Finally, we can feel summer in the air here in NYC. It’s going to be 90 degrees today and although it’s a welcomed change, we immediately start to think about how to stay cool. Winter wool sweaters are sent to storage, because of course who has room for all seasons in their apartment, and out comes… Linen!

Linen is a textile made from fibers of the flax plants. The word linen is of West Germanic origin and cognate to the Latin name for the flax plant, linum, and the earlier Greek λινόν (linón).

The term “linens” is still often used to describe a group of woven materials for bed, bath, and tabletop traditionally made from linen. Linen textiles also appear to be some of the oldest in the world, dating all the way back to ancient Egypt where linen was not only used as currency but as material for mummification and burial shrouds. It was a symbol of light and purity, and a display of wealth.

In more modern times linen has become a go-to summer material for clothing, towels, sheets, drapery – you name it. The fabric feels cool to the touch, a phenomenon which indicates its higher conductivity (the same principle that makes metals feel "cold").

Flax is grown in many parts of the world, but top quality flax is primarily grown in Western European countries. In our opinion, Belgium is where it’s at! The quality of the finished product is dependent upon the laborious manufacturing process starting from growing conditions and harvesting techniques. This care and pride in product is very apparent when comparing finished samples.

If you’re looking to shop for top quality linen for interiors check out de Le Cuona or Souveraine for upholstery and drapery weight, and for bedding Matteo. All the way!

Stay Cool!