Linen is a super strong, durable and absorbent cloth making it an ideal choice for home furnishings. As a flat weave, Linen has beautiful characteristics with its recognizable appearance, softness and tendency to wrinkle.

Linen fibres, produced from the flax plant, have been around for about 6,000 years and was once thought so precious that it was used to preserve the bodies of Egyptian mummies. Today, linens are used for a wide variety of uses including soft furnishings, upholstery, curtains, blinds, bedding, and tablecloths.

What is a Linen?

Linen is a cloth made from the fibres of the flax plant, more commonly known as linseed. A flowering plant, textiles deriving from the flax plant are commonly used for clothes, bed sheets and upholstery. It’s a wonderfully sustainable source of textiles, it requires much less processing and requires fewer fertilizers than other natural fabrics. It’s also known to last longer than other fabrics if given the right care and attention. For these reasons linen is a great choice for interior furniture. It is durable, it ages well, is long lasting plus it looks absolutely beautiful on sofa’s chairs, scatters and footstools. It is a classic and elegant choice for curtains and blinds too.

When new some linens can feel a little abrasive, usually owing to the way they have been woven. Linens will soften over time, particularly if they are washed regularly. Linens are great at holding colour dye which is why they are usually available in a huge range of different shades. Although not necessarily the most elastic fabric, linens are incredibly breathable making them a perfect choice in warmer environments.

How is Linen produced?

The production process for producing linen is really quite simple. Fibres are pulled or cut from the flax plant and the seeds removed, this process is done using a specific bacteria that decomposes the pectin that binds them together, this process is called retting. The fibres are then separated and spun into yarn, eventually being woven into linen fabric.

How do you care for your Linen?

As an antistatic natural fibre, linens are easy to take care of with just minimal brushing and vacuuming required. Linens tend to be machine washable, although do check the cleaning instructions of the linen you purchase. Factor in that some shrinkage from the first wash is considered normal and use cold water cycles to minimise this. Linen is also great at resisting stains – just wipe away with a damp cloth or use a touch of mild detergent for more stubborn stains.

Linens will soften over time and are famous for their wrinkly characteristics, if you prefer your linen stiff and sturdy then dry cleaning is recommended over a machine wash. As with all fabrics, constant care and attention will repay – regular turning and plumping of cushions is recommended to help prolong the life of your furniture.