It's no secret that we adore linen – clean and crisp; this natural wonder-fabric evokes unassuming comfort and fresh homespun vibes. It's by far our favourite textile!
Linen is one of the oldest fabrics in the world. Britannica Encyclopaedia notes that evidence of its use has been found in Switzerland's prehistoric lake dwellings, and fine linens have even been found in ancient Egyptian tombs!
It's hardly surprising that this all-rounder fabric has withstood the test of time for so long – linen is a seriously smart textile that's earned its place in millions of homes worldwide. There are so many incredible benefits to this unique fabric that we couldn't possibly list them all, so we've narrowed down our top ten reasons to love linen.
Linen has a far lower environmental impact than other textiles, such as cotton. It's made from the stalks of flax plants, which require less harmful fertilizers and can thrive in even poor-quality soil, meaning the process is less water-intensive and produces very little waste. That, combined with the resulting fabric's long-lasting nature, makes linen the ultimate sustainable textile.
Linen is unique in that it becomes stronger (and yet somehow softer!) with every wash, making it ultra-hard-wearing and long-lasting. The toughest of all natural fibres, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more durable fabric. When cared for properly, quality linen textiles can last you for decades, making them an excellent investment and giving you serious bang for your buck.
3) ADAPTABLE COMFORT
It's a versatile, breathable and heat-regulating fabric that's lightweight enough to keep you cool in the summer but robust enough to keep you cosy and warm in the winter, making it the perfect choice for year-round comfort.
4) NATURALLY HYPOALLERGENIC
The unique filtering properties and production methods of flax linen make this a naturally hypoallergenic fabric, and linen bedding is often considered the ideal choice for allergy sufferers.
5) ANTIBACTERIAL & INSECT REPELLING
Linen has been shown to slow the growth of bacteria, and the distinct moisture-absorbing and ultra-fast drying nature of the fabric inhibits unpleasant odours; this is also thought to help repel insects. Bad news for bedbugs!
6) LUXURIOUSLY COMFORTABLE
Although linen may initially feel a little rough to the uninitiated, it'll feel softer with each wash. The microscopic breaks in the fabric subtly massage the skin and stimulate blood flow! The sheer bliss of sinking into fresh linen bed sheets after a long day must be experienced to be believed.
Many people don't realize that linen is biodegradable and compostable if disposed of properly, making it an excellent eco-friendly choice.
8) EASY TO KEEP CLEAN
Linen has unique anti-static characteristics, making it more resistant to dust and stains than other types of fabrics.
9) SKIN BENEFITS
All those magical antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties do wonders for even the most sensitive skin. The breathable fabric allows for optimal moisture circulation and can help calm skin conditions.
10) STYLISH…. WITHOUT EVEN TRYING!
Linen is the ultimate in low-key chic. Skip the ironing – we think it looks best in its natural state, rustic simplicity at its finest.
Ready to experience the benefits of this incredible fabric for yourself? Check out our selection of fine linens here. Go ahead and treat yourself today - you won't look back.