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GSM (Grams per Square Meter)

GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter. It’s a unit used in the textile industry to measure the weight and thickness of fabric.

In simpler terms, it tells you how much a square meter of that fabric weighs in grams.

Why is GSM Important?

Knowing the GSM of a fabric helps you understand its:

  • Weight and Thickness: A higher GSM indicates a heavier and thicker fabric, while a lower GSM signifies a lighter and thinner one.
  • Warmth: Generally, thicker fabrics (higher GSM) offer more warmth, making them ideal for winter bedding or towels.
  • Durability: Thicker fabrics are more durable and resistant to wear and tear.
  • Breathability: Lighter fabrics (lower GSM) allow for better airflow, making them more breathable and comfortable for summer clothes.

GSM and Your Home Textiles

When shopping for home textiles in the USA, you might see GSM mentioned for products like:

  • Towels: A higher GSM towel (around 600 GSM and above) will be thicker, more absorbent, and more plush.
  • Bed sheets: Percale sheets with a higher GSM (around 300 and above) tend to be denser and more durable.
  • Flannel sheets: For cozy warmth, look for flannel sheets with a higher GSM (around 250 and above).

Important Note: GSM is just one factor to consider when choosing home textiles. It’s important to think about how you’ll use the product and choose the weight and thickness that best suits your needs.

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