Invest in good-quality bedlinen made from natural fibres. Thread count marks quality when buying cotton bedlinen. In general the higher the thread count, the better quality it is. However, it is also worth considering the fineness, as this is an indicator of how soft it will feel. Linen (like the Belgian flax sheet set above, includes two sheets and two pillowcases, from Dh180 at Pottery Barn) is a perfect choice for hot climates as by its nature it regulates temperature, keeping cool in hot temperatures and warm in colder seasons. Silk is another good temperature regulator and is hypoallergenic, but it is more highmaintenance to look after.