There was a reason we wanted a business that specialised in Linen. Linen is amazing!
It’s literally the oldest manmade textile on record to date. At an upper-Palaeolithic excavation site in the eastern-European country of Georgia, archaeologists discovered flax fibres that were preserved inside pollen chambers for 34,000 years. To date, they are the oldest evidence of manmade textiles ever discovered. The fibres showed evidence of having been knotted and dyed bright colours like turquoise and pink, consistent with the style of other artefacts left behind by our ancestors. (decktowel)
The fact that linen is still around, and so widely used today, is a testament to the strength of nature, as well as to the innovation of prehistoric humans. If you think about linen and its history on such a large scale, it becomes clear that the fabric changed the world. And the use of the flax plant to make linen has stood the test of time. But durability is only one reason we love it so much. There are plenty more positive characteristics of linen, and reasons to buy and use the textile – here is our top 5:
- Its Strong – Linen is much stronger than cotton. It’s the world’s strongest natural fibre, which means it’s even used in items like paper money to increase durability. It also means that it’s thicker than cotton. However, with stonewashed linen (like we use for our linen chair covers, linen curtains, linen tablecloths, linen cushion covers and our linen throw pillows), creates a worn and softer feel of the fabric. And the linen will continue to get even softer with age, so don’t fear washing it lots!
- Its Natural – Linen is made from the flax seed plant, which grows naturally and easily without much irrigation required. This means that farmers of flax do not need to use extra fertilizers or pesticides; making the linen textiles you buy today 100% natural. This means you are not only contributing to the world’s sustainability when you buy and use linen, but also cultivating a more natural (healthier) life.
- Its Healthy – It is extremely healthy as a textile as well. Linen, like we said, is all natural, which means that the fabric is also naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. It’s even known to help lower stress levels and increase better sleeping patterns when sleeping with linen throw blankets and pillows. And ancient Egyptians used it for its ability to naturally repel microorganisms. It’s almost more than just a healthy choice, but rather a medicinal one.
- Its Absorbent – Linen fibres are hollow. This means air and moisture move more naturally through them. This makes the fabric good for both cold and warm months. In the summer, choosing a linen shirt wasn’t just for style – but also functionality. Nobody likes having big sweat marks, and bodies literally stay cooler in the fabric. And when it’s cold, you can use linen throws to help maintain the warmth from your own body. It’s a natural insulator, as well as a natural cooler.
- Its Perfect for todays interiors – Linen has come a long way. Stonewashing has given Linen a new lease of life as a great fabric to use in both contemporary and modern interiors, and really lends itself to bedding, curtains and throw pillows