all about linen

Linen is a fabric made from fibres of the flax plant. The flax plant has been cultivated in almost every country in the world and has been used to make linen cloth for over 6,000 years. In fact, the discovery of dyed flax fibres in a cave in Georgia dating back 36,000 years suggests that even ancient people created and used linen.

And it’s hardly surprising! Linen is beautiful, sustainable, hard wearing and has benefits beyond the look and feel of the fabric. It’s a truly precious material, so much so that it was used to wrap the bodies of mummies in Egypt, to keep them safe on their journey to the afterlife.

The plant from which linen is produced is flax, or Linum usitatissimum, for it’s full title! It’s also known as common flax or linseed and used as both a food, flax seeds and linseed oil, and as the fibre linen.

Linen is an incredible textile. It is two to three times stronger than traditional cotton and dries at a much faster rate. Because of its porous nature, linen has natural heat and moisture-wicking properties, which makes it ideal for clothing worn close to the skin, whilst the firm, hard wearing beauty of linen makes it the ideal choice for tableware. The combination of its cooling properties, hard wearing nature and natural beauty are why linen complements any bedroom in which it is used.


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Linen is also naturally anti-bacterial, which is why it was the popular choice for bandages throughout history.

But linen is not just used in the home! Linen has been used in the banknotes of many countries, due to its hard wearing qualities. Even today, american bank notes are made up of 25% linen!

A wonderful, sustainable and beautiful textile, we’re delighted to bring you the finest quality linen, to brighten any home, bedroom, dining-room or bathroom attire

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