Percale and Sateen are the two most popular choices of weaves for sheeting. Each of these sheet types are woven from cotton and are available in multiple varieties of cotton; including Upland (lowest quality), Egyptian, and Pima cotton.
Percale weave is a plain weave fabric. In this weave process, the threads are tightly woven which creates a matte appearance with a fine, soft finish. It is always a good choice for your sheeting as it can be very durable since it goes through less stress during the manufacturing process. It is also a good choice for warmer climates.
Sateen weave gives cotton an elegant and luxurious look and feel. In this process the threads are woven differently than a percale weave, creating a smoother surface which is also very durable. A quality sateen sheet is made with Supima or Egyptian cotton, which has been treated with a special process to make it stronger, easier to dye and adds luster to the fiber. Sateen is a good choice for colder climates as it holds in warmth.
Percale or Sateen sheets, made with Egyptian or Pima (Supima) cotton are both good choices depending on personal choice and budget. Always be certain to read labels or ask your sales rep, distributor to guide you in the best choice for your property.