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From Flax to Finish

 

 As one of the oldest agricultural products in the world, linen has been a pervasive piece in the shaping of the textile industry and influencing cultures worldwide.

A RICH AND TENURED HISTORY

Cultivated from the flax plant, a hearty annual, linen is ready to be harvested when the stem begins to turn yellow and the seeds turn brown.  The best quality fibers run the length of the stalk into the roots; so, to harvest these ideal fibers, the flax plant is pulled up by the root by hand because machine harvesting is still unable to preserve the root system.  Not only does this allow for the strongest fibers, but also, by doing this farmers prevent the plant sap from leaking out of the cut stalk, a process which dries out the fibers and ultimately results in poorer-quality fabric.  Personal attention, care and quality are at the pinnacle of processing linen. 

Linen has appeared in the history of such places as Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, Ireland and even colonial America. The best source for flax currently is Northern France due to a natural, damp ocean climate, flax’s low thermal density, a rich soil and the experience of flax growers in Normandy. The best production is regarded to Italian weavers, which is why Home Treasures sources all its linen from these areas.

    

OUR COMMITMENT TO TRADITION

Today, we continue to see linen articles throughout the various parts of our homes. While in the US, linen's popularity in bedding has waned relative to cotton since the introduction of the cotton gin in 1794, many in recent years are returning to linen as their fabric of choice for the bedroom. Whether you are opting for linen as your choice of fabric for sheeting, for shams and duvet covers or for quilted coverlets, Home Treasures collection of solid and jacquard linen fabrics are available for your customization. 

If you haven't had the opportunity to sleep in linen, there is no better time for this treasured fabric than during the dog days of summer, as we transition our homes to survive the hottest month of the year. Our Provenza sheeting and Pylos bed covers are perfect base layers to create a temperature controlled sleep, while our Mallorca, Zebra and Torino collections add the decorative layers needed to create your personal summer escape in the comfort of your favorite space.

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