Rough Linen: Hand Sewn Linen Bedding

Store Profile

  • Location: Online
  • Specialty: Linen bedding handcrafted in Marin, California
  • Price range: ($$) Mid-Range
  • Website: roughlinen.com/index.html

Store History

  • Founded by: Tricia Rose
  • Headquarters: Marin, CA

My name is Tricia Rose. I found this homespun, hand sewn linen pillow slip while I was clearing my grandmother's cottage in Scotland. It was made by her great-grandmother, in 1840, and was in regular use for three generations. When it came to me I used it to store lavender. Years later, by good fortune, I found a natural linen with the same wonderful texture and feel, and I decided to make bedding in this simple, elemental tradition. I wanted the feeling of connection, appreciation of good materials and handiwork which is part of my heritage, as part of my everyday life . I hope you love it as I do. With care, it should last a hundred years.

Maxwell shined a spotlight on the Rough Linen Duvet Cover as yesterday's Daily Find, bringing my attention to Tricia Rose's hand sewn linen line. As a fan of handcrafted and sustainable products, I clicked over to the Rough Linen website and was delighted to discover the story behind the genesis of this line.

It all started when Tricia Rose found a hand sewn linen pillow slip while cleaning out her grandmother's cottage in Scotland. Dating back to 1840, this simple linen pillow slip had survived three generations and was still going strong. When she first took the slip home, Tricia used it for storing lavender. It wasn't until a few years later, when Tricia found a source for natural linen with the same simple qualities of that old pillow slip, that she decided to start making her own bedding.

Rough Linen offers five different fabric options: Orkney, a traditional homespun domestic European linen, White Orkney, the same as Orkney but bleached to achieve an off-white coloring, Smooth White, a double width pure Belgian linen sheeting, Smooth Natural, the same as Smooth White but undyed, and St. Barts, a middleweight linen.

In addition to bedding — which includes sheets, duvet covers, shams and more — Rough Linen also produces curtains and table linens.

(Images: Rough Linen)

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