Monday, September 14, 2015


Linen does the body good and

  has also become the fabric of choice for draperies

Unlike the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians prized linen fabric for much more than its exclusiveness. Linen fabric is durable, lightweight and wicks moisture away from sweaty skin.  Linen thus became the favored material for clothing under the scorching desert sun, from the coarse linen garb of the slaves to the intricately-woven finery of the high priests.

Linen is also resistant to insects and microbial growth, and has a smooth, line-free surface.  Egyptians were obsessed with hygiene, so for these qualities, linen was considered pure.  The whiter the fabric, the purer Egyptians believed it to be.  By far, the greatest demand for linen was for ritual purposes.  Priests were permitted to dress only in linen.  "Chief Royal Bleacher" was an actual job title, though an unenviable one.  Tomb paintings and models from across the region depict the repetitive process of washing the wet linen cloth, rubbing it with detergent, pounding it on a smooth stone with wooden clubs, rubbing the surface with balls of leather, rinsing, repeating , again and again; then finally laying it out to bleach dry in the hot sun. 


It's organic qualities brings freshness to a home and is an exceptional choice
 for elegant to casual custom panels like these shown here.
Interiors by Annette