For Bed Linen,the higher the thread count, the more luxurious the feel.
Thread count refers to the number of horizontal and vertical threads per square inch. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet and the better it will wear or soften over time.
Bed linen ranges from 200 – 2000 thread count.
There are other criteria to consider as well such as the quality of cotton which makes a significant difference in the “hand” or “feel” of the fabric.
Then we have strands, the longer the pieces of cotton that is woven, the better the quality.
Generally, short strands of fiber break easily causing “pilling” or a “balling” effect on the surface of the fabric.