A superb fabric with many properties, linen never ceases to seduce decoration enthusiasts. Linens, baskets or decorative objects, will you succumb to it?
A favorite piece of the wardrobe appreciated for its unique fit, linen still seems to have some cards to play in our interiors. With its natural charm, it rushes in the wake of a return to authenticity marked by a growing craze for crafts.
Stemming from ancestral know-how and improved by today’s technological innovations, it is now adopted in all rooms of the house. Bed set, tablecloth, bath towel, cushion cover, or lampshade … Today there is linen for all tastes. But if its fiber is trendy in furniture, it also has many virtues, in addition to being ecological! The deco.fr editorial team tells you all about this soft and timeless material that never ceases to amaze.
A material with ancestral origins
Woven since ancient times, some say it is the oldest textile in the world. From the herbaceous plant of the same name, flax is a natural and unique fabric. From the time of ancient Egypt, it was used for making clothes, boat sails, ropes. But that’s not all! It is no coincidence that the mummies found by archaeologists are so well preserved. Symbol of purity and light, linen was used to surround them to ensure optimal conservation.
Long and silky fiber, it has the particular advantage of being rot-proof. With it, we can say goodbye to insects! One thing led to another, its know-how was exported to Greece, then finally reached western Europe. But it was only in the 12th century that the flax industry really established its reputation. Indeed, a weaver from Cambrai is developing a new weaving process, of a rare finesse, which will give French linen its great notoriety.
Until the 18th century, people flocked from all over the world to France and Flanders in order to succumb to the finesse of these beautiful fabrics. A precious material, as with cashmere, there are many qualities of linen, at all prices. In the last century, it is with new functions that flax is back in service. In addition to its beautiful textile qualities, its fiber is now used in the automotive industry, ecological construction, or the hulls of certain kayaks.
Today, flax is mainly cultivated in Western Europe ( France, Belgium, and the Netherlands ). At a time when we are wondering about the future of our planet, the culture of flax does not require any fertilizers or chemicals. It is a healthy and ecological culture. Only rain is enough for its growth!
A fiber with multiple advantages
If linen is so appreciated, it is also thanks to its multiple virtues which make it an essential fabric. First of all, we appreciate it for its exceptional resistance. Unlike cotton, linen canvas does not warp or lint. In addition, it has the advantage of being hypoallergenic. Soft and natural, it does not irritate the skin and prevents dermatological conditions.
Best of all, the fabric softens over the washings! It can therefore easily be used for the laundry of toddlers. It also has thermoregulatory power: it gives a refreshing sensation in summer and warms the most chilly in winter. Finally, contrary to appearances, linen is a very absorbent fabric. Indeed, it can store nearly 20% of water without appearing wet! What if we tell you that in addition, it dries very quickly? Combined with other textile fibers, linen also has many advantages.
Mixed with wool or cashmere, impossible to shiver! It makes itself the companion of the harshest winters. In combination with polyamide or viscose, it becomes smoother and creases less.
A trendy fabric in my interior
With its authentic fiber, linen provides unparalleled color rendering. And this, the manufacturers have understood: they now offer a wide range of colors for all tastes. Exit white linen with a too classic look, make way for the radiance of colors! In 2018, linen is available for everyone, and throughout the house. We particularly like washed linen, flexible and comfortable.
As its name suggests, it is a fabric that is washed many times before it is marketed. He, therefore, holds the palm of sweetness! All this without compromising its look, which remains natural and slightly wavy. Very absorbent, we find it in the bathroom in the form of light and pleasant bath towels. It is also for these qualities that it is chosen as a kitchen towel: for a rustic look with a practical spirit. In the dining room, it sits proudly in the center of the table: table runner, tablecloth, napkins… It knows how to bring chic and subtlety to your meals, and turns out to be a perfect pair for your ceramic tableware.
In the living room, it takes on its most beautiful colors for the plaids and cushions of the sofa. With him, the atmosphere is loaded with romance and authenticity. But it is also luminous when it becomes a shade: the light then sublimates the poetry of its fiber by a play of transparency. In the bedroom, his noble and heavy fall makes it a material of choice for pretty refined curtains and in tune with the times. But where it excels is in its role as bed linen, thanks to its thermoregulatory properties. With it, the temperature always seems ideal, not to mention its great softness. Nothing like waking up to fresh, cozy sheets! And to extend the experience, why not opt for a matching headboard?
An interview not so complicated
Do you have your grandmother’s rough old linen sheets in mind? Rest assured, that time is over! After several years of research, manufacturers have succeeded in developing new linen knits, which are more flexible and regular. With that, the ironing chore is now just a bad memory. And if you still hesitate to fall for this magnificent beige linen sofa, do not panic: maintenance is not that complicated!
The right reflex to adopt: remember to slightly dampen the laundry before ironing it. What if we freed ourselves from this step to let our laundry live? For a bohemian look, nothing like a pretty, slightly crumpled linen fabric! For washing, nothing complicated! While flax can (in theory) support very high temperatures, it is advisable to wash rather between 40°C and 60°C. Regarding laundry, choose a soft product suitable for delicate textiles, without detergent or chlorine.
To wash it, we opt for a delicate cycle, associated with a short spin. When leaving the washing machine, drying in the open-air remains the most suitable, while avoiding direct sunlight. Child’s play, isn’t it? With all these qualities, linen never ceases to surprise us. Noble by its quality, its natural and deceptively wise side makes us look … How can we resist it?
Linen is a trendy material that dresses our interiors and more often than not, it’s the fabric of choice for those who prefer to decorate with an airy and light touch. But linen isn’t just about style – there are so many other reasons why this textile has become such a favorite. Here’s what you need to know about linen if you’re considering using it in your interior design project! Which tip you loved the most, do tell us in the comments below!