Percale, satin cotton or flannel? What is the difference?

What is the difference between satin, percale, cotton renforcé, washed cotton, flannel & cotton viscose? Here's an overview.


We are happy to explain the different qualities and where exactly the difference lies.

When it comes to duvet covers, the difference is in the weaving technique and the composition of the fabric. For example, some people are dubious about satin because they find the fabric too smooth and too shiny. But this is not because of the satin weaving technique, but because of the composition of the fabric. Often there is a high amount of polyester in it. Our bed linen is made from 100% cotton!

Why do we choose 100% cotton? Cotton is soft and supple, moisture-absorbent and breathable. The perfect choice for bed linen.


Thread count

In this explanation you will occasionally read the term “thread count”. But what is actually a thread count?

The thread count shows how many threads there are per inch.

And what's an inch again? One inch is 2.54 cm. So it’s about counting how many threads there are per 2.54 cm².

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Satin-woven cotton is smooth, glossy, and silky soft. In this weaving technique, they use 4 weft threads over 1 warp thread. To be called satin cotton, the fabric must have a thread count of at least 220.

Cotton satin is pleasant to sleep in and should certainly not be confused with satin with polyester in its composition. Our satin quilt covers have a luxurious finish on the pillowcases.

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To be called percale-woven cotton, the fabric must have a thread count of at least 200.

Percale is supple, firm and soft but without the gloss of satin. Percale also lasts longer and is easier to maintain. A vertical thread runs over each horizontal thread in this weaving technique.

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Satin vs percale

With its smooth and shiny look, satin-woven cotton is ideal for duvet covers.

When it comes to fitted sheets, percale-woven cotton has an advantage, since its weaving method makes it more resistant to friction, which is less of a problem for duvet covers.

You could say that a percale fitted sheet and a satin duvet cover is the ideal combination.

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Renforcé cotton & washed cotton

In renforcé cotton, the cotton fibres are woven in a flat weave. This makes for a very strong fabric that is perfect for bedding. Renforcé cotton sleeps comfortably all year round.

Washed cotton is cotton that is washed hot and therefore has a kind of crinkle effect. Washed cotton is extra soft and has a relaxed feel. Washed cotton does not need ironing and is therefore easy to maintain.

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We all know flannel. It’s nice and warm, perfect for cold winter months.

Flannel has a thread count of 82 and is 100% brushed cotton. At Mistral Home, the cotton is brushed on both sides for an extra woolly effect and twice the pleasure for you.

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Cotton viscose

New to our collection are the cotton-viscose duvet covers.

Unlike all our other duvet covers, these are not made from 100% cotton. By opting for 50% viscose, we have chosen a water-saving production process.

Viscose is a cellulose fibre that is extracted from wood pulp. By opting for viscose from LENZING ECOVERO, we are using fibres that come from sustainably managed forestry and have lower CO2 emissions than conventional viscose.

Cotton viscose is a soft fabric with a refined look. It is a sustainable and ecological product.

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