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Percale Sheet Buyer's Guide: Matouk Essex vs. Matouk Luca

  • by Kendra Cosenza
  • 4 min read

As a leading retailer of luxury linen, Fine Linen and Bath frequently receive calls requesting assistance choosing among bedding collections. Our customer service team loves these inquiries! Fine percale cotton sheets are a significant investment. We are happy to provide detailed guidance to help our clients choose the highest quality sheets that meet their standards for beauty and comfort. We will even send free fabric swatches -- with no shipping charge -- to review before purchasing.

Comparing popular percale sheeting collections from Matouk

Essex and Luca are two popular cotton percale bedding options from the textile manufacturer Matouk. Both Essex and Luca are percale weave, which means they feel like the crisp linens used in hotels, as opposed to sateen fabric, which is woven to be softer.

What are Percale sheets?

Percale sheets are a plain cotton weave characterized by a matte finish and a crisp feel. Cotton percale weave linens are light, incredibly soft and breathable. They come in varying thread counts, with the finest percale being made from long staple cotton and Egyptian cotton. These sheets have a tight, flat cotton weave with a crisp feel similar to a dress shirt. Percale's tight weave may lead one to believe it feels warmer but -- due to the thinner yarn used -- percale sheets offer a cooler sleeping experience. This makes percale a better option for those who ‘sleep hot' or live in a warm climate. Percale weave sheets are different from sateen, which is smoother, softer, and woven to be warmer.

Let's take a look at Essex and Luca. We're certain that whichever of these Matouk sheets you choose, you'll be more than pleased!

The Benefits of Matouk Essex Percale Sheets

The Matouk Essex Collection is made from long-staple cotton percale and is made in India. This bedding is accented with a pair of crisp lines of satin stitch embroidery. Swatch samples are available to help you choose the ideal color for your décor.

Picture of Matouk Essex Bedding Collection in Champagne color

Essex Percale details: Woven with Matouk's signature Sierra fabric (350 thread count, long-staple cotton), Essex sheets feature two lines of dual-tone stitch embroidery in satin. Available in a variety of color pairings from soothingly subtle to delightfully bright. Essex recreates the air of elegant European hotel bedding in every way but the price!

Why we love Matouk Essex bedding: Matouk Essex is well priced for a 350-thread count sheet of this quality. It's perfect for adding just a touch of color to any bed from master to teen to guest bedrooms. We find many clients treat themselves to multiple sets of Essex to switch up their style as seasons change.

The Benefits of Matouk Luca Percale Sheets

The Matouk Luca Collection is made from soft Egyptian cotton percale woven for the ultimate smooth touch. This exquisite bedding is made by Matouk at their Fall River, MA factory headquarters and is available in your choice of two stunning finishes. Free fabric swatches are available to help you select the ideal color for your decor.

Matouk Luca Satin Stitch Bedding in the color Pool

Luca Percale details: An indulgent 500TC percale bedding delivers a soft feel and versatile design options. Choose the simple sophistication and classic style of a delicate hemstitch (in white and ivory) or a tailored single line of satin stitch embroidery with a 1-inch flange (in white, ivory and eight additional colors) for a more modern look. Matouk's Luca satin stitch color palette makes it perfect for mixing and matching with Matouk's other bedding collections.

Why we love Matouk Luca bedding: We can't get enough of Luca's super smooth touch and soft feel and adore the design flexibility of sheeting with two finish options and color choices. When buying sheets, remember that Luca is elegant bedding that blends well with any décor. Luca gives clients the freedom to style their beds however they desire without being pinned down to one particular sheeting collection or color scheme.

Fine Cotton Care: Guide to Washing Linens

Machine wash Matouk Luca bedding in warm and tumble dry on low. Use a laundry soap formulated for fine linen to help these textiles retain their crisp feel and preserve the color of satin stitching.

Essex and Luca coordinate with Matouk's other bedding collections. We recommend washing your Matouk sheets with a detergent specially formulated to clean fine linens without harmful chemicals such as Heritage Park Laundry Essentials.

Matouk Comparison Chart of Essex vs Luca


Matouk Essex

Matouk Luca

Thread Count



*based on a Queen sheet set




Two lines, dual-tone satin

Hemstitch or Single-line satin stitch

Color Options

White sheeting with a choice of tonal pairing trim colors including Azure, Champagne, Charcoal, Green, Hibiscus, Lagoon, Navy, Pink, Pool, White

White or ivory (hemstitch) bedding with a choice single-line satin stitch colors including Azure, Bark, Beech, Blush, Ivory, Midnight, Pool, Silver, Sky, White





100% Cotton

100% Cotton


Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King

Coordinates with other Matouk’s Collections



Made In


USA of fabric from Italy

Product Care

Machine Wash; Iron Safe; Tumble Dry

Machine Wash; Iron Safe; Tumble Dry

Shipping Lead Time

In stock, 2 - 5 business days

In stock, 2 - 5 business days

Note: All collections are regularly stocked and will ship to you quickly.

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