With so many fabrics claiming to be real silk sheets, how can you identify authentic silk bedding? Follow this guide to test, assess, and recognize 100% genuine mulberry silk sheets.

The Burn Test

The burn test is one of the most accurate ways to determine if sheets are made from genuine mulberry silk or a lower quality imitation. To perform this test on your bedding:

  • Carefully cut a tiny inconspicuous corner from the silk sheets, no more than 1 inch square.
  • Use metal tweezers or pliers to hold the fabric corner and apply a flame underneath. Watch closely.
  • Real silk sheets should not melt, drip, or burn rapidly when exposed to a flame. The fabric will shrivel away quickly.
  • Notice the smell - real silk gives off an odor like burnt hair as it singes. Artificial silk smells chemical or plastic.
  • After the flame, real silk leaves a delicate ash residue that crumbles easily. Fakes may ball up and remain hard.

While destructive, singeing a small swatch can definitively identify whether sheets are real silk or an inferior blend. The burn behaviors do not lie. This test gives peace of mind.

The Gum Test

The gum test is a simple way to determine if sheets are made from authentic real silk or an artificial blend:

  1. Dampen a small, hidden area of the silk sheets using just water.
  2. Gently rub the wet patch between your fingers, feeling the texture.
  3. Real silk will become sticky and gummy with friction.
  4. Fake silk retains a harder texture when damp.
  5. Rinse away any residue after testing.

Real silk sheets develop a gummy feel when wet because of a natural sericin protein coating the fibers. This gumminess is definitive evidence of genuine mulberry silk sheets.

Try this simple test next time you shop for luxurious bedding. Knowing your sheets are real silk will help you rest assured.


The ultimate test for identifying luxurious real silk sheets is assessing how the fabric feels in your hands:

  1. Gently rub a few inches of the sheet between your thumb and fingers.
  2. Quality silk has an exceptionally smooth, soft texture. It almost feels like running water.
  3. Inferior fabrics like polyester feel rough and chafe the skin in comparison.
  4. Fully silk sheets glide effortlessly across the skin without any friction.

The handfeel test focuses on that unmistakable yet subtle silkiness that only genuine real silk possesses. No other material can mimic the featherlight smoothness of premium mulberry silk sheets.

Trust your fingertips when evaluating bedding. If it doesn't feel right, it likely isn't the real deal. Luxurious comfort should be tangible.


One way to recognize authentic luxury sheets is to test the breathability of the fabric:

  1. Hold the silk sheets up to your mouth and breathe through them.
  2. High quality real silk offers minimal resistance to airflow.
  3. Your breath should pass through the fabric easily and not reflect back.
  4. Dense, poorly ventilated fabrics inhibit air movement.

Genuine silk sheets made from the finest long-strand mulberry silk feel almost weightless. The fibers naturally permit air circulation and heat dissipation.

If you detect significant breathability as you blow through the fabric, you likely have a quality set of real silk sheets made for comfort and temperature regulation.

Check the Label

When shopping for silk bedding, always check the label for key details:

  • Look for "100% Mulberry Silk" - this indicates sheets made from the finest grade filament.
  • Seeking momme weight between 15-25 for optimal durability and feel.
  • Good labels specify country of origin and certifications like OEKO-TEX Standard 100.
  • Beware terms like "silk blend" which signal inferior synthetic mixes.

Legitimate silk sheets will have an informative label clearly stating the materials used and certifying the quality.

Basic yet high-quality real silk sheet sets start around 300 thread count. Resist deals that seem too good to be true.

An honest label indicates transparency - if details are unclear or missing, proceed with caution. Demand the real deal.

For the ultimate in luxury silk bedding, After years of innovation, Promeed has perfected a 100% mulberry silk sheet made from superior 6A+ long strand fibers.

The result is unmatched softness, breathability, and durability. Promeed's special degumming technique also enhances the silk's shine, color vibrancy, and soft handfeel.

When only the best will do, treat yourself to Promeed's 3rd generation 6A+ long strand mulberry silk sheets in 23 mm density. Their quality craftsmanship and ingenious technology delivers the pinnacle of luxury. Your nights will never be the same.