'Satin Silk' is rarely real Silk
That's right, products marketed as satin, silky satin, satin silk and derivatives of this are most commonly 100% polyester/nylon/rayon.
We often see unscrupulous merchants trying to pass off their artificial products as Satin Silk - duping unsuspecting consumers that are wanting to buy real silk.
In the 90's, Madonna got us all thinking that satin sheets were very romantic but in reality, they were just plain uncomfortable and made us feel hot and bothered. Satin is made from synthetic fibre and is not breathable. Pure silk on the other hand is breathable and temperature regulating which means it would keep you cool on a hot night and warm on a cold one.
Silk is a natural fibre.
The fibre is then weaved into a piece of fabric. Mayfairsilk bedding uses a closely guarded weave and finishing to give our trademark smooth hand-feel, durability, thickness and modern matt sheen with rich lustre.
'Satin' is the name for a type of weave to make a fabric.
It exhibits a glossy surface on one side with a dull reverse. It's created by floating several warp yarns over a single weft and so on. This causes light to refract differently to a plain weave, giving it the distinctive 'satin' look.
Unhelpfully, Satin fabric can be made from any fibre, so the term Satin doesn't tell you what fibre is used to make the fabric. This is where unscrupulous sellers substitute cheaper materials to imitate the look of silk and try to mislead consumers into thinking they're buying realy silk.
When marketed as Satin Silk, or Silky Satin or some other such derivative, it will be polyester, nylon or rayon or a blend of these, as it's much cheaper to produce. If cotton is used it should be called Sateen.
When a merchant refers to their product being 'Satin' and feeling like silk, especially on marketplaces that sell it for a price that is too good to be true, it's most likely to be weaved from one of these petroleum byproduct/plastics. The term 'Satin Silk', is used to deceive the average person into thinking they're buying silk for a bargain price.
Be sceptical of merchants using this term and do your research. None of the benefits of real silk is found in Satin Silk, or Silky Satin.
These merchants will rarely explicitly state the material used and will rarely if ever mention the momme rating of the silk. You really do have to read the fine-print and press the seller for details. The lack of a momme rating is another warning for quality.
It's a simple reminder:
"if something looks too good to be true
... it usually is".
'Satin silk' tries to imitate silk's natural beauty, suppleness and light refraction but that's where the similarities end. It's plastic, very slippery, highly glossy, creates static electricity and will be very hot to sleep in. It's unpleasant to sleep on for longer than 30 minutes, as your body heat reflects back at you and will cause sweating. Being plastic, it has next to no 'wicking' ability or absorption. It's much like wrapping yourself in a plastic bag for the night. It might look nice on first glance, but it offers none of the redeeming qualities of real silk.
Real silk of the highest quality available as used in Mayfairsilk has several health and beauty benefits that can be read in more detail. Briefly, it is hypoallergenic, antibacterial, temperature regulating, durable, sustainably produced and biodegradable. Mayfairsilk prodcts also have a unique matt finishing that pairs well with contemporary decor and style.
It might be more of an investment initially, as silk is the most expensive and highly regarded textile, but it's much more cost effective in the long run when you consider your health, quality of sleep and comfort.
We hope you have found this guide helpful in understanding the difference between satin and silk. Our mission is to introduce you to the gorgeous fabric and the joy of sleeping in real silk. Pure silk, with an inimitable finish.
When quality matters and you want to be assured your buying the real thing, we hope you give us the opportunity to show you.