A sateen weave is one vertical thread woven for every four horizontal threads. This type of weave produces a fabric with a lustrous look and satin feel. Generally made from a very fine yarn and has a higher thread count. Woven with more left threads on the surface, the construction of the weave is generally four yarns over, one yarn under.
When shopping for high end or luxury bedroom accessories and items, you will come across the term 'sateen'. Bed sheets and linens are often named after the style of weave or material that was used to create the object. In the case of the term sateen, it can be applied to both the type of material and the weaving process that was used. Understanding exactly what the sateen weave looks like, what materials are used with this type of weave, and what makes it different from other weaves can help you determine if this style of weaving is right for your bedroom accessories.
Sateen bed sheets, blankets and linens are notorious for feeling extremely soft. This soft quality is attributed to both the type of material that is commonly used with sateen products and the type of weave that is used. The types of materials that are commonly used with sateen bed sheets, blankets and other bedroom linens include cotton or in rare cases rayon. These materials aren't thought of as the smoothest or softest materials, but the type of weaving that is done to create the blanket, pillow or bed sheet makes it extremely soft.
The weaving process that is done on sateen bed sheets, blankets and other linens differs from the standard weave that may be found on other types of bedroom linens. This weaving process is done to include a structure that has the threads woven in a pattern that includes four threads over and one under. This weaving pattern allows the material to be mostly at the top, where it feels extremely soft. This weaving pattern also creates the unique appearance that is often associated with sateen bed sheets or linens. Many people associate a soft, silky sheen with sateen bedroom linens. This sheen is produced by the four over, one under weave.
This weaving process is different from a plain weave or even a Jacquard weave in a number of ways. The standard plain weave is a process that uses a one over, one under weaving technique. This technique might create a product that is durable, but the material often feels extremely rough or not as soft and comforting as a sateen product. When compared to a Jacquard weave the entire appearance is different. Jacquard weaves are used on blankets and bed sheets to create images or intricate patterns, while the sateen weave is used to give the products a solid colored, plain appearance that has a soft, shiny sheen.