Our approach
There are three main things to look for when choosing your bedding
01/ The fiber

In terms of fibers, Egyptian cotton is regarded as the finest cotton in the world. This is because the length of the fibers makes it possible to weave the finest yarns without compromising on the strength. This in turn makes the fabric more resistant to stress. Egyptian cotton has the ability to absorb liquid and gives the fabrics made of this material deeper, brighter and more resistant colors. The cotton is handpicked and this ensures optimum purity. Handpicking also puts no stress on the fibers leaving them straight and intact.

02/ The fabric weave

Tightly woven percale is the premium pattern to look for in bed sheets. The weave makes the sheets durable and allows for decades of use. Long-staple fibers woven in a percale pattern create a crisp and lightweight feel which is familiar from premium hotel style sheets. The weave style allows the sheets to breathe, reducing sweating during the summer, but also keeps you warm during cold winter nights.

03/ Thread count

High thread count does not mean much if the threads being counted are not high quality. However, thread count is a good indicator of the quality of sheets when purchasing from a trustworthy vendor. Thread count is worked out by counting the lengthwise (warp) threads, and then the width-wise (weft) threads woven into one square inch of fabric. Our products feature high thread count percale weave which is extremely durable, comfortable and creates the signature Nilen shine.

We provide a sustainable solution with our long-lasting, timeless, and comfortable pure Egyptian cotton products.

This cotton only gets softer the more times you wash it.

Giza cotton

Giza is a type of Egyptian cotton that is grown in the Nile River Delta. This cotton variety is sought after because of its high quality, softness, strength, and long fibers.

When you are looking for the highest quality cotton available, there is no substitution for genuine Giza.

Historically, the standard has been to identify various types of Giza cotton by a number: e.g., Giza 45, Giza 70, Giza 87, Giza 86, Giza 88 and Giza 92. The numbers refer to the year the cotton strains were hybridized.

Perfect balance of sunlight, high humidity, nutrient-rich soil, and cooler sea air provide a unique environment for this cotton variety to strive. The climate in Egypt produces one-of-a-kind long fiber threads which make a small diameter and hence the cotton can be spun more finely into high thread count bed sheets. This cotton is only picked by hand to allow longer, stronger and more complete fibers.


Manufacturing and Care Instructions
Manufacturing and materials

Cotton has a great reputation throughout history due to its distinct qualities which make it the perfect choice when choosing year-around bed sheets. Cotton is a pure, natural material, and this means that when woven tightly into a bedding set it creates a soft and breathable product. Egyptian cotton bed sheets are ideal for sleepers with allergies and those who suffer from insomnia. Cotton is naturally hypoallergenic, hence has limited association with any allergies, and rarely causes irritation or itchiness, improving your quality of sleep. 

The term percale defines the simple criss-cross pattern which enables the threads to be woven more tightly. In a percale weave, there is a one under, one over pattern. We craft our sheets with cotton percale because it is soft to touch and makes the bed sheets ideal for both warm and cool sleepers. Percale sheets provide better moisture control compared to those with a sateen weave making our selection an ideal option for people who tend to sweat in their sleep.

Nilen sheets are manufactured using the latest technology in spinning to ensure the highest quality of cotton yarns. Our sheets are made of prestigious locally sourced Giza cotton in Egypt with no added materials or chemicals used in production, making the product naturally safe and threads highly durable. 

How about sateen? In a sateen weave, three or four threads are woven over one thread into a looser grid pattern. A sateen sheet sits much closer to your body thus absorbing any excess sweat on the skin. This weave makes the resulting sheets a bit heavier than percale and more prone to pilling. Also, sateen sheet's shine is often enhanced by using chemicals and fades with use. Percale is crisp and breathable, and it gets softer over time. Its tight grid pattern also makes it more durable than sateen.

Percale
Percale
sateen
sateen
Qualities of Egyptian cotton percale
Advantages

Soft and smooth 

Breathable

Silky touch

Provides warmth 

Cool and crisp

Durable, lasts longer 

Pill-resistant

Easy care and wash at home

Gets softer with washing and use

Disadvantages

Prone to wrinkling

Care instructions
The durable percale weave preserves the quality of the fabric wash after wash. Please do follow the specific washing instructions. By choosing a fairly low water temperature for the cycle, you should prevent the Egyptian cotton fibers, and so the whole sheet, from shrinking. Our recommendation is 40 C. A gentle wash cycle is your best option.

1 Wash on 40 degrees

2 Use a small amount of gentle detergent

3 Wash separately

4 Do not add any additional products

5 Use a gentle wash cycle

6 Air-dry / do not use a tumble dryer

7 Iron on a low heat