produces much of the world's extra long staple cotton, any cotton grown in Egypt can be called Egyptian cotton, so don't assume that the a product labeled in this way is superior in any way.

Significance

Knowing the difference between the types of cotton is especially important when purchasing bed sheets, as the terms Egyptian, Pima and extra long staple are used frequently. If you want the best quality, make sure the sheets contain 100 percent extra long staple cotton.

Considerations

If you want to be assured you are receiving extra long staple cotton, consider purchasing products labeled as "Supima" cotton. This brand of cotton is guaranteed to consist of 100 percent Pima cotton grown in the United States.

About the Author

Amy Swanton Mills is a writer and designer residing in Los Angeles. She has spent the past 10 years working in various aspects of the architecture, furniture and interior design industry. Her articles on furniture, design and green lifestyle issues regularly appear on eHow.com and furnicology.com. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from UCLA.