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Woven moonlight.

Linen is a textile with an ancient, almost mythical history. The oldest findings of this tough fabric go as far back as 5,000 B.C., in Egypt, where high priests exclusively wore linen. When the tomb of Pharaoh Ramses II was opened in the 19th century, the linen cloths wrapping the body were still perfectly preserved after thousands of years.

The craft of weaving linen from wild flax spread from ancient Egypt, via Babylonia and Greece, to the Roman Empire, and then further north throughout Europe. In Sweden, the processing of flax dates back to the Bronze Age. Later on, flax seeds were traditionally spread outside dwellings as a way to repel witchcraft, under the watchful supervision of Freja, goddess not only of fertility, but also of the flax plant.Article_lin4In the times of the Pharaohs, the Egyptians referred to linen as “woven moonlight”. And there’s certainly something quite special about this living, beautiful material: soft and pliable, yet resilient and easy-care. Its durability stems from the extra long fibres of the linen, which make for a strong fabric that resists wear and tear. The texture of linen also changes over the course of its lifespan, growing more beautiful with age.

WEST is an exclusive product line from LINUM offering a range of select tablecloths, napkins, bedspreads, and curtains, all designed to reveal the strong, distinctive texture of washed linen. These products are a pleasure to be around, and benefit from all the unsurpassed characteristics found only in linen cloth. Aside from its superior quality, the fabric is both antistatic and hypoallergenic, and the environmental impact of its manufacturing process is naturally low. Moreover, its exceptionally high absorbency (it can soak up 20 per cent of its own weight before even feeling moist) makes linen particularly well-suited for towels.