Linen has been one of our most popular fabrics for over a decade. We offer a few varieties of Linens all of which make classic and luxurious custom drapes. Which is the right Linen Fabric for you drapes and you home? Let’s first discuss a little about what linen is, how it is made and little history of this fabric.
Linen is actually harvested from the Flax Plant and dates back to ancient Egypt as early as the 4th Century BC. Originally Flax was boiled and woven into Linen fabric which was used extensively for tunics, gowns and even wrapping of the bodies of the deceased. Later when the milling and production processes improved so that Linen could be woven into longer lengths it was used to create decorative draperies for the Ancient Kings and Pharaohs. When King Tut’s Tomb was discovered and opened, they found linen drapes still hanging where they had been for centuries.
Later Linen production moved to Europe where the process was further improved and the fabrics were used for clothing, upholstery and even for the insulation of homes.
Linen is a great choice for custom drapery and Roman Shades as it is heavy, well-insulating and comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. It is also typically, more economical for drapery when compared to other types of fabrics like silk.
At DrapeStyle we offer a few varieties of Linen for our drapery. Our Classic Linen is a well-made heavy-weight Linen that is imported form Europe. We love to create different drapery styles with Linen such as our Bordered Linen, Banded Linen and Hotel Drape in Linen. Our Classic Linen is available in a variety of solid colors.
Our Patterned Linen is the some Linen Fabric as our Solid Classic Linen and comes in both traditional and contemporary patterns including the popular Ikat and Chevron Patterns.
Our Estate Linen is a heavier weight and softer woven linen that makes incredible custom drapes. Our Estate Linen is also known as Bristol Linen and it has a much wider and looser weave. I would suggest ordering samples of both the Classic Linen and the Estate Linen and you can easily see the difference in the weave of the fabrics.
This year we introduced our Manhattan Linen Collection. Our Manhattan Linens are a blend of Linen and Polyester and make amazing drapes. The primary benefit of blending some Polyester into the Linen Weave is to reduce the amount of wrinkle that you will get from 100% Linen. If we get any comments and concerns about Linen it is that it wrinkles easily and will usually need to be steamed to release the wrinkles. The blending of the Polyester significantly reduces the amount of wrinkles and also makes it much easier to remove any wrinkles that may exist.
Finally we offer our Sheer Linen Collection. Like the name implies, our Sheer Linens are extremely lightweight (they can easily be seen through) and are very similar to gauze in weave and texture. Our Sheer Linens are the perfect fabrics for those casual bungalow drapery panels. When you think of Sheer Linens just think of Coastal Living Magazine, relaxed and casual.
Please feel free to call one of our Designers to answer any questions that you may have about our linen fabrics and custom linen drapes.