No doubt about it: linen is our favourite fabric. It’s not for no reason that all our products are made of this fantastic material. But what makes linen so unique and wonderful? Why is the fabric ideal for bedding and what in particular characterises it? In the following, we address these questions and provide comprehensive information about the aspects that every true linen fan should definitely know.
How is linen fabric produced?
You may have seen the word “flax” used synonymously with linen. This is because the fabric is made from flax fibres. The fibres are obtained from the stalks of the flax plant, which are bast type fibres. Why? Quite simply, the fibres form bundles – unlike cotton fibres, for example. The stalks are harvested after a growth period of at least 68 days and then soaked, which separates the required fibres from the rest of the plant. Then the flax fibres go through a drying process and are finally woven into a fine fabric. While fabrics in which flax has been mixed with cotton are called half-linen and consist of at least 40% flax, you will only find products made of 100% linen (pure flax) at our shop.
History time: A short journey into the past
Linen is an extremely historical fabric, because we are actually dealing with the oldest textile fibre. According to current knowledge, the pharaohs in ancient Egypt already wore clothes made of flax and their mummies were traditionally wrapped in linen fabric. According to this, people appreciated flax fabrics as early as 6,000, perhaps even 7,000 years ago. Since then, the fabric made of flax has not disappeared from the scene. Especially in the Middle Ages, linen played a very central role in the textile industry. If you want to go to a medieval event in style today, you can hardly miss the chance to dress in clothes made of this period material.
When cotton gained popularity in the mid-19th century, it gradually replaced flax fibre, resolutely pushing it off the throne of the most widely used textile materials. But even cotton has not managed to completely displace the flax material. On the contrary: in recent years, a clear trend back to linen – “back to the roots” – can be noticed. So the story of linen is definitely not over yet.
Bed linen: Linen as the optimal fabric for bedding
We have, of course, not randomly but very consciously decided to use 100% linen for the production of our bedding. One reason for this is the wonderful lightness of the fabric, thanks to which it hugs the body comfortably without weighing it down, and also proves its worth in the hot summer months. The indescribably soft, delicate feel is the icing on the cake and ensures an all-round feel-good experience that can be enjoyed every night. In addition, the hypoallergenic properties of the material make our bedding the ideal choice for all allergy sufferers. But linen is not only soft and light, it is also extremely robust and long-living. With good care, bedding made of this fabric is by no means a fashion item that will only last for one season. Rather, you gain a reliable companion that you can enjoy for many years to come. This not only benefits you, but also the environment.
Linen and the right care
Which brings us to the topic of caring for linen: The fabric is basically easy to care for, but when washing and drying it, you should nevertheless pay attention to a few points so that the bedding neither loses its colour nor its quality and can actually serve you well for years, if not decades. In this article, you will learn how to optimally care for your linen products.
Advantages: Why we love linen
We don’t have to beat around the bush: there are quite simply a number of plus points that clearly speak for the flax material. We would like to summarise the most important and decisive advantages here:
- Soft, delicate feel
- Pleasant sensation on the skin
- Hypoallergenic quality
- Versatile use
- Easy care
- Robustness and longevity
- 100% natural material
- Resource-saving and environmentally friendly
Timeless allrounder of fabrics
If the history of linen proves one thing, it is that the fabric is a timeless material that has proven itself several times over the centuries and has inspired people since the beginning of time. The material is a true allrounder and can confidently be described as a real multitalent that enriches our everyday life, both in the past and in the present.