Linen

Comfort, quality and design

LINEN

Comfort, quality and design

LINEN

Comfort, quality and design

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What type of bedding or duvet covers do you sleep with?

We spend an average of about 8 hours a night in bed 7 days a week. This accumulates and results in us spending about 1/3 of our life in bed. That means that at 90 you have slept about thirty years.

It is important to make the most of this time in bed and to rest and recover well. Good sleeping comfort has to do with many factors, but one important aspect is the bedding you sleep under. One fiber has different advantages than the other.

Do you get hot quickly or sweat at night? Then linen bedding is really something for you. Read below why and what are the advantages of linen sheets and duvet covers.

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Most people are unaware that they spend a large part of their lives sleeping under synthetic fabrics containing chemical residues. The advantage of bed linen is that you sleep in a purely natural and ecological way. So there are no harmful toxins around you. You go to bed in a clean bed every night. Good for you and good for nature.

How is linen made?

Linen is a natural fabric made from the linen plant. It is a thick, durable fabric that is quite difficult (and time-consuming) to make, but it is a strong and breathable material. Before cotton was introduced, it was widely spun for use in clothing and household materials. However, because making cotton requires less production, its use in the household has declined. But linen is now fully back! Not only in the form of bed linen, but also, for example, in pillows, kitchen towels, curtains, tablecloths, you name it.

What is so special about linen bed linen?

In short: linen is the most environmentally friendly textile in the world. During growth (100 days) the plant needs little water. The use of pesticides is not necessary. In addition, the entire plant is processed in linen, so there is no waste of materials. Compared to cotton, hardly any chemicals are needed to produce it and it is three times stronger than cotton and therefore lasts for years (and stays beautiful!).

The benefits of linen

The bedroom is the place where you can really relax. The more natural, the better. That’s why linen bedding is recommended. The soft 100% natural fabric feels wonderful and allows you to sleep better and deeper. In addition, it has further health benefits to enhance the pleasure of sleep.

Properties of linen

Linen is a lightweight, lint-free fabric and can absorb more moisture than cotton without dampening the fabric. Linen is three times stronger than cotton, so it will stay beautiful for years, no matter how often you wash it. Read more benefits of linen bedding below.

Ecological

Both cotton and linen have natural properties that are beneficial to your home. However, it is the linen fibres from linen that grow in an environment free of pesticides and irrigation. It also has the natural ability to prevent bacterial growth and is known to have health benefits that aid healing and recovery. It really is the definition of ecological.

Durable

When it comes to sustainability, you’re in the right place with a linen duvet cover. With a reputation as the world’s strongest natural fibre, it is twice as durable as cotton and can withstand the wear and tear of jumping toddlers and cuddly pets. As mentioned, the bedding is very environmentally friendly. The bedding is made from the linen plant: it requires no pesticides and nothing but rainwater. It is biodegradable, biodegradable, recyclable, so it is very suitable for people with sensitive or allergic skin.

It is biodegradable, biodegradable, recyclable, so it is very suitable for people with sensitive or allergic skin.

The best linen bedding is thermo-regulating, so you can sleep comfortably all year round. It keeps you cool in summer and cosy in winter. One of the biggest differences with cotton is its ability to adapt to different seasons. While cotton duvet covers may be seen as an excellent alternative for summer, linen duvet covers can respond well to any temperature, regardless of the season. This means that the fibres provide excellent insulation. to keep you nice, cosy and warm in winter and nice and cool in summer.

Moisture absorption

Linen duvet covers are super absorbent. This duvet cover can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. That’s why it’s so nice to sleep with sheets in summer. 5. Bed linen does not need ironing A linen duvet cover may feel a little rough at first, but it becomes softer and more comfortable with each wash. They are as easy to care for as cotton ones. And the naturally wrinkled look means you’ll never have to iron it. However, some see this as a disadvantage.

Hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial

Did you know that linen bed linen is hypoallergenic? Dust mites do not thrive in it. Of course, this is healthy for everyone, but it is very pleasant if you are sensitive to dust or if you suffer from allergies or asthma. The dermatologist usually advises children to sleep under natural sheets. Linen is a natural antiseptic. It is particularly resistant to bacteria and fungi. This makes the fabric very hygienic. It was already used by the Egyptians for its healing properties. Do you suffer quickly from skin rashes or eczema? Then a linen duvet cover could offer a solution. It has natural properties that repel dirt and dust. Because it is 100% natural, the fabric is not statically charged.

