A material with ancestral origins
© AM PM / Hemp Color Woven since Antiquity, some say that 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 is used for making clothing , boat sails, ropes. But that's not all ! It is no coincidence that the mummies found by archaeologists are so well preserved . A symbol of purity and light, linen was used to surround them to ensure optimal preservation. Long and silky fiber, it has the particular advantage of being rot . With it, you can say goodbye to insects! Little by little, his know-how was exported to Greece, then finally reached western Europe. But it was only in the 12th century that the linen industry really established its reputation. Indeed, a weaver from Cambrai is developing a new weaving process, of rare finesse, which will give French linen its notoriety. Until the 18th century, people flocked from all over the world to France and Flanders in order to succumb to the delicacy of these beautiful fabrics. Precious material, there are as many cashmere qualities of linen , at all prices. In the last century, it is with many new functions that flax resumes service. In addition to its beautiful textile qualities, we now use its fiber in the automotive industry, ecological construction or the hulls of certain kayaks.
© Line Kay for Hale Mercantile Co / Howard Hotel via Remodelista Today, linen is mainly grown in western Europe (France, Belgium and the Netherlands ). At a time when we are wondering about the future of our planet, the cultivation of flax requires no fertilizers or chemicals. It is a healthy and ecological culture. Only the rain is enough for its growth!
A fiber with multiple advantages
© H&M Home / Broste Copenhagen - Caravan If linen is so much appreciated, it is also thanks to its multiple virtues which make it an essential fabric. First of all, we appreciate it for its extraordinary resistance . Unlike cotton, linen does not deform and does not fluff. In addition, it has the advantage of being hypoallergenic . Soft and natural, it does not irritate the skin and prevents dermatological conditions. Cherry on the cake, the fabric softens over the washes ! It can therefore easily be used for laundry for toddlers. She also has a thermoregulatory power : it gives a refreshing feeling in summer, and heats the coldest in winter. Finally, contrary to appearances, linen is a fabric very absorbent . Indeed, it can store almost 20% of water without appearing wet! And if we tell you that in addition it dries very quickly ? Combined with other textile fibers, flax also has many advantages. Mixed with wool or cashmere , impossible to shiver! It is the companion of the harshest winters. In combination with polyamide or viscose , it becomes smoother and creases less.
A trendy fabric in my interior
© Ferm Living / Magic Linen With its authentic fiber, linen provides unparalleled color rendering . And that, manufacturers have understood: they now offer a large colorful palette for all tastes. Exit white linen with too classic allure, make way for the brilliance of colors! In 2018, linen is available to everyone, and throughout the home. We especially like washed linen, flexible and comfortable . As the 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 sheets . It is also for these qualities that we choose it as a kitchen towel : for a rustic look with a practical spirit. In the dining room, he sits proudly in the center of the table: table runner, tablecloth, napkins… He knows how to bring chic and subtlety to your meals, and turns out to be a pair of choice for your ceramic dishes. In the living room, it takes on its most beautiful colors for the plaids and cushions on the sofa. With him, the atmosphere is charged with romanticism and authenticity. But it’s also bright when it’s done lampshade : light then sublimates the poetry of its fiber through a game of transparency. In the bedroom, her fallen noble and heavy 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 him, the temperature always seems ideal, not to mention his great sweetness . Nothing like waking up in fresh, cozy sheets! And to extend the experience, why not opt for a matching headboard?
Not so complicated maintenance
© Linen Me / murlifestyle.com 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 successfully developed new linen stitches, more flexible and regular . With that, the ironing chore is now only a bad memory. And if you still hesitate to fall for this magnificent beige linen sofa, don't panic: maintenance is not that complicated ! The right reflex to adopt: we think to slightly dampen the laundry before ironing . And if we freed ourselves from this stage to let our laundry live? For a bohemian look, nothing like a pretty slightly crumpled linen fabric! For washing, nothing complicated! Even though linen can (in theory) withstand very high temperatures, we advise to wash it rather between 40 ° C and 60 ° C. Regarding laundry, we choose a gentle product suitable for delicate textiles , without detergent or chlorine. To wash it, we opt for a delicate cycle , associated with a short spinning . When leaving the washing machine, the Drying in the open air is the most suitable, but avoiding direct sun. Child's play, isn't it? With all these qualities, linen never ceases to surprise us. Noble by its quality, its natural side and falsely wise makes us the eye ... How to resist it?