WHERE IS EGYPTIAN COTTON GROWN
WHERE IS EGYPTIAN
You might think that Egyptian cotton is grown in Egypt, but the reality is that the answer is more complicated than that. Continue reading and find out where your Egyptian cotton bed linen actually originates:
ORIGIN OF EGYPTIAN COTTON
Egyptian cotton comes from the species gossypium barbadense, which is a plant known for its extra-long staple. This plant can be found in Peru, South America and, of course, Egypt. The main difference between the cotton that comes from Egypt and other countries can be found in the length of the fibres. The plant that grows in Egypt provides longer staples, due to specific climate conditions.
The gossypium barbadense plant is native to the United States and California, West Texas, New Mexico and Arizona are the places where the majority of US cotton is grown.
EGYPTIAN COTTON QUALITY
In general, maybe your Egyptian cotton towels and bedding were made in Egypt, but it is not very likely. The world leaders in Egyptian cotton production are India, China and the US. Egypt isn’t even in the top 10. Therefore, you should be aware that Egyptian cotton is more of a label that points out the high-quality, long-staple nature of the material. So, when buying sheets, you should definitely pay more attention to the percentage of cotton, and less to the country of origin.
THE DURABILITY OF EGYPTIAN COTTON SHEETS
If your sheets and towels are 100% Egyptian cotton, they can last for at least 40 or even 50 years. Of course, this applies only if you take care of your bedding properly. For example, avoid bleaches that can break the natural fibres of the sheets. Mild detergent, cold water and low temperature for drying are the best way to take care of your Egyptian cotton linen.