A LINEN LOVE AFFAIR
There are certain things that we all grow up with. Things that we see day in and day out without thinking much about them. Often they can impact our lives in many different ways but we don’t take notice of them because their constancy gives us no reason to.
This is as true in home decorating as in any other aspect of life – and if you were to ever take a step back and look at ones of these things, you would be sure to find something wonderful.
Given all of that, it’s not hard to imagine why most of us don’t know much about linen fabric. In fact, many of us likely don’t even know what it is. It was once so popular of a fabric that even now, well past the age of cotton and well into the era of artificial materials, all laundry is often referred to as linens.
When we look to sustainable fabric, natural linen is a beautiful choice. True linen is made from flax, a crop that requires very little fertilizer or pesticides, and uses a substantial amount less water and energy than the production of other fabrics.
Every part of the flax plant has value, creating nearly no waste. The linseeds, oils, and fibres are used in everything from food consumption to soap and paper.
Because of its porous nature, linen is extremely absorbent and breathable, making is a popular fabric to use for clothing or bedding in the summer. It achieves simple lines with textured edges that really call to a minimalist aesthetic.
The only downside of linen, I believe, is that as a fabric, it has little elasticity so it can wrinkle quite a bit. But despite this one drawback, linen remains every bit as popular and smart a choice for home decorating accessories as it was when it was first discovered all those centuries ago.
| Benefits |
Durability, linen is 30% stronger than cotton
Structurally sound fibre so products keep their shape
Environmentally friendly – the flax plant requires less water and chemicals to be cultivated.