The traditional used satin bed linen in Europe is Egyptian cotton sheet. They can be found in a wide range of thread counts, anywhere from 300 to 1500 threads per square inch. Egyptian cotton is a fine, lustrous, long staple cotton grown in Egypt. Long staple cottons are more expensive than the common available cottons, because they are synonymous with quality. Egyptian cotton has the longest fibers. When the cotton is pulled from the cotton plant, and the seeds are removed Egyptian cotton has longer fibers available for spinning into yarn. When weaving strands of yarn to make a larger item, long-staple cotton has the fewest connection points; as a result a higher percentage of area is the natural softness of the cotton. Egyptian cotton sheets are machine washable, the same attribute as mulberry silk sheets. Egyptian cotton sheets prices vary with their thread count, the higher the thread count the higher the price. However with this larger range most everyone can find a sheet set to his or her liking.