If you’ve stayed in one of our bedrooms, you’ll know that we take sleep very seriously. As well as a big bed and comfy mattress, a vital part of getting a good night’s sleep is crisp, cool bedlinen. While many hotels use linen with a thread count of 200 and it’s what you’ll find in most department stores, our sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers have a thread count of 300 because it feels much more luxurious on your skin. Our bedlinen comes from the world’s most famous textile company, Frette.

The Italian textiles company has been supplying (exquisitely monogrammed) pillowcases for European royalty to rest their crowned heads on since the 19th century. Luxury hotels and yachts dress their beds with Frette’s linens and you’ll find their tablecloths in the dining car of the Orient Express and even a Frette-made altarpiece in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Frette bedlinen Soho House Chicago bedroom

Using the best quality raw materials and the skills of experienced artisans, Frette bedlinen is worth investing in as it will last for years, actually getting softer with age and use. Here’s a crash course in textile terminology to explain what makes our bedlinen so special.

Percale

Percale is a tightly woven, plain weave cotton with a fresh, crisp feel and a matte look. Breathable and durable, it’s ideal for summer and warmer climates and is easy to care for.

Thread Count

Thread count refers to the number of threads running across the warp (length) and weft (width) of a square inch of fabric. The higher the count, the finer the threads and the smoother the finish – but the raw materials and techniques used to finish the fabric are just as important.

Finishing

Frette put their fabrics through a tough series of treatments to get the best finish. In 1903 they patented the Albert Gagedois industrial method of natural fibre textile bleaching to get that pure white, soft, smooth and shiny finish.

The Hand

The ‘hand’ of a fabric simply means what it feels like to the touch – a sensation that’s difficult to explain in technical terms, but one that’s instantly recognizable when you climb between the sheets of a supremely comfortable bed and wake refreshed from the best night’s sleep. Frette believe the three ‘Fs’ – fibre, finish and feel – give their bedlinen the best ‘hand’.

When it comes to bedlinen, white is our failsafe favourite – you can always add colour and extra texture with a throw folded at the end and some cushions scattered in front of the pillows.

 

High Road House

Experience our Frette bedlinen for yourself with a stay at our West London bolthole