The benefits of linen and its low thread count


Last week, we spoke about what is linen and where it dates back from and if you haven’t had a chance to read it, we hope you’ll find two minutes in your busy schedule to do so.

Today it’s all about the benefits of linen and why linen has such a low thread count in our linen series. Linen is a very durable fibre and has many benefits over cotton. According to research, it was found that linen absorbs perspiration which allows the skin to breath. 

Linen is 30% stronger than cotton because it gains elegance and softens to behold the most fluid drape. Though it is has more natural texture than cotton, it is silky with high lustre. It is hypo-allergenic meaning that most linen is allergy free and also, linen is environmentally-free as it uses less water and chemicals to cultivate the process.

So why does linen have such a low thread count?

Good question that many of us need to know. The linen fibre is derived from the middle of the flax plant, so it will be naturally thicker than the cotton bolls from the cotton plant.

An average linen fabric used for sheeting has a thread count of between 80 and 150, which would be considered low for a cotton sheet. Usually, cotton percale starts at around 200 thread count, a result of the finer yarns used. It is easier to fit a higher number of yarns into an inch if they are fine cotton. 

Please note that, the thread count is not an indication of quality, as linen fabric has a much lower thread count but it’s considered by many to be a far superior fabric quality.

On next week’s linen series, we discuss the difference between cotton and linen so stay tuned!

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