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Parachute Fabric Guide

Percale vs. Sateen: What’s the Difference?
Written By
Erin Scottberg
Photographs By
Laure Joliet
Nicole LaMotte for Parachute

When we set out to create the perfect sleep experience, we knew it would depend on one core factor: Fabric. The chosen textiles would need to possess the power to relax the mind and put the body at ease, to beckon you to bed each night and return you to the world rejuvenated the next morning. We visited factories all over the world in search of this perfect product and sensation, and when we first set foot in our factory in Portugal, we knew we’d found it. This facility is manufactured by true artisans who have been making world class bedding for over 80 years. Their passion for linens is demonstrated in their attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship.

What is Percale?

Parachute’s Percale and Sateen bedding is made using the finest long-staple Egyptian cotton, combed with precision to remove all impurities and dyed naturally in a process that surpasses the highest safety and environmental protection standards.

Our Percale weave is most easily comparable to the perfect white button-down: Crisp, clean and livable. It’s garment washed for ultimate comfort and will only become softer as it’s laundered.

Its tightly woven weave – accomplished in a classic one-thread-over-one-under fashion – gives the fabric a simple, matte finish while providing ultra breathability. Cool to the touch, Percale fabric is perfect for all seasons and is especially forgiving during the balmy summer months.

What is Sateen?

Sateen, on the other hand, is a more lustrous experience. Its unique weave – four-over-one-under – gives this material the sheen and drape of satin with the comfort and durability of our world-class cotton.

Ultra smooth to the touch, Sateen fabric feels luxurious against your skin and comfortable any time of the year. Our Sateen bedding is finished with a signature double stitch tipping, giving it a distinguished look.

What is Linen?

Linen is a light and airy fabric with timeless appeal. It’s essentially different from our Percale and Sateen bedding because linen is made from the flax plant (not cotton). Garment dyed and washed in small batches, each piece of our linen has a unique color and feel. Its casual elegance and breathability make this fabric well-suited for year-round use. To learn more about our linen and how it’s manufactured, visit All About Linen: From Flax Plants to Fabric of Royalty.

One More Option...

Brushed Cotton is crafted in Portugal and made from 100% cotton in a plain weave construction. To create the lived-in feel, the fabric is brushed and garment washed for supreme softness. Reminiscent of your favorite well-worn t-shirt, Brushed Cotton has a buttery soft texture. It's cotton foundation allows for breathability making it ideal for year-round use. 

At the end of the day, you’re going to sleep better with Parachute – whichever fabric you choose. Sweet dreams.