There’s no question that pure linen will give any room an air of charismatic charm and unless you get into bed like you are sliding yourself into a crisp white envelope and lay absolutely still all night, your bedding is going to look crumpled by the morning. So why not choose a fabric with a texture and appeal that will only get more beautiful the more crinkled it becomes? Effortless, natural and elegant – soft linen is also one of the most durable fabrics you could choose! While cotton can last around 5 years, good quality linen will easily last a good 20 years or more!
But looks and even durability aren’t everything, after all, you don’t want to be stuck with bedding that’s not super soft and comfortable and here at Comfy Zen, comfort is paramount! However, 100% pure linen not only looks beautiful but it feels incredibly soft, light and airy to sleep in too! High-quality 100% pure linen bedding is made from only the longest fibers of the Flax plant so the finished fabric is not only durable and strong but it’s super soft next to your skin!
Ultra modern in appearance, linen is perfect for that minimalist look but it is an ancient fabric dating back thousands of years. In the Bible, seven angels were said to have worn clean white linen and the Book of Proverbs describes how the wife of a noble character, “makes coverings for her bed” and “is clothed in fine linen”. Today it’s regarded as the utmost in luxury and is adored by fashion houses and interior designers alike.
The photo, above right, shows the Washed Linen Coal Queen Duvet Cover by Levtex available in the US. To view, click the photo. The photo, below left, is from the John Lewis collection available in the UK. Click photo to view.
Although linen has a reputation for luxury with a high price tag to match, it is by no means overhyped. Flax grows more easily in the moist soil of cooler climates such as those in Western Europe and unlike mass produced cotton which is easily processed and grows in abundance in the hotter climes of India and China, the production process of linen requires a little time and patience. Firstly, the whole flax plant must be pulled from the soil in order to preserve the full length of the fibers which extend all the way down to the root. The plant must then be left in the field to partially break down and be softened by the sun, rain, and soil before being gathered rolled into bales and stored for a further few months in order continue the softening process. Only then can the cellulose fibers be scutched and separated from the stem.
And here is the clever bit!
The reason why you might have seen beautiful rustic textured 100% pure linen in other products such as upholstery but the thought of sleeping up close to it doesn’t seem like a good idea, is because not all linen fabrics are produced in the same way! Once the fibers of the plant have been separated, they are divided into thicknesses and lengths. Only the longest finest fibers are used for bedding and they are “wet” spun, This makes the yarn soft, smooth and shiny while the shorter thicker fibers are “dry” or “semi-dry” spun resulting in a coarser, more textured and heavy duty yarn and this is the yarn that is used to make the linen you will have seen in upholstery, rough-textured cushion covers or drapes.
So as we can see even before the yarn can be graded and woven into the beautiful soft fabric used to make your bedding, the time-consuming nature of the production process prohibits it from being able to be a cheaply mass-produced material. But linen’s inherent good qualities, high-end look, and longevity make it well worth the additional cost which is still comparable to organic cotton!
Kind to the Planet and to Your Skin
Linen requires very little in the way of recourses to be produced – making it one of the most eco-friendly fabrics available. Flax grows easily in cooler damper climates and requires little water. Not only that but unlike cotton, for example, which uses up 25% of all the pesticides used in the US, even non-organically grown flax requires few pesticides – fewer than an ordinary potato! Furthermore, no harsh or toxic chemicals are needed in order to extract the flax plant fibers and there is no waste. Linen is also, needless to say, completely biodegradable and recyclable.
How Does Linen Compare to Cotton or Other Fabrics?
Firstly, if it is important to you that your bedding is as natural and as eco-friendly as possible – kind to you, your home and our planet – then you should consider either organic cotton or pure linen. Other fabrics even those touted as being natural like bamboo are heavily processed using harsh, toxic chemicals in order to extract the tough cellulose fibers from the plant.
There are many similarities between organic cotton and pure linen. Both are 100% natural, kind to the planet and to your skin, they are cool to the touch, durable and strong and they each get softer with every wash. However, linen has some important advantages over cotton.
Firstly while cotton tends to draw out moisture from your skin and retain it where it can potentially hang around and create a breeding ground for bacteria, linen dries much faster than cotton and is naturally hypo-allergenic, keeping you more comfortable throughout the night. Due to its naturally more open weave, linen is also more breathable, has a lighter feel to sleep in than cotton and is cooler to the touch.
Of course, the effortless style and beautiful appearance of pure linen are unquestionable but there is an underlying reason for this too! Cotton has a higher elasticity so wrinkles are less likely to form, however, low elasticity doesn’t mean linen is a poorer quality fabric than cotton, and linen’s proven strength, softness, and longevity are a testimony to this. What’s more, because the small wrinkles and creases only increase its soft, beautiful luxurious look, what better fabric could you choose for your bedding than 100% pure linen?
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