This is what makes linen special...
Linen is an heirloom in European cultures, passed down from generation to generation. Linen gets better with age, and lasts 12 times longer than cotton. The softness and strength are refined by warmth, friction and tension on the fibers. It becomes more flexible, supple and durable with each passing day, reflecting new character as time goes on.
Linen consists of flax plant fibres spun into thread. The warp consists of cotton yarn and the weft of flax thread. Linen is crisp, clean and comfortable. Incredibly soft, yet strong and durable. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. Linen yarn often has slubs or small knots that occur randomly, these add character and texture to the fabric and should be embraced.
Cooler climates are best to grow flax. The highest quality flax tends to come from European countries such as Belgium, France, Lithuania and the Netherlands. This is also known as the flax growing belt, where both soil and climate conditions are best. Linen has a much lower thread count than cotton due to the bulkier yearns, however linen is several times stronger than cotton and is known for its industrial strength. It absorbs moisture more easily than cotton and is both anti-static and anti-bacterial. Linen is also known for keeping you warm in winter and cool in summer and is therefore ideal for bedding and homewares.
Linen is a refreshingly easy fabric to live with care for. It's properties are naturally antibacterial and it was traditionally used as a medical material. It is non-allergenic, and virtually lint free, making it light on your senses compared to synthetic fabrics, making it an ideal product for those with sensitive skin or allergies. Linen remains crisp, fresh and dry, far longer than other materials such as cotton, which is more quickly weighed down by moisture and oils. Linens are temperature neutral, insulating in the winter and breathable in the summer.