What are the disadvantages of linen duvet covers?

1. Bed linen may lose colour when it is washed for the first time.

Coloured clothes may bleed the first time during washing. So be sure to wash your new linen bedding separately the first time.

2. Prone to wrinkles

Another disadvantage mentioned is that it wrinkles faster or more. One thinks this gives the sheets a unique look, while the other is bothered by the wrinkles. Some adopt the natural wrinkled look and never iron. Others like a neater look and like to iron bed linen after every wash. Lucky for you… bed linen is very easy to iron! If you decide to iron, always iron your clothes when they are slightly damp. If the cloth is already dry, spray it lightly with distilled water.

3. Higher price than, for example, cotton.

Bed linen is relatively more expensive than, for example, cotton bed linen. The linen production process is much more environmentally friendly. Little water, no pesticides and the whole plant is processed into linen. Nothing is thrown away. The process is more labour-intensive, which is also the main reason why it is more expensive than cotton or other textiles.

What is the difference between cotton and linen bed linen?

While the right mattress can give you a pain-free night’s sleep, and the best sheets will keep you perfectly comfortable during that sleep, a duvet cover does double duty: protecting your duvet and adding a design element to your bed and bedroom. The duvet covers are available in various colours, sizes and thicknesses. Cotton and linen duvet covers are two great examples, which are often compared. Are you also hesitating between cotton and linen? Below you will find the main differences.

Thickness

One of the visible differences between cotton and linen is the texture. Linen is the coarser of the two, while cotton is tightly woven to create a softer, flatter finish. While both are aesthetically pleasing, cotton has a one-dimensional finish as opposed to the thick, layered texture of linen created by the hollow core of the flax fibre.

Weight

Did you know that the quality of linen is often measured by weight, not thread count? The fine cotton threads facilitate weaving, producing a higher thread count and a much flatter sheet. However, unlike cotton, it has a coarser texture and is much more difficult to weave, producing a heavier, more luxurious style of bedding.

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The temperate European climate provides the ideal alternation of sun and rain for a large, strong linen plant. Because the longer and stronger the fibre, the better the quality of the linen. More than 75% of the linen fibres used worldwide to weave linen fabrics come from France, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands. Even today, the best linen craftsmen can still be found in Western Europe. Transforming linen into quality linen is an art. But when is linen quality? What should you pay attention to when choosing the right linen bed linen?

1. Check the weight of the linen fabric.

To find out more about the thickness of the fabric, we look at the g/m2 of the fabrics. G/m2 represents the weight per square metre of fabric and says something about the density at which the fabric is woven.
Basically we can divide fabrics into three weight classes. Of course, you can divide them further, but in this article we divide them into three weight classes:

  • Thin/light fabrics up to 190 g/m2
  • Medium-weight fabrics weighing between 200 g/m2 and 230 g/m2
  • Heavyweight fabrics over 230 g/m2

The higher the grammage number, the denser the fabric will be and the stronger it will feel, but it is not necessarily the case that all fabrics over 230 g/m2 are heavy and thick. It also has to do with the composition of the substance. For example, there are 265 g/m2 fabrics that feel lighter/flexible than a 230 g/m2 fabric with a cotton satin composition.

2. What fibre is used, how is the fabric woven, how is the fabric finished?

To find out whether a substance belongs to the light, medium or heavy tissues, we have to dive a little deeper into density. The factors that determine the weight and therefore the density of the fabric are the type of weave used, the fibre used and the finish/quality of the fabric.

Type of fibre

The density is determined by the fibres used during manufacture. For example, it is much lighter than cotton. As a result, a linen fabric can be woven with a high density, but still feels lighter and airier because this is a specific property of linen.

Fabric type

Linen is a strong fibre. Its woody and naturally rather stiff structure means that expert knowledge of the material is necessary to weave a high quality fabric. A high quality fabric can last for years and has a high abrasion resistance.

Fabric finish/quality

Sometimes some starch is added to the product during the process, this gives more strength to the fabric and therefore the weight is higher. However, the starch will usually disappear after a first wash.
The quality of the fabric plays an important role. All the fabrics you will find at Pirilana have been thoroughly tested and meet the highest quality standards.

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