A term used mostly in the USA to establish a quality of fabric, sometimes abbreviated to "tc".
A high thread count often means a softer "feel" and greater "pill"resistance.
The number of threads counted in one square inch of fabric determines the "thread count"
But, there are different ways of "counting" the threads.
While most cotton fabric is woven from a thread using a single cotton fiber, Schweitzer cotton sateen and damask are made from a pair of fibers twisted together.
This means that Schweitzer products often have TWICE the cotton fibers
- for the same thread count - than other competitors products.
Most Schweitzer products are over 300 thread count with some reaching an unbelievably soft 1000 thread count fabric - the finest available. After 45 years in the textile business, we have found that varying thread count does change the characteristics of fabric. But other factors that also change the characteristics of fabric are: yarn gage, length of fiber, hand (feel of fiber), weave configuration for balance, finishing, dyeing and printing and it’s the sum of the whole which really make the difference.
The superior 100% Egyptian cotton fabric that Schweitzer uses in its products has a smoother, softer feel, is a stronger fabric with a greater 'wearability' and enjoys a longer life.