This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Egyptian Cotton. Cotton raised in Egypt, of a yellowish color and superior quality, not as fine and silky as the Sea Island cotton raised in the United States, but ranking next to it in price and grade. It is, however, somewhat irregular in staple, and prepared for shipment in a bungling, slovenly manner. No description of cotton loses less in carding, and it mixes freely with cotton of a shorter staple. The best and cleanest is generally used by manufacturers for spinning a superior quality of yarn for hosiery.