A closely woven plain-weave fabric, generally 180 thread count or better. Percale is soft, cool and light to the touch. Some of the best hotels feature Percale bed linens like the ones made by Anichini and others.
Percale describes the most common weave for bed sheets. Percale sheets are minimum 180 thread count, but can also be higher thread counts. Customers looking for a crisp sheet will prefer the Percale weave over the Sateen weave. Percale sheets are generally less likely to pill than other weaves of sheets, especially in higher thread counts.
Originally 100% cotton, percale is a plain lightweight fabric made in a great variety of qualities. Today, better qualities of percale contain blended yarns of polyester with the cotton. The finest quality percales are high count and are made with combed yarns. Lower count percales are sized to add body to a fabric. All percales must be dyed or printed. Best qualities are used in easy-care dresses and shirts.