The tighter the weave, the longer the wear.
One square centimeter of fabric with 10 to 15 thick threads does not
have the strength of one square centimeter densely packed with 30 to 40
thin threads. For example: a woven cotton tapestry, where the colours
and pattern are tightly woven in with coloured threads, wears better than a cotton with colours printed on.
Here is a simple check for you.
Hold a piece of fabric up to the light. The less light that shows
through, the tighter the weave.
Another way to tell the fabric
durability, is the number of "rubs" the fabric has endured. The number
of rub cycles undergone before the fabric shows an objectionable change
in appearance is counted and determines the fabric's abrasion rating.