Egyptian cotton is grown in the Nile River valley, a humid area that has long been considered to have the most desirable conditions and soil for growing fine cotton. There are a variety of cotton types grown in Egypt, and each is categorized by the length of the cotton fiber. The most popular varieties are extra-long staple (or ESL), long staple (or LS), and regular cotton. ELS fibers are spun into much finer, softer, and stronger yarns than the other two, making it the most desirable for providing luxurious comfort. ESL produces less lint and is less likely to pill than other varieties, and it also gets softer with every wash, which most consumers view as an added bonus. As you shop for Egyptian cotton linens, keep in mind that only a small percentage fall in the ESL category. Some linens labeled as Egyptian cotton are made of an inferior cotton strand that falls short of what most consumers think Egyptian cotton should feel like. Fortunately, when you shop with US-Mattress, you can find a wide selection of ESL Egyptian cotton linens that will provide you with soft, luxurious comfort for years to come. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave us a comment or give us a call at 1-800-455-1052.