While these are a nice quality sheet (thin, but strong and silky), I was a bit disappointed that the flat and fitted sheet stripes are horizontal, but the stripes on the pillow cases are vertical. It's not a major issue, but I prefer all stripes being vertical and had expected that alignment. If this is an issue for you, I would suggest the small checked pattern in this same brand. They are the same color in gray, and have a very attractive pattern. Stripe alignment may differ by size, but this was the case for the queen set.