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Explained: Momme, Thread Count and GSM

All you need to know about these bedding terms

What is the Momme Scale? 

The momme scale is used to measure the quality of the silk, by measuring its density. Values are given as the weight (lbs) of a piece of material 45" wide (standard weaving width) and 100 yards long. The momme value for a material will denote it's durability. The highest momme value silk is typically 22, used for the lining of luxury suits. Silk bed linen should have a momme value of at least 16.

- Our mulberry silk bed linen and silk pillowcases: All our mulberry silk bed linen and mulberry silk pillowcases have a momme weight of 19. This makes our bed linen very durable and of the highest quality.


What is "thread count"?

The thread count of a material is a measure of the courseness/fineness of a fabric. This vlaue is obtained through counting the total number of lengthways (warp) and widthways (weft) threads in 1 square inch. This value is most relevant for cotton items (such as our cotton-cased silk duvets), but is also applicable for silk. A thread count value over 300 serves as a good quality material for bed linen.

- Our mulberry silk bed linen and silk pillowcases: All our mulberry silk bed linen and silk pillowcases have a thread count of 400. This indicates products of high quality and durability. 


What does GSM mean?

Some silk manufacturers will provide a value for grams per square meter (GSM) of silk material. This is a way to measure the weight of silk bedding; the higher the GSM the higher the quality.

- Our summer duvets are 220 GSM and our autumn duvets are 400 GSM.