Thread count was, to many people, the preferred way of choosing bed linen, but thanks to brands such as heritage Italian brand Frette, whose linens adorn beds from the Vatican City to the Orient Express, we know that judging linens by their threadcount isn’t actually that useful. “The weave of the fibre, the finish of the material and the way the fabric feels against the skin are the best indicators of quality,” Filippo Arnaboldi, CEO of Frette explains. Fibre, finish and feel are what Frette calls the “three Fs”, and each is critical to comfort.
“Yarn quality — its strength and longevity — is dependent on fibre length. Our bed linens are crafted using only long or extra-long staple cotton,” says Arnaboldi. “Finishing gives what we call the ‘hand’, or silkiness, of a fabric. We use a signature finishing process to create a smooth and lustrous finish. And feel is the texture and weight of the finished product, determining its best use. The best bedding material is one that feels comfortable to sleep in with regard to the climate as well as body heat.”