How would you like your bed linen to feel?
How your bed linen feels against your skin is usually the most important factor when choosing sheets for your bed. Some people know that they prefer the starched crisp cotton finish, or the unique feel of 100% linen. We are all different, and thank goodness for that, as it means we get to offer many different fabrics to make you all happy. Here we explain the differences between our lovely fabrics to help you choose your next set of bed linen.
Linen has very different qualities from cotton, and we could waffle on about it for hours. The first thing you will notice is that it is more expensive than cotton. There are two reasons for this:
1. Cotton is far more widely produced, making it less expensive
2. The spinning and weaving of linen is more labour intensive which adds to the manufacturing costs.
Linen is notoriously more prone to creasing, for example a linen shirt will crease more easily than a cotton shirt, however we think this is part of linen’s charm. It is a more relaxed look and we have spent many months working on the finish of our 100% linen collection to make it perfectly crumpled, soft and inviting.
Our linen has a vintage laundered finish. The flax that we use to make our linen is grown in Europe and finished and dyed in Portugal with the rest of our bed linen. One main feature is that much of our 100% linen is piece dyed, this means that the items are cut and hemmed before they are dyed and tumbled. This gives each piece an individual relaxed look and a heavenly feel. Dyeing in this way also creates a very slight irregularity in the colour, especially around the edges. This all adds to its charm and makes each piece look and feel like it’s been a favourite for years.
Linen is super absorbent and has much more texture to it than cotton. This is because the fibres are more chunky which also makes the weave more open. This open weave allows air to pass through the fabric keeping you cooler in warm weather and trapping heat to keep you warmer in the winter months. How clever!
The thread count of linen bedding is not important; it would be low compared to our cotton products because linen yarns are much thicker than cotton, so you can’t squeeze as many into a square inch as you can with cotton. Linen bedding is special; it’s not for those that like a crisp and perfectly ironed bed. It’s made for a relaxed bedroom, with no ironing needed. Looked after it will only get better with time.
If you haven’t tried 100% linen before, give a pillowcase a go and see what you think. It’s like nothing else and we're all queuing up to get some on our own beds.
Hemp is almost identical to linen in how it feels and even how it’s made, so much of what we have said about linen (above) is also applicable to hemp. It has a chunky weave, plenty of texture, is very absorbent and has a wonderfully relaxed look.
However, hemp is a bit of a super-star in the sustainability world so a fabulous choice if you are looking to make a conscious step towards eco-bedding. The hemp plant needs little to no irrigation and is also naturally resistant to pests and disease so can be grown without the spraying of any nasty chemicals.
So if you love linen and want to do that little bit more for the environment, why not try some of our 100% hemp bedding?