For a long time I purchased sheets not knowing the difference between percale and saten (not satin). I always ended up with saten, which is a different weave than percale. Saten kind of lay on your skin more like satin. These sheets are percale, which is a crisp cotton. They remind me of the sheets my grandmother had on her beds. I don't find them to be loud like the other reviewers. Just crisp, clean cotton...just what I wanted. Great quality sheets.