I confess — I'm head over heels for all things linen! Be it lampshades, curtains, or slipcovers, I'll take it in any form. Simply put, there is no comparison to the nubby texture, yet soft and supple feel of linen.
Linen is a textile made from the long fibers of the flax plant. These fibers are found behind the bark of the stem of the plant, Linum usitatissimum
. In order to retrieve the fibers, the stem and pectin (which hold the fibers together), have to be rotted away. Although flax is not a difficult plant to grow, the process for separating the delicate fibers is labor intensive and remarkably, often still done by hand. This means higher priced thread or yarn, which results in the pricier cost of items made using this material. But rest assured, the often exorbitant price tag is worth it
. Textiles made of linen absorb moisture and have lower elasticity. They become softer with daily use and washings, yet should stand the test of time.
I'll have to make do with my simple linen curtains and kitchen textiles. But in my dream world, I'll be sleeping on linen sheets — I hear they are hands-down, the finest!
Linen draped sofa - Domino
magazine via Desire to Inspire
Nailhead linen curtains - Making it Lovely
Linen upholstered chairs, ottoman, and curtains - Kimberly Seldon Design Group
Belgian linen loose fit slipcovers - Bemz
Linen chairs - Eric Roth via Elle Decor
Roman linen shade and upholstered linen settee - Country Living
via Apartment Therapy: San Francisco
Chair and ottoman custom slipcovered in Luxury Linen by Todo Es. - Apartment Therapy: Chicago
Vintage French Style Pink Linen Couch - The Bella Cottage via Lovely Clusters
Printed number DIY chair upholstered in french linen fabric - Design Sponge
Heavy linen curtain - Apartment Therapy: San Francisco
Couch covered in heavy weight linen from three sheets 2 the wind
- Design Sponge
Linen curtains - Apartment Therapy: Chicago
Images: as linked above.