Do you have linen bedding anywhere in your home? How about linen curtains or guest towels? If you’re new to the world of linen, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know. And, even if you’re well acquainted with linen fabrics, you can still learn a thing or two! Here’s why linen is such a timeless, gorgeous, and interesting fabric that’s currently a major trend in high-end design.
Where Linen Comes From
This 100%-natural fiber originates from the stalks of the flax plant. The beautiful blue-flowered plant produces fine, strong fibers (plus, it also produces healthy flax seeds!). After harvesting the raw fibers, they are separated so that only the longer and softer fibers remain, spun into a fine yarn, and then woven into fabric using a loom. Most of the process is done by hand, unlike many other modern-day manufacturing processes. This ensures that the linen in your bedding is of the ultimate high quality.
Linen Fabric Through the Ages
Linen has been used in dozens of countries throughout the world, for thousands of years. It was often reserved for the upper classes of society. Did you know that the gold-encrusted pharaohs of Egypt were buried wrapped in linen, because it was the most precious type of fabric they had? Ever since ancient times, linen cloth has been woven from the fibers of the flax plant and used to make clothing, bedding, and more.
Linen’s Many Benefits
Linen has long fibers, so it is very strong and durable. In fact, it’s 2 to 3 times stronger than cotton! It can wick away moisture and heat, so it keeps you cool whether you’re wearing a linen blouse to the beach or sleeping on linen sheets on a hot summer night. It has natural antibacterial properties that help keep it fresh and clean. Every time you wash it, linen gets smoother and softer. Linen is also easy to dye in any color you want.
Fine Linen in Interior Design
There are few bedding materials as luxurious and soft as linen. This high-end, natural fabric is a popular choice for interior design because of the properties mentioned above and the appearance of the cloth. It is especially popular as a summer bedding because of its cooling and sweat-wicking properties.
Are you concerned about spending a large amount of money on bedding? Not to worry—your linen bedding will last for a long time. Linen has amazing durability and it even gets better and softer with age. High-quality linen won’t wear thin or tear easily. And, it maintains a slightly-wrinkled, casual, lived-in appearance that many people enjoy.
Where to Purchase Handmade, Sewn-to-Order Linen Bedding
The Garden Gates offers a wide selection of gorgeous, handmade-to-order linen bedding items, including:
- Duvet covers
- Pillowcases and shams
- Dust ruffles
- Guest towels
- Fabric yardage
- Curtain panels
Shop our selection today and add the beauty of linen fabric to your home!