What is Percale

  • The word percale has its roots in an eastern source, although precisely where in the east is not clear. The most likely derivation is from the Persian word “pargalah” which means “rag”. The modern meaning of percale is “a closely woven fabric”. It comes from French “percale” which was a cotton fabric manufactured in France in the early 17th century.
  • Many people assume that “percale” fabrics are made from a blend of polyester and cotton. This is a common misconception in South Africa. The content of percale can vary a great deal. It can be pure cotton, pure polyester or any combination of these fibres.
  • These days it is commonly accepted that percales are constructed with a minimum of 180 threads per square inch. The thread count is identified by adding together the number of warp threads and the number of weft threads in one inch. The thread count is therefore a measure of density of the weave construction of the fabric. The density of the fabric is an indicator of softness and durability of the fabric (typically, the more closely woven the fabric, the longer the lifespan of the product).
  • Our bedding is manufactured from a 200 thread count, 100% cotton fabric which has been imported from Pakistan. Pakistan are currently the world leaders in the manufacture of wide width percale fabrics. Although we import the fabric, we sew the products in Cape Town where we have control of the quality of the product.