When it comes to luxury linens, Frette is at the top of the list. The Italian linen brand has been around since 1860 and is known for their high-end bedding. The Doppio Ajour cotton Sateen sheet set is straight out of their Classic Collection and features their gorgeous double open hemstitch on the top sheet, pillowcases, and pillow shams.
What else do you need to know about these silky sheets? Read on for my full review.
- The sheets come in Twin, Queen, King, and California King. (I reviewed the King.)
- King dimensions
- Top sheet: 106” x 126”
- Bottom fitted sheet: 79” x 80”, depth is 18“
- Two King shams: 20” x 40”
- King dimensions
- They’re made in Italy.
- Multiple colors are available. (Mine are Cliff Grey.)
- The sheets are machine washable and air-dry only. Ironing is recommended.
- They’re 100 percent cotton Sateen — a soft, light, and lustrous fabric with a silky smooth feel, luminous sheen, and inviting touch. Frette Sateen has a thread count of 300 to 500.
- The price is $1,150. (This price includes one fitted bottom sheet, one top sheet, and two pillow shams.)
Who Makes It?
Frette 1860 is a luxury linen and home furnishings company that has been around since, well, 1860. Frette’s bed linens can be found in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and (according to the company) in the most “discerning private homes, yachts and aircraft.”
Frette’s Doppio Ajour is part of the company’s Classic Collection of linens. Per Frette, the sheets feature “Frette’s signature double open hemstitch, creating an elegantly understated border on soft, smooth and lustrous cotton Sateen.”
What Is Cotton Sateen?
The Sateen aspect of these sheets is what gives them their silky-smooth feel and appealing sheen.
When you see the phrase “Sateen weave,” it refers to two things: First, the way the cotton fibers were treated before they were turned into sheets. And second, the way those fibers are woven together to create the sheets.
In order for sheets to qualify as Sateen, the cotton fibers are soaked in lye and then acid in order to “seal off” the fibers. This makes the fibers smoother, more durable, shinier, and longer-lasting. It also helps the fibers absorb dye effectively.
Once the fibers are treated, they’re woven in a satin weave — meaning different types of threads are woven together so they overlap in the same direction. The result is what appears to be a diagonal weave pattern and a drapey and delicate — yet durable — set of sheets. Sateen sheets also tend to have a high thread count. One downside of this weave style is that it may be vulnerable to snags and pulls.
You will want to enjoy these sheets for as long as possible, so I recommend that you stick to the care instructions provided on Frette’s website and the care tag on your sheets set.
On Frette’s website, the care instructions for the Doppio Ajour sheets say you can machine wash in cold water with mild, liquid, biodegradable detergent and without added bleach or whiteners. Dry on a low setting and remove before completely dry to iron and fold.
The sheets will definitely wrinkle in the dryer but are easy to iron out if you pull them out a little damp — so I recommend keeping an eye on them and grabbing them before they’re fully dry.
There is an incredible amount of detailed information about caring for all of your Frette linens and other products on the company’s website. I recommend checking it out and seeing what they suggest and how that works with the washing and drying system at your own home. You can check out their Care Guide here.
- Extremely high-end and luxurious, silky feel
- Sateen sheen gives them a really glamorous and expensive look
- Fits mattresses up to 18” deep; the elastic band is snug for a good fit with any size mattress
- Comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors (nine options)
- Durable and long-lasting; won’t pill or lose softness easily
- Higher maintenance compared to other sheets
- Tend to wrinkle easily; ironing is recommended
These sheets are really nothing short of elegant. They are 100 percent cotton with 300 to 500 thread count and a Sateen weave, which gives them a really smooth and silky soft feel.
I reviewed a King-size set in Cliff Grey. (The sheets come in eight other colors.) The grey has this gorgeous sheen to it thanks to the Sateen weave. The sheet set comes with a fitted bottom sheet that will work with mattresses up to 18″ thick, a top sheet with the company’s signature double open hemstitch embroidery, and two King pillow shams. (Pillowcases appear to come separately.)
I very carefully washed the sheets following the care instructions provided on Frette’s site. I used a natural, mild detergent and put them on a low/delicate cycle. To dry, I used the “air-dry only” feature on my dryer, but I think my first choice would be to line-dry if I had the capacity. (King-sized sheets are big!) Just be very careful not to overdry these on a hot heat setting, as it has the potential to damage the fabric.
I did pull the sheets out of the dryer when they were slightly damp and ironed them. The wrinkles came out really easily — although it did take me some time to iron the whole King set. I would highly recommend that you do this, because once you get those smooth, silky, ironed sheets on your bed, you won’t regret the extra work it took to iron them.
There is no doubt these sheets are high-quality and soft — but they’re not the “soft” you may think of when you’re used to jersey knit sheets or even bamboo sheets. They have a silky cotton feel that is smooth and more lightweight. The extra-long staple cotton and the finishing process used by Frette make them highly durable and give them a really nice, high-end feel.
I washed the sheets twice during my review and had absolutely no indication of pilling or wear. They stayed in great condition the whole time. (Do expect a little wrinkling as you sleep on them.)
I think my favorite aspect of this particular sheet set is the color and the shine of the fabric. Aside from feeling really great, they just look regal and gorgeous. My whole bedroom is elevated and I think the double open hemstitch embroidery is classy but also works well with most design aesthetics.
The Doppio Ajour sheet set (including two pillow shams) will run $1,150 for a King set on Frette’s website at full price. They’re $1,100 for a Queen set. I will admit these sheets are out of my personal budget, but I really enjoyed the opportunity to review them and to experience the high-end luxury of Frette’s linens. They did not disappoint.
If you have a bigger budget for sheets and like the idea of a little sheen or shine in your bedroom, I would definitely consider the silky and luxurious nature of the Doppio Ajour sheets. Keep in mind that you may need to spend a little extra time caring for them, but with all the different color options and the high-quality fabric, you will surely have these for a long, long time.
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