Trends - 10 things you don't know about linen
On haute couture podiums, in ready-to-wear or interior decoration stores, linen has imposed itself over the years to become the most trendy vegetable fiber. Synonymous with resistance, comfort and naturalness, this textile has many qualities that attract the greatest number. Where is he from ? How to maintain it? Why choose it? Carré Blanc reveals 10 things that you may not know about linen.
- Linen is a 100% natural textile
Linen is a plant whose textile fibers come from the rod. To be able to exploit them, they are subjected to several manufacturing stages (wheelchair, wave, combing, weaving, etc.) which make it possible to constitute a canvas of 100% vegetable and vegan fabric, intended for clothing or linen.
- Linen is the oldest textile in the world
The first fragments of textile linen were discovered in a cave in the Caucasus 36,000 years ago. Exported to Europe by the Egyptians 3000 years ago, the linen arouses new uses until the invention by Philippe de Girard of the mechanical spinning in 1810, which signed the beginning of the industrial revolution.
- Europe is the world's leading producer
Today, 85 % of flax worldwide is cultivated in Europe, mainly in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. This temperate and humid oceanic climate brings together all the assets to cultivate linen in a territory of 90,000 hectares, bringing together 75,000 farms dedicated to liniculture.
- Linen is ecological
Linen culture has a minimum environmental imprint. This plant does not require GMOs or irrigation, if not that of rainwater. During its growth, the plant even absorbs CO2 emitted in the atmosphere, thus helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Linen does not produce any waste
Durable and renewable, linen does not produce any waste during its operation. Each element of the plant is used and transformed to produce fabric, paper, oil or even potting soil. Unlike cotton or fibers of synthetic origin, linen is fully biodegradable.
- The linen is thermoregulator
Fresh in summer and insulating in winter, the linen ensures good regulation of body temperature, which makes it a textile suitable for bed linen. It evacuates perspiration and thus contributes to the well-being of the organism throughout the night to guarantee a restful sleep.
- Linen is easy to maintain
Noble and authentic material, linen is a solid product that is easily washed by hand or machine. It contains pectose which dissolves each contact from the water and gives it more flexibility. It is therefore unnecessary to iron it: washed flax softens with washing.
- Linen is hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial
Recommended for sensitive skin, linen is antiallergic and antibacterial. During sleep, he keeps the skin dry and thus promotes the fight against mites and bacteria. Comfortable and cozy, its contact with the skin has no health risk.
- Linen is a very resistant textile
Solid and durable, linen is the most solid natural fiber in the universe of textiles. His weaving gives him great resistance. Over time, flax cannot be deformed and does not plush. It retains its colors, its brilliance and its incomparable touch.
- 30% of linen is used for household linen
Flax fibers have different farms. The fashion sector consumes 60% of flax produced, compared to 30% for the interior furnishings sector. Finally, the remaining 10% is dedicated to the production of parts in natural materials, such as composite linen furniture.
Finally, it is good to remember that not all flax fibers are equal. This is the reason why Carré Blanc has chosen certified linen European Flax for the manufacture of its products. A label that guarantees the traceability of a premium quality linen fiber, cultivated in Europe and from an environmentally friendly agriculture. Go to store or on our site to discover our range of Washed linen bed linen dreams.