these are actually a little better than the egyptian cotton 500Tc sateen sheets. They are a little bit heavier than i'm used to, bc of the 1000TC but they are still soft enough to be comfortable against my skin, and they seem to be of good quality. since it is summer now i haven't really been using it. i only washed it once and covered my down comforter with it and put it away for winter. The feel of the duvet seemed nice i just hope it is durable and will hold up for a few years without pilling. I've had my original duvet cover back in the old days when they didn't charge you an arm and a leg for good quality sheet sets, for more than 10yrs! I had to repalace it with this one after it started to rip. Did i mention my cover had a zipper at the end? And it didn't rub against our skin, it was hidden very well made. I believe i bought it full price at Bed Bath and Beyond. They don't put zippers anymore, only buttons, that constantly come off after a few washes. That's been my experience.