There is a misconception about sheets out there that the higher the thread count the better the quality. This is only partially true. Actually, the highest quality sheets are a SINGLE ply, high thread count. The single ply is just as important as the thread count. I purchased two sets of these sheets and can guarantee you that they are not single ply. These sheets feel (and weigh) much like canvas. They are thick and will likely last a lifetime, but it will take at least a lifetime for them to become soft. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you purchase single ply sheets. You will be much more pleased with the softness.