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What is Sateen Weave?

There are a wide range of sheets available on the market today. however, some are more popular than others because of their unique characteristics. Sateen weave has become quite popular over the years thanks to its luxurious and soft feel. This article focuses on sateen weave, its origins, and what makes it an ideal choice for bedding.

Sateen weave is different from most other sheet options, as it is not a raw material. It is not equivalent to silk or wool, for instance. Sateen weave uses a one yarn under and three to four yarns over pattern. As a result, it has a heavier feel compared to some other weaves, for example, percale. Therefore, some sleepers may feel the weight makes sateen sheets feel particularly luxurious and comfortable. This property also makes sateen somewhat warmer, so sheets made with sateen are especially suited for people in colder environments or people who prefer their beds to feel cozy


The origin of the sateen weave dates back to the 12th century to Zaitun – a Chinese port situated in Quanzhou. It took hundreds of years for this weave to become globally known. Italy started using it shortly thereafter and it became available in Europe in the 14th century. However, due to its rarity, it was an expensive option that was generally reserved for the wealthy. Therefore, sateen was not only an amazing weave, but it was also a status symbol, as only the wealthy could afford it.

Craft Sateen Materials

Any number of materials may be used to craft sateen weave, e.g. lyocell, rayon, polyester, and cotton, each of which can influence the overall appearance and feel. One of the most commonly used materials is cotton. Sateen weave used on a filament fiber, e.g. polyester, rayon, nylon, or silk is the most popular variant. However, some purists suggest that this weave must be made with silk alone.

The Advantages of Sateen

There are several key advantages of sateen weave. First of all, it has a luxurious feel and look. It is also very versatile and can be quite durable,  depending on the material used. Sateen weave is also wrinkle resistant, particularly if it’s a thicker sateen. Furthermore, it can be printed on, with vibrant, high-quality images and colors, which creates the perfect combination of a luxurious, soft look and feel, with a vivid pattern printed on the surface.


The Disadvantages of Sateen

As with other weaves, sateen also has its disadvantages. After all, no fabric, weave, or material can be the best choice for all purposes. Sateen weave can be difficult to sew and work with, as it has a slippery, shiny texture. 

Caring for Sateen

If the sateen is made from cotton or synthetic fibers, then you can wash it at home. Sateen made from silk must be dry cleaned. To hand wash sateen, it is recommended that you use the cold-water setting with a delicate wash cycle. Once you have it washed, lay it flat on a few clean towels. This will ensure that the sheet (weave) retains its shape.