I've been looking for cool, crisp linen for quite a while--the kind that used to be called percale. This is the closest I've come to it. These pillowcases came out of the package silky. Then I washed them before putting them on the bed. They were slightly wrinkled (not a worry for me), but they felt wonderful. These are definitely summer sheets--of a lighter weight than I usually find, but I prefer that. Also, I ordered the white--it is a true white, bright and clean. Fortunately I ordered the matching sheets too. I'm ordering more. Excellent!