At Material World, we have always loved our linen curtains. At the moment they are more popular than ever and for a few good reasons!
Natural & Non-Allergenic
Linen is made from the flax plant and is a natural fibre rather than man made like many polyester curtains these days. The flax plant produces no waste and has a range of by-products from linseed oil to flax seeds and paper pulp and linen actually uses less resources to produce than many other fibres so it is great for the environment.
As linen is non-allergenic, linen curtains are a great choice for asthma and allergy sufferers. In days gone by, linen bandages were a go to choice for dressing wounds thanks to it’s anti-bacterial properties as well.
Linen curtains make for a great window barrier to help control temperature. Thanks to it’s natural weave it is thermoregulating – that is it will keep you cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
Timeless and Elegant
While linens have been used for thousands of years, they are as modern and in demand as ever. They can be incredibly long lasting if cared for correctly (when the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened, the linen curtains were still intact). Linens are a great way to add a touch of class to any room and whilst there are many man made fabrics that attempt to replicate it, you just can’t beat the natural slubby look and smooth feel of linen.
Linen is one of the few fabrics out there that will continue to get softer each time it is washed.
Whats the catch?
There’s a few reasons we don’t use linens everywhere (although linen does make for great bedding and upholstery fabrics as well!). The main reasons we would recommend caution and the right advice when using linen fabrics are:
- Linen curtains can move! Linens can hold around 20% of their weight in water and will often move by up to 3% – we have seen curtains move by up to 10cm literally overnight before so we always recommend a puddling drape when using linens to avoid this issue.
- Linen curtains can be more expensive. This is a common belief out there but we have recently seen the introduction of much lower cost linen fabrics that start from well under $100 per meter.
- Linen curtains need to be protected from the sun. The hot Australian sun can be tough on any fabric, but we would always recommend lining your linen curtains where possible to ensure you maximise their life span.