Why pay more for a good linen sheet? I recently had a conversation with a friend about why some of the sheets we have in our online store are more expensive than other linen sheets.
Obviously it comes down to the old saying, you pay for what you get. Though sometimes it is hard to know exactly what it is you are getting.
So here’s some information on Linen which will shed some light on the difference between a really good linen sheet and a poor quality linen. Which will explain why some of the linen sheets and the linen duvet covers and other linen bedding we have costs more. And why it is worth paying the extra.
The Vida Stonewashed Linen which we sell is superior to other less expensive linens on the market because of the linen fibre. This linen is grown in Belgium which is regarded as the best quality in the world, closely followed by linen grown in France. Vida Stonewashed linen is then sent to Portugal, the home of luxury textiles, to be woven and finished. The Vida linen is dyed in one process, and stonewashed in another process to give the depth of colour and full bodied handle. Only the finest yarns have been used which have gone through an anti-pilling process and are pre-shrunk. These Linen Sheets and Duvet Covers are long lasting and they are the ultimate in comfort.
Linen is made from the fibres of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fibre is very absorbent and sheets made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather.
There are two varieties: shorter tow fibres used for coarser fabrics and longer line fibres used for finer fabrics. The expensive sheets usually use the longer line fibres.
Linen is relatively easy to take care of, since it resists dirt and stains, has no lint or pilling tendency, and can be dry-cleaned, machine-washed or steamed. It can withstand high temperatures, and has only moderate initial shrinkage.
Linen should not be dried too much by tumble drying, and it is much easier to iron when damp. Linen wrinkles very easily. Nevertheless, the tendency to wrinkle is often considered part of linen’s particular “charm”, and many linen sheets are designed to be air-dried and used without the necessity of ironing, such as the VIDA range.
A characteristic often associated with linen yarn is the presence of “slubs”, or small knots which occur randomly along its length. Slubs are traditionally considered to be defects, and are associated with low quality linen, although they do not compromise the integrity of the fabric. However, the very finest linen has very consistent diameter threads, with no slubs at all. And this linen is so much nicer to sleep on!
So a very good linen is smooth, cool to sleep on, and, it only gets better with age.