Frequently referred to as Europe’s best quality fabric, linen is a natural fiber made from the flax plant which grows in Lithuania, as well as in a few other European countries.
Approximately 8,000 years ago, linen was the first organic fiber used to weave into a fabric. The early Mediterranean civilizations where the first ones to start using linen; later on it was picked by early Europeans and reached the peak of its popularity during the medieval times.
Because of its healthy properties, Europeans used linen to make sheets. Linen is also a very durable fabric – if properly taken care of, it can be passed on from one generation to another as heirloom.
Indeed, linen has many wonderful qualities. Did you know that linen is 20% stronger when it’s wet and is twice as strong as cotton, and three times as strong as wool?
Nowadays, due to time-consuming and laborious manual processes involved in its production, linen has become a highly priced fabric, often referred to as ‘luxury’.
100% natural European linen
European linen means that it is both grown and woven in Europe. Most of our linen comes from Lithuania (EU) and surrounding European countries, and is entirely made from the natural fibers of the flax plant.
Eco-friendly and healthy
Iconic Linen fabrics are OEKO-Tex certified. Linen is known for its anti-allergenic and anti-bacterial qualities. Many recent studies showed that linen improves sleep, stimulates blood flow and improves relaxation.
Linen creases are in-style
When you wear Linen, ironing becomes optional. Many of our customers love creases on their linen clothes, while a relaxed look of the stone-washed linen bedding is one of the must-haves of a modern and stylish bedroom interior design.
Linen gets softer with every wash and continues to soften over time. It is also a very breathable fabric, able to regulate the body’s temperature – so you can feel warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Linen is made from the flax plant, every part of which has traditionally been used to create a useful product such as linseed oil, so nothing got wasted.
Linen is fully biodegradable. It is also a renewable resource, and it needs no irrigation. Finally, linen fabric is environmentally-friendly as it needs less chemicals and water to manufacture.