Purchased these in APR 2010 Now FEB 2011. At first they were similar to "Circus Tent" Material...My wife and I use to joke about time to wash the tent, by themselves it was ALL you could wash in a MAX Capacity washer. But after many washes have become Firm yet Soft. My Wife and I LOVE These Sheets. Very deep and very durable, very comforting.. worth the money, only downside at this price and quality level should come with more pillow cases!