7 Common Misconceptions about Linen, Busted

At LinenMe we really know linen. The traditional methods we use to produce our linen textiles have been passed down through generations of this family business, and we know how to get the best out of the amazing flax plant and its wonderful fibres. But we also know that there are some myths and misconceptions about linen that can make choosing home textiles confusing.

Want to understand why it makes such a great choice for your household textiles? Here are 7 common misconceptions about linen, and the reasons why they’re wrong.

misconceptions about linen

1.It’s expensive

Sure, you can find plenty of pricey linen textiles out there. But it doesn’t have to cost more. Our business is primarily online, which means we can offer top quality linenwares at very reasonable prices. Our fabrics are cut to demand and can be made bespoke to your individual needs, so you get amazing value for money. Tailor-made, highest grade linens at a fraction of the cost of other bespoke tailoring services.

2.It’s wrinkly

linen fabric myths

Well, yes, this is partly true – but the natural crinkles are actually part of the charm of linen fabric. The wrinkles are something to celebrate, and mean that you can take linen pants with you on vacation without worrying about having to find an iron. They will look wrinkled, but intentionally so. If you really want to keep the fabric completely flat for a home sewing project you can cut linen on the bias and it won’t wrinkle. Linen is the ultimate in effortlessly stylish, easy, simplicity.

3.It’s difficult to care for

This couldn’t be more wrong! Our linen is machine washable and can be tumble dried. If you buy pre-shrunk garments there’s nothing to worry about, as long as you follow the manufacturer’s care instructions. Linen is hardwearing and durable, and in fact it gets softer and more supple with every wash. And because of the inherent crinkles (see above) there’s no need to bother about ironing.

4.It’s plain

coloured linen textiles - about linen

There is certainly a rustic charm to linen, but it’s so much more than that. Linen holds dye brilliantly, which means you can find linens in amazing colours and patterns, from bold citrus brights to subtle muted tones. We stock over 1000 different linen fabrics, so you can be sure to find the perfect fit for your home or your wardrobe.

5.It’s only for summer

Linen is a fabulous fabric for hot weather as it allows your skin to breathe, and wicks away moisture to keep you feeling dry and comfortable. But it’s also a great choice for winter too. Thanks to its temperature-regulating properties linen will keep you warm and cosy on chilly days, yet you’ll never overheat. Transition between seasons with linen throws and linen scarves to add texture and warmth without being too bulky.

6.The lower thread count means lower quality

Again, this is wrong, wrong wrong! Thread count is often used by cotton manufacturers and retailers as a mark of quality – the higher the thread count the better the quality. Yet this doesn’t apply to linen. The fibres in linen are thicker, which means there will naturally be fewer when compared to cotton. In fact, linen is not only better in terms of quality, durability and feel, it’s also better for the planet. In a contest, linen vs. cotton, linen wins hands down.

7.It’s not soft

soft linen bedlinen

There is a misconception that linen isn’t as soft as other fabrics. Whilst this may be true of poor quality, cheap linen, when you buy a garment from a reputable manufacturer who sources the best flax you’ll see for yourself just how deliciously soft linen can be. The fabric softens with each wash, so it gets snugglier with age.

If you’ve got any questions about linen – how to care for it, how to choose it and how to decorate your home with it – do get in touch. We can help you discover the many joys of this fabulous fabric.

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