Trends come and go, but timeless textiles remain in style forever. This article from Fine Linen and Bath discusses five signature home decor textile terms that define the very best in home linen just in time for National Textiles Day.
Inside this Article:
- 1. Jacquard Weave: Pattern, Depth, and Beauty
- 2. Pure Mulberry Silk: Thousands of Years of Luxury
- 3. Egyptian Cotton: The Finest on Earth
- 4. Hemstitched and Embroidered Linen: Artisanal Design Details
"Fashion fades, style is eternal." –Yves Saint Laurent
Fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent’s immortal words ring every bit as true in the world of home textiles as they did in designer clothing. As fads and fashion evolve, some textiles remain eternally stylish. To celebrate National Textile Day, Fine Linen and Bath is taking a moment to salute five legendary textile trends. Read on to learn how these iconic examples continue to shape and define home décor linen.
Jacquard Weave: Pattern, Depth, and Beauty
Jacquard weave is a luxurious, layered form of textile design that dates back to the Middle Ages. Since the early 1800s, jacquard textiles have been produced on a loom. Jacquard fabric features repeating patterns woven directly into the fabric; these designs can be quite complex with repeating patterns. Examples of jacquard fabric include damask and brocade that feature floral and natural motifs. Jacquard lends itself to draperies, bedding, and luxury bath and table linen.
Encre Bath Towels
The nautical jacquard pattern of Yves Delorme Encre Bath Towels exudes the fresh air of the ocean with its sleek design of timeless luxury. Made in France of 100% organic cotton at a 550 GSM weight, finished border. Certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
The Yves Delorme Encre bath towels starting at $50.
Fiorentini Table Linens
The Giardini Fiorentini Table Collection brings the vivid colors of Italy to your home. Made in Italy of 100% Piece-Dyed Jacquard Cotton Sateen, these fine table linens create a warm welcome for dinner guests.
The Fiorentini Table Linens are finished in a Plain Hem, Scalloped and Single Hemstitched versions of this collection are also available. Prices starting at $38.
For Matouk Schumacher Serengeti bedding, a beautiful, abstract Schumacher print is re-imagined in soft, multi-tonal colors that coordinate with Matouk classics. An elegant sheen gives this Italian-woven sateen jacquard a dynamic look that changes subtly with the light. Serengeti is finished with a carefully tailored and modern flange. Woven in Italy, 100% cotton jacquard, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
The Matouk Schumacher Serengeti bedding prices starting at $59.
Pure Mulberry Silk: Thousands of Years of Luxury
The art and science of silk production -- known as sericulture -- originated in China more than four thousand years ago. Beautiful and luxurious, silk fabric was even used as currency in China and opened up trade with the West through the fabled routes of the Silk Road through Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Over time, silk production spread to the West. By the 15th century, France and Italy were known leading manufacturers of silk in Europe. Today, China is once again the largest manufacturer of cultivated silk. Learn more about the history of silk here.
Pure mulberry silk is the finest in the marketplace. Woven from the cocoons of silkworms fed exclusively mulberry leaves, this fabric is known for its beauty and wellness benefits. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase, sheets, or bedding tames hair tangles, breakage, and bedhead; minimizes sleep wrinkles; keeps hair and skin hydrated; and regulates body temperature. Silk is also naturally non-irritating to sensitive skin, hypoallergenic, and resistant to mold and dust mites. Of course, silk bedding is absolutely luxurious to the touch. Bonus: Mulberry Park Silk sheets are washable in your machine at home!
Mulberry Park Silks 22 Momme Sheet Set
Sleep and wake in luxury and beauty. This 22 momme silk sheet set from Mulberry Park Silks is made of 100% pure mulberry silk in a charmeuse weave, Grade 6A (the highest grade and quality). The 4-piece sheet set includes a silk flat sheet, a silk fitted sheet, and two silk double-sided pillow cases with an 8" envelope closure.
The 22 momme sheets from Mulberry Park Silks are available in White, Ivory, Gunmetal, Sand, Silver, Rose Quartz, and Steel Blue in Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King. Prices from $290 and up. Matching duvet covers and shams are also available.
Mulberry Park Silks 30 Momme Pillowcase
This 30 momme silk pillowcase from Mulberry Park Silks is an absolute must for anyone in search of a better night’s sleep. Made from 100% pure mulberry silk charmeuse in our heaviest momme weight for the ultimate in luxury.
The 30 momme silk pillowcase from Mulberry Park Silks are available in White, Ivory, Gunmetal, Silver, Navy, and Ruby in Standard, Queen, and King sizes. Envelope closure. Prices from $68 and up.
Egyptian Cotton: The Finest on Earth
In the world of luxury linen, Egyptian cotton stands alone as the superior fabric for cotton bedding and bath linens. Egyptian cotton fibers are longer, stronger, and more durable because they are grown under specific geographic and climate conditions. The resulting cotton yarn is finer and smaller in diameter than other cottons and can be woven into fabric with more threads per square inch. It is luxurious, strong, and lightweight. Pure Egyptian cotton also breathes exceptionally well; an Egyptian cotton sheet set or cotton bedspread will feel supremely comfortable and grow softer with use, while Egyptian cotton towels are wonderfully absorbent.When shopping for luxury bedding or bath towels, look for products labeled "Egyptian Cotton" and the words "long staple cotton" or "extra-long staple cotton." Learn more about Egyptian Cotton here, and read about a special type of Egyptian Cotton known as Giza cotton here.
Abyss Super Pile Towels
Surround yourself in spa-like softness with the Abyss Super Pile Bath Towels. Thick, thirsty, 700 GSM long-loop Egyptian Giza Extra Long Staple Cotton delivers unparalleled absorbency and performance. You'll find them in 60 colors to suit every decor and mood. They are designed to perfectly coordinate with other Abyss Habidecor towels, including the top-selling Must and Reversible Rugs. Abyss towels are made in Portugal by fabric artisans who have honed their craft over generations; learn more about the towels of Portugal here.
The Abyss Super Pile Towels are available in 60 colors with prices starting at $21 and up.
Graccioza Egoist Towels
Graccioza Egoist Bath Towels are made of 800GSM 100% Extra Long Staple Egyptian Giza Cotton, the finest yarn in the world for a wonderfully soft feel and the highest absorbency. Egoist towels are unique in that they are treated with a special formula from BeSoFresh to inhibit bacteria and fungus growth while protecting the fabric from odors for long-lasting freshness. For more information regarding the BeSoFresh antibacterial treatment, click here.
The Graccioza Egoist towels are available in 31 colors, priced at $22 and up.
Peacock Alley Nile Bedding
Peacock Alley Nile Egyptian Cotton Bedding is designed to be a staple in your home. It is crafted from the finest certified 100% Egyptian cotton300 thread count percale for sheets that are luxuriously soft right out of the package, cool to the touch and create an easy, sophisticated look. Available in flat sheets, fitted sheets, pillow cases and as a sheet set.
The Peacock Alley Nile sheets come in White, Dusty Pink, Light Grey, Misty Blue, and Pearl. Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King. Prices from $145 and up.
Hemstitched and Embroidered Linen: Artisanal Design Details
Design details such as embroidery and hemstitch transform home linens into stunning works of art. Embroidery, which is decorating a piece of fabric with needle and thread, dates back tens of thousands of years to the earliest known civilizations. The craft of embroidery became more widespread during the Middle Ages where elaborate stitching on clothing and household items came to signify wealth and social status and, in the case of monograms or crests, familial lineage. Today, embroidery can be found on all manner of clothing and home linen.
Hemstitching is a form of decorative “drawn thread work” made by pulling out several parallel threads and tying the cross threads together into tiny bunches. Small ornate holes are made in the fabric and are patterned designs that resemble lace. Learn more about hemstitching here.
SFERRA Festival Table Linens
SFERRA Festival Table Linens come in a stunning range of 101 solid colors to coordinate with any dining decor, event, or dinnerware. The ultimate in classical table linens, Festival is a sure way to impress at your next dinner party while also being the perfect dining room staple for daily use. SFERRA Festival is made in Lithuania from 100% linen fabric and is finished by hand with a single row of refined thread-drawn hemstitching.
The SFERRA Festival Tablecloth is a solid design with hand drawn hemstitch hem and mitered corners (round tablecloths are finished with plain hem). Prices starting at $35 and up.
Matouk Nocturne Hemstitch Bedding
Matouk Nocturne Hemstitch Bedding features a delicate hemstitch that frames this signature sateen sheeting for an effect that is luminous and sophisticated, but never stuffy. Made of 600 thread count Egyptian cotton, this is the bedding of your dreams. Made and hemstitched in the USA of fabric from Italy. All Matouk fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.
The Matouk Nocturne Hemstitch bed sheets are available in White, Pool, Bone, Silver, Ivory. In sizes Full, Queen, King sheet sets prices from $717 and up for sets.
The Anali Embroidered Towel Collection
Dedicated to the art of exquisite embroidery, Anali towels, guest towels, and table linens are works of art for your home. Anali linens first became known for their intricate thread paintings of botanical subjects. Today, Anali has legions of devotees around the world who prize the beauty and luxury of their fine linens for bath and table. We welcome you to spend some time scrolling through the Anali collection and allowing your imagination and creativity to run free. Anali embroidered linen can be customized with the thread colors of your choice to suit any room and decor. Made in the USA.
The Anali Embroidered Linen guest towels start at $56 and up; the Anali Embroidered cotton terry bath collection starts at $32 and up; table linens prices start at $68.
Luxury Blankets: Form and Function Unite
The blanket has quite a storied history. Early versions of blankets can be found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, but the first modern blankets were woven on a loom in the 1300s by an English weaver named (unsurprisingly) Thomas Blanket. These wool blankets were cleaner and more effective at maintaining warmth during sleep than plants, leaves, furs, or animal skins. With the industrial revolution, blankets evolved from being a prized luxury to a modern convenience. Today, blankets are functional decorative accessories loved by interior designers and home furnishing aficionados alike. Learn about the difference between a blanket and a decorative throw blanket here.
Alashan 100% Cashmere Double Faced Essential Throw Blanket
Alashan’s Cashmere Double Faced Essential Throw blankets are 100% cashmere woven blankets for the ultimate indulgence in beauty and comfort. This blanket is woven with two solid colors, one on each face of the blanket, and weighs 675 grams.
The Alashan Cashmere Double Faced Essential Throw Blanket is available in five breathtaking color combinations including Ash/Evening Sky, Ash/Bisque, Charcoal/Ash, Camel/Apricot and Mushroom/Bisque. Size: 50” x 70” Priced at $625.
SFERRA Celine Throw Blanket
The Celine is SFERRA’s best-selling throw, and it is easy to understand why! It blends a great palette of subdued, relaxing colors with cream in a plush cotton herringbone weave (our favorite is the subtle Charcoal grey). Celine takes the chill off in style and looks stunning draped across a chair or sofa. The Celine throw blanket is made in Portugal from