Linen is a textile made from the flax plant. Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world. The use of linen can be verified by bits of straw, seeds, fibre, yarn and various types of fabrics which have been discovered in Swiss lake dwellings around 8000 BC. Dyed flax fibre found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000 BP. The ancient Egyptians wore linen. The Phoenicians introduced flax growing to Ireland – the start of Irish Linen!

We use British linen to blend with our British Alpaca for upholstery fabrics and drapes. Linen has poor elasticity and does not spring back readily – the crimp in the Alpaca helps linen to maintain a structure to the cloth.

Why Linen?

Linen fabrics...

  • are crisp and cool to the touch
  • are smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free
  • gets softer the more it is washed
  • have a high natural lustre
  • the natural colour ranges between shades of ivory, ecru, tan, or grey – match the natural colours of alpaca
  • are very durable and strong it (in fact they are stronger wet rather than dry)
  • do not stretch and are resistant to damage from abrasion
  • resists dirt and stains,
  • have no lint or pilling tendency