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What Are the Best Bed Sheets?

Adapted from the New Yorker’s “The Strategist”

In a November, 2018 feature, New Yorker’s “The Strategist” asked several top New York interior designers to name their favorite bed sheets.

Their top choices are among our own favorites, so we’re sharing them with you here. See and feel the unparalleled quality of bed linens by Matouk and Sferra today at either of our convenient, Washington, DC-area locations.

“Cotton-percale? Sateen? Silk? “Bedsheets are the most important thing in the world,” muses Bunny Williams, who has been decorating Upper East Side apartments and Connecticut country homes for over 30 years. Because if you’re going to spend one-third of your life between the sheets, shouldn’t they feel fabulous? Here, Williams, along with some other very particular New York tastemakers and interior designers — Sheila Bridges, Kai Avent-deLeon, and Aelfie Oudghiri — tells us the best bedsheets to buy, from classic, white Egyptian cotton to eco-friendly linen with raw edges.”

Matouk Scallop

“My favorite sheets are Matouk, mostly because everything’s customizable, from the color of the threading to the monogram and the ruffles,” says Sasha Bikoff, founder of Sasha Bikoff New York. But she keeps coming back to one specific style: “It’s this very Hollywood Regency scallop-shell pattern that’s kind of Miami-influenced too. It’s very 1940s, 1950s glam with the seashells and the scalloped edge, and I love it.”

Matouk Meridian

“Designer Vicente Wolf also recommends Matouk, calling their Meridian sheets the ‘go-to sheets I choose for the majority of my projects. Clients love them for their comfort and accessibility, while I love their simple designs. There’s something uniquely versatile about them — they’re sophisticated enough for city life, but even in a country home they works perfectly against a more rustic backdrop. I never second-guess these sheets; more often than not, they work for the interior I’m working on.’”

Sferra Resort Flat Sheet

“For another Egyptian cotton option, Homepolish designer Becky Shea recommends these embroidered sheets from Italian linens company Sferra. “It’s not the world’s highest thread count,” Shea admits, “but the Egyptian cotton on these sheets has this really tight weave that makes such a difference on your skin. The sheets have this handsome pair of satin borders you can get in different colors, too. It’s a brand built on practical creativity and affordable luxury.”

Is it time to upgrade your own sheets?

You’ll find a curated selection of our favorite bed sheets at Emissary Fine Linens. We stock a range of styles and sizes.

Please allow our knowledgeable and experienced staff to help you identify the most appropriate sheets for your particular needs. We’re happy to be of service. And if we don’t have the sheets you want in stock, we’ll special order them for you free of charge!