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  • Five Linen Fabric Facts by Natalie Canning, the Soft Furnishing Experts

Five Linen Fabric Facts by Natalie Canning, the Soft Furnishing Experts

Five Linen Fabric Facts by Natalie Canning, the Soft Furnishing Experts

Natural linen fabric is something we all associate with quality clothing, curtains and bedding but I wanted to share five facts that you may not know about this wonderfully versatile natural fabric.

1.  Natural fabric linen is created from the fibres of the beautiful flax plant.

natural linen plant by soft furnishing experts
The dainty flax plant is the secret behind the natural fabric linen.

flax for natural linen fabric bespoke curtain makers Suffolk
The fibres from the flax are used to create fine linen fabric.

(picture by The Wacky Windmill)

2.  The botanical name of the flax plant is Linum usitatissimum and the English word, linen, is derived from the generic name, linum.

woven ticking linen fabric blue stripe
Woven Linen Ticking - old blue (available to purchase on our website)

3.  Linen was used by the Egyptians for mummification.

linen mummy - natural linen fabric for custom curtains and blinds Suffolk
Linen fabric wrapped around an Egyptian mummy.

4.  Linen fabric resists dirt and stains.

natural linen fabric fact

5.  Linen is used by bakers for holding dough in shape before baking.

This type of linen cloth is called a couche and is heavily floured to ensure a non-stick surface to hold the dough.

linen fabric information by bespoke curtain makers Suffolk
The linen couche is folded into ridges to prevent the dough from spreading.

(picture by PicClick UK)

At Natalie Canning - The Soft Furnishing Experts, we have an extensive range of natural linen fabrics all ideal for creating exquisite curtains, roman blinds and most other soft furnishings.  Linen curtain fabric is the perfect choice for timeless and relaxed country schemes.

Fabric Samples are available for all our natural fabric collections.

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At Natalie Canning – The Soft Furnishing Experts, we take great pride in designing and producing, the most beautiful and unique curtains and blinds.  I am always available in my Suffolk work room to discuss ideas and requirements.  All of our soft furnishings are hand made to the highest standards using traditional skills and craftsmanship.  Contact me directly on 01379 668170 or

(Main picture by Ennish Mill)

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    Natalie Canning

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