percale

noun
per·​cale | \(ˌ)pər-ˈkāl, ˈpər-ˌkāl;(ˌ)pər-ˈkal \

Definition of percale 

: a fine closely woven cotton cloth variously finished for clothing, sheeting, and industrial uses

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The first is deciding between sateen or percale, two types of fabrics with slightly different feels. Andrew Goble, GQ, "The Best Sheets Will Make You Unreasonably Excited to Go to Sleep," 14 Mar. 2018 The sheets, duvet covers, and duvet lining are made up of a lightweight percale weave that helps regulate temperatures to the point that reviewers called them magic, and all of the products have thoughtful features to increase usability. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Trend Alert: The Most High-Tech Comforters And Sheets To Keep You Cool, Chic, And Comfy," 16 Feb. 2018 Attractive sheets available in percale and sateen made up of 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton and linen made from pure European flax without the use of chemicals or synthetics. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "Trend Alert: The Most High-Tech Comforters And Sheets To Keep You Cool, Chic, And Comfy," 16 Feb. 2018 Out of the percale sheets tested, Snowe's struck the best balance of lightness, sturdiness, and softness. Andrew Goble, GQ, "The Best Sheets Will Make You Unreasonably Excited to Go to Sleep," 14 Mar. 2018 For weave, there's percale, a plain-weave textile, or sateen, a satin-weave textile which has a shinier, more luxurious feel to it. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "7 Steps to Your Perfect Bed," 9 June 2014 On Wednesday, the home-essentials label Snowe will open a pop-up filled with silky sateen and crisp percale bed linens (starting at $58 for a pillowcase set). Alison S. Cohn, New York Times, "This Week’s Pop-Ups, Openings and Special Shopping Events," 18 Oct. 2017 Martha Stewart Collection cotton percale sheet set, 360 thread count, from $135, macys.com. Martha Stewart, star-telegram, "Martha’s projects tackle headboards, backpacks and savory snacks," 26 Aug. 2017 It's made of 100% Supima cotton in a percale weave, which was strong and pill-resistant in our tests. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Casper Sheet Set," 1 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of percale

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for percale

ultimately from Persian pargāla

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The first known use of percale was in 1840

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