The perfect fibre

In the late 1800’s, John Moorby Reed experimented with many types of fibre and cotton in his search for the most luxurious and practical sheeting cloth.

Cotton is a natural fibre made up of pure cellulose (carbon molecules). Cotton ‘bolls’ from different strains are quite distinctive depending on the type of cotton seed, soil and climate in which they are grown.

John Moorby Reed preferred Menoufieh cotton grown in Egypt’s Lower Nile delta. This cream cotton is very silky and boasts an extra-long staple length of around 3.7 cm –ideal for spinning into fine strong weaving yarns.

His 400 thread count plain percale weave proved to be the best quality cloth for bed sheets and is the same construction which we produce and recommend to our clients over a century later.