Whats the difference between percale and sateen?
Their constructions make each feel and perform differently. Percale is woven with the same number of threads in the warp and weft on the loom. They interlace evenly in a basket weave. This balanced weave produces a strong fabric with maximum airflow to keep you cool in summer. Sateen is woven with an uneven number of threads in the warp and weft. More threads float over the fabric surface producing its characteristic beautiful sheen, but also creating a fabric that is less porous with less airflow and is consequently warmer. Since sateen is an unbalanced weave, there is also more possibility of surface pilling from friction of the unbalanced threads rubbing together. On the plus side, sateen sheets require less ironing than percale.