Linen: Ancient, Valuable, and Multi-Purpose
Linen has a long and nation-spanning history. One of the most valuable textiles in history, linen is created from the fibers of the flax plant. While it is difficult and time-consuming to create, it is also one of the strongest and longest-lasting fabrics known to man. When the tomb of Pharoah Ramses the Second was discovered in 1881, the linen wrappings on his mummified body were perfectly preserved, having barely deteriorated over the three thousand years since his death in 1213 B.C. Likewise, when the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened, the linen curtains within were found intact and undamaged.
Linen is stronger wet than when dry, and is unique for being the only non-synthetic cloth that is thermo-regulating, that is, cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Linen is proven to be twice as durable as cotton and three times more durable than wool. Any 100% linen product you purchase has a good chance of outliving you!
Well Worth the Price
Due to the amount of time and effort required in its manufacture, linen today is quite expensive, but it is still used to make clothing for adults and children, bed and cot sheets, wallpaper, curtains and drapes, and assorted goods such as luggage and art canvases, as well as many other products.
You may be wondering why it would be worthwhile to purchase, for example, cot sheets of linen. Consider this: due to the fabric's natural strength and durability, it's likely that the linen cot sheets you purchase for your child will be passed on to your grandchildren, their children, and so on, as long as the cot sheets are properly cared for. Can you imagine, generations from now, your great-great-grandchildren sleeping on the same cot sheets you slumbered on as an infant? In today's fast-paced world, an heirloom like that is worth millions.. never mind the few hundred dollars it may cost for cot sheets and the rest of the nursery set in linen.
Consider, also, the increased comfort of the fortunate child who sleeps on those cot sheets. Bedclothes often become a nuisance and a bother during the summer months, when nights can get smotheringly hot and anything more than a sheet feels sweltering. Imagine if you had cool linen cot sheets to sleep on during those hundred-and-ten degree nights. Conversely, linen is also great for retaining body heat in the winter, as it is capable of adjusting itself to one's body heat; a single set of linen cot sheets could do year-round, without wearing to pieces in the wash - in fact, linen tends to get softer the more often it is washed.
Distinctive, Distinguished, and Delightful
Although it is pricey, its heirloom quality and distinctive appearance give linen a continued popularity in elegant homes around the world. The linen cot sheets, clothing, luggage, and curtains of practical and prosperous families worldwide will be preserved for decades, if not centuries, to come. Purchasing products of linen could be considered an investment in the future.