If you live with Belgian linen upholstery, clothing, bedding, towels, or linens, then you already know what I know. Linen made in Europe is truly wondrous with slubby deliciousness, fine quality, and imperfect character. Yet when you dig a little deeper into the linen’s distinctive qualities and production, you may fall more deeply in love. Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm shares a little education and a lotta love and affection for my favorite textile.
Love Letter to Belgian Linen: The Loveliness of Living With Linen’s Natural, Wabi Sabi Charm!
Belgian linen yumminess lives in every room within our home (thanks, RH!) and does so much more than provide texture and calm color. Belgian linen also keeps us comfortable, well groomed, and warm.
While I’m no expert on retting, scotching, hackling, and linen production, I am an eager student learning more about its charms and a cheerleader for living with linen’s timeless beauty, strength, and natural quality.
Belgian Flax vs. Belgian Linen
What’s the difference between Belgian Flax and Belgian Linen? Belgian Flax Linen is linen made outside of Europe from European flax, while Belgian Linen is made IN Europe from flax which has been grown as a plant IN Europe and woven into fabric IN Europe.
Western Europe offers the perfection climate and conditions for growing flax. In fact, Europe’s flax growing belt “is between Cannes, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands where climate and soil conditions are most optimal” (Barn and Willow).
Be Amazed to See How Belgian Linen is Made
Isn’t it something how a little seed in a field becomes fiber, then yarn, then fabric!?!
Wabi Sabi Wonderful Belgian Linen
Hello, Lovely Flax
Why all the fuss about FLAX? Oh, this plant, friends! It begins life growing humbly in a field before it can be worn and adorned.
Here’s a particularly significant quality of the plant I learned about from Libeco: since flax loves Belgium’s climate, it requires no irrigation and can be grown organically without GMO’s, fertilizer, or crop protectors.
So often, we do not give a second thought to the origin of the fibers surrounding us in our home or the costs to the earth their growth and production entailed.
Flax has it goin’ on. ALL parts of the flax plant can be used for production (the seeds are ground for oil paints, the pulp is used for banknotes, etc.) so no waste is created. When I stumbled on this demonstration of working with flax by hand, I more fully understood the potential for waste.
See what I mean? So many steps for the harvested flax before it becomes yarn and cloth!
Belgian Linen’s Sign of Excellence: Masters of Linen® Club
When Belgian linen comes with this sign and registered mark…ooh la la. The tag identifies the fabric with a mark of supreme quality and excellence.
Club Masters of Linen promotes certified European textile companies (spinners, weavers and knitters) who opt for 100% European traceability and a desire to be differentiated with this high honor.
Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Your Sweetly Soft Texture Stole My Heart
Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Our Home is More Chic and Elegant Because of You
Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…How Can You Be Pretty Yet Oh So Practical?
Hello, Lovely Belgian Linen…Surely Sophisticated Simplicity is Woven Into Your Nature
Mixing Upholstered Belgian Linen Pieces in a Dining Room
Belgian Linen Dining Chair Becomes My Bedroom’s Accent Chair
Belgian Linen Slipcovered Chaise Makes Napping a Pleasure
Belgian Linen Envelops Me in an Egg Chair
Belgian Linen is Durable Enough for Our Breakfast Nook
Belgian Linen in the Bath?
Yep. Though not pictured with my Turkish towel below, our everyday bath towels (RH) have a band of stonewashed Belgian linen. It’s not just for curtains!
Belgian Linen on a Side Chair in the Studio
More of those chairs (RH) can be seen in the dining room.
Belgian Linen is Perfect for Tone on Tone Spaces Where You’re After a Timeless and Tranquil Look
Belgian Linen is a Wabi Sabi Wonder
Because of the natural quality of Belgian linen, it is imperfectly beautiful and never flawless. There are all these very human steps involved in production and crafting the cloth. It’s part of why I feel so much affection for the material: the flaws tell a story – the history of the woven yarn whispers a tale too – and the hands and souls that brought the flax to life leave poetic imprints as well.
Belgian Flax and Belgian Linen Finds for Home
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Belgian Linen Would be Perfect in This Euro Inspired Dining Room
Find the details for this dining room mood board HERE.
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