As those who’ve experienced it will tell you — there’s nothing quite like sleeping on all-natural, pure stonewashed bed linen! Buttery soft, naturally breathable and cool to the touch, stonewashed linen holds an organic texture that exudes timeless grace.
In its raw state, however, linen has a thicker and slightly scratchy feel, owing to the extra durable fibres of the flax plant it’s fashioned from. Traditionally, this type of linen was handed down as an heirloom, surviving for generations, where it hit a certain ‘softness sweet spot’ decades into its life-cycle.
While this ‘linen of old’ is still available, it’s generally considered too uncomfortable for modern bedding — at least in its early stages.
Stone washing accelerates the ‘wearing in process’ of linen, delivering maximum softness, suppleness and vintage fade prior to sale. What this means is that your product is ‘sleep ready’ and beautiful from day one, as it does not have to go through years of washing to get to this stage.
Stonewashed linen has a much shorter life-span than the flax linen handed down to your great grandmother. However, there are a number of ways linen lovers can prolong its life.
Caring for stonewashed linen
The first thing to note is that stonewashed linen requires a little extra love than raw linen to stay at it’s best. In practice this means doing things like:
How do we stonewash our linen?
Unlike some producers, who employ harsh chemical combinations to achieve a stone-washed effect, we choose to use real natural stone — Pumice to be precise.
Once the linen weaving process is complete, our pure flax linen is placed in a large machine washer with the Pumice stones. As the cycle progresses the textile is pummeled by the stones, giving it flexibility and ever so slightly loosening it’s weave. The end result is a product that’s both beautifully textured, luxurious and uniquely comfortable.
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Kate & Prue xo