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    Silk vs. Satin sheets: Understanding the Difference

    Here at Mulberry Park Silks, we never tire of touting the benefits of the silk sheets. Sleeping on silk is known for reducing sleep wrinkles, minimizing bed head, and regulating body temperature. As a natural, protein-based fiber, silk is also breathable, hypoallergenic, and mold- and mite-resistant.

    Mulberry Park Silks 22 Momme silk sheet in the color silver

    What is the differences between a silk and a satin sheets?

    One question we get asked on a regular basis is, “What's the difference between silk and satin sheets?” The short answer is this: silk is a nature fiber, whereas satin is a type of weave that is shiny on one side and dull on the other. Satin can be made from many materials -- including silk -- but most often is woven from man-made, chemical-based polyester or nylon.

    The special structure of silk

    Silk's unique properties come from the structure of its fibers. Silk fibers are coated with a layer of a protein known as sericin, which makes them naturally antibacterial, antifungal and resistant to mites and mold. Additionally, silk contain 18 different amino acids that are found in many high-end body lotions, skin and hair treatment products. Silk fibers also have a hollow center which helps absorb moisture and store heat, which regulates body temperature. When you sweat, silk wicks moisture and keeps you cool; when you're not, it maintains warmth. This is why silk sheets are great for staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

    In contrast, satin is usually woven from nylon or polyester, both of which are man-made from the chemical petroleum. As such, these fabrics lack the natural breathability and absorbency of silk.

    Silk: prized and valued

    For centuries, silk has been recognized as the finest and most desirable fabric on Earth. Silk is valued for its luxurious look-and-feel as well as its many organic properties. Unlike man-made, petroleum-based fibers, natural silk stands alone when it comes to beauty and comfort.

    Historically, silk has been more expensive than satin, for one reason: quality. Silk is an investment -- but it need not be unaffordable.

    Mulberry Park Silks: Accessible Luxury

    We founded Mulberry Park Silks with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals. Visit us online to learn more about all of our silk product lines, including silk pillowcases, 22 momme deluxe bedding, and children's bedding. We even offer a line of silk accessories such as sleep masks, travel pillows, and hair scrunchies. You'll also find our Heritage Park Laundry Essentials collection of fine fabric wash, which is hypoallergenic and formulated specifically for silk and other delicate linens.

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