History behind Egyptian cotton reputation!

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Egyptian Cotton™ has come a long way to reach you. From 1821 when the finest cotton seeds were found and planted in Egypt, to today where it is adored in homes and hotels everywhere.

Why Egyptian Cotton?

  • Egyptian cotton has been grown in the Nile Valley for thousands of years. It is considered to be the finest luxury cotton available. Renowned as the highest-quality cotton, it is known for its smooth, glossy finish.
    It requires full sunlight and high humidity and rainfall to grow properly as a small, bushy tree, and is very sensitive to frost. This is why cotton grown in Egypt is the best as the weather there is suitable for it. It is characterized by its unusually long, silky fibres and is less susceptible to insect damage.
  • Throughout the past three centuries, Egyptian cotton has prevailed as one of Egypt’s biggest competitive advantages. With an established reputation of being the “best” cotton in the world, its softness, strength and superior characteristics, have positioned products made of Egyptian cotton as the world’s finest.
    Egyptian cotton has not gained such a reputation without reason. Egyptian cotton “is” the world’s finest cotton and the following characteristics are what sets Egyptian cotton apart from other natural fibres:
  • The length of the fibre makes it possible to make the finest of yarns without sacrificing the strength of the yarn
  • The strength of the fibre makes fabrics more solid and more resistant to stress
  • Its ability to absorb liquids gives fabrics made of Egyptian cotton deeper, brighter and more resistant colors
  • Its softness feels like nothing else in the world


Egyptian cotton is hand-picked which guarantees the highest levels of purity. In addition, hand picking puts no stress on the fibres – as opposed to mechanical picking – leaving the fibres straight and intact.

All these factors have resulted in Egyptian cotton being by far the best cotton in the world. Fabrics made of Egyptian cotton are softer, finer and last longer than any other cotton in the world.

What is Egyptian cotton?

As you may have guessed, Egyptian cotton is simply cotton that has been grown in Egypt. The warm climate in Egypt and the soil near the river Nile is perfect for growing the finest, long yarn cotton. Due to the softness of the weave and luxurious texture of the material, Egyptian cotton is ideal for bed linen in the most luxurious of homes and hotels.

Difference between Regular Cotton and Egyptian cotton..

Cotton is a popular choice when it comes to fabrics. Whether we are looking for clothes, towels or bed linen, cotton, especially Egyptian cotton, is most people’s first port of call. Not only do we love cotton for that way it feels, but it is also proven to be kinder on the skin, especially for those with sensitivities and allergies. Egyptian cotton is widely regarded to be the best quality cotton available, so we’re investigating what makes Egyptian cotton superior to other types of cotton.

How is Egyptian cotton different from regular cotton?

Regular cotton is often machine-picked, whereas Egyptian cotton is hand-picked. Delicately handling and hand-picking Egyptian cotton means that the cotton is not damaged and is therefore much softer and stronger. In comparison, machine-picking regular cotton causes damage to the cotton fibres, creating a coarse texture. The Egyptian climate helps to produce perfect cotton with strands that are longer and stronger than regular cotton, this results in the famously silky and luxurious texture of Egyptian cotton.

Which is better?

For sheer luxury, Egyptian cotton is the fabric of choice for hotel bed linen for a reason. The quality and comfort of the material is the best in the world and cannot be beaten. The natural make-up of Egyptian cotton gives it a shine and sparkle that stands out from regular cotton. Egyptian cotton is lighter and more breathable which also makes it perfect for those who struggle with sleep. While regular cotton is better than the majority of man-made materials, Egyptian cotton stands above regular cotton as the number one material of choice.


Nur-Nil Textile Company has been certified by the “Cotton Egypt Association” as a 100% Genuine Egyptian Cotton™ accredited manufacturer.

At Nur-Nil Textile, we are manufacturing a wide range of 100% Genuine Egyptian Cotton products to suit every need.