Cotton from Egypt is the finest in the world and is available in many top-rated hotels and luxurious spas. It is always hand-picked, which is a guarantee of density and purity, combined with strength and softness. The thread count is an indication of its quality and ranges from 120 to 1000.
Facts About Egyptian Cotton
- Egyptian cotton is not an ancient material. The commercial production of Egyptian cotton did not begin until 1822 when it was first introduced by Mohammed Ali.
- The fibres are longer than those of regular cotton. This is what gives it a smooth, luxurious feel, and is the reason it lasts longer and doesn’t come apart with regular washing.
- The success of Egyptian cotton is due to the American Civil War. This is because the production of cotton was forced to shut down for several years during the war, yet the material was still required for sheets and clothing.
- If you buy your sheets while actually in Egypt, they are unlikely to fit your bed, as the sizing will be different.
- Egyptian mummies were not wrapped in cotton, neither did the ancient citizens wear clothing made of it, linen was used instead.
When searching for a second wedding anniversary gift, you may think that Egyptian cotton is somewhat on the expensive side. While that may be true for bedding, towels are surprisingly affordable. Here I take a look at a four-piece set.
Egyptian Cotton Personalised Towel Set
The set consists of two hand towels and two face cloths, all decorated with a pretty interlinked heart design. They can be personalised which is a nice touch, with both names and the date of the wedding. The embroidery can be done in the colour of your choice, you just need to specify when ordering.
The set is available in white, cream or black, and the towels are super soft, being made from 500gsm Egyptian cotton. Unfortunately, they don’t come gift-wrapped, but you could pop them in some pretty tissue paper yourself.
The hand towels measure 85 x 50cm and the face towels 30cm x 30cm, which is pretty standard for these type of items.
The seller is giftsabc, who are known for their quick dispatch, and the towel set is available from Amazon.
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Overall, I think these are a lovely gift, with a luxurious touch, and the personalisation really makes them seem special.
Egyptian Cotton Matt Emulsion Paint!
Just for a bit of fun, I thought I would throw in this crazy suggestion! If you know a couple who have a sense of humour to appreciate the idea behind this, it could be a gift which will be talked about for years to come! And actually, it could be useful too; who wouldn’t mind freshening up their decor every now and then?
As you can see by the name, the shade is known as Egyptian Cotton, part of the Warm Neutrals collection, and is from the renowned paint manufacturer, Dulux. Being matt emulsion, it is ideal for walls and ceilings, and the tin holds a generous 2.5 litres. The texture is nice and creamy, making it easy to work with, and has a relatively short drying time of two to four hours.
It has a long-lasting colour, and although I have never used this particular shade, I painted my dining room walls in Chic Shadow (a lovely soft, grey colour), part of the same range, and it shows no sign of fading. You have to be aware, that as its a matt finish, it’s not suitable for use in the kitchen as it doesn’t wipe clean. I have to keep my grandson and his sticky fingers away from it!
Egyptian Cotton Duvet Bed Set
If you wish to spend a little more money then I recommend this gorgeous Egyptian cotton duvet bed set. The pure white colour gives a clean and contemporary look to any bedroom and the set consists of a duvet cover (200cm x 200cm), a fitted sheet (190cm x 135cm x 27cm) and two pillowcases (50cm x 75cm). It is also available in single and kingsize, with free delivery in the UK.
The set looks and feels luxurious, with a crisp smooth touch, and actually gets softer the more you wash it! The cotton is a naturally breathable material and has a matte finish. The set gives a hotel-style look to any bedroom and has high-quality stitching.
The bed linen is produced from a mix of the best quality long, medium and short Egyptian cotton fibres, in a 200 thread count Percale weave. The duvet cover has traditional buttonhole fastenings, rather than modern studs. The set is easy to care for, being machine washable and can be tumble dried. If ironing is necessary, it should be done while the material is still damp. The set is also available in a soft cream colour.
The seller is Euphoric Gifts and the set is available from Amazon.
Luxury Purple Cotton Bath Rug
If Egyptian cotton is slightly beyond your budget, then this is the next best thing and feels equally luxurious. In a glamorous purple, it has long, deep cotton loops for a soft touch and a sturdy rubber backing to ensure it doesn’t slip on a wet floor. The rug is super absorbent and feels lovely underfoot when stepping out of the bath or shower. It measures a useful 53 cm x 86 cm and is machine washable. The bath rug comes in in other colours to complement your decor and matching towels are available. It could actually be used as a pretty bedside rug too.
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I hope you enjoyed this entertaining article, and if you have any questions about any of these useful gift suggestions, or simply want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Why not let me know how you celebrated your cotton anniversary? I’d love to hear your story.
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