Most sheets nowadays aren't percale for a reason: we're more interested in comfort and softness than in sheets that look crisp on a freshly made bed but don't feel good against the skin. These do the job of a normal percale sheet: they look good on a made bed (or in the case of what I got them for, massage table) but they aren't as comfortable as I hoped for my clients, and they're very hard to manipulate since they don't fall the way sateen does. Some people actually like the feel of percale, and for those these sheets would be a tremendous value. They're vivid and colorfast, and they take washings well. But if you're a normal, modern person who is used to the sateen sheets that are standard these days, and you don't explicitly WANT percale, these are harsher on the skin than you may want to deal with. I'm replacing them as soon as I can find sateen I can afford... which is the other problem, of course, because percale is cheaper. But with good reason.