The general term linen is commonly used when referring to textiles like bed linen or clothing. This article however is about the specific term linen which is a fabric woven from the flax plant and possesses quite some superior qualities when compared to cotton.
There’s no doubt that pure linen is usually more expensive than cotton but this is to be expected when you consider the costs involved in cultivating, processing and weaving the fibers of the flax plant. Flax, although cultivated in different parts of the world nowadays, is a plant native to Western Europe and to this day the highest quality linen is still considered to come from Ireland or Belgium. This is of course another factor why linen is rather unique and the fabric much sought after. Once you are hooked on the exquisite feel and other traits that linen has to offer, there seems to be no turning back.
From animal print crib bedding to just plain white, all designs of linen bedding are available on the market today. There are of course also various garments made out of linen or table coverings just to name some other linen items.
Be it bedding or clothing linen stands out because of its special qualities and durability. The fabric is not only anti-allergic but also perfect for keeping you cool in summer and likewise keeping the warmth from escaping in winter. You must try it out to believe it as this is impossible to describe in words.
The reason for linen’s durability and insulating effects is that the flax plant has hollow stalks which weigh more and are stronger than cotton. The result being that if you use a linen duvet cover any moisture your body looses during the night will be absorbed and released into the air. Cotton is not absorbent at all and therefore gets damp when it is exposed to moisture.
These are just some of the advantages a linen duvet cover holds over cotton and I invite you to try it out for yourself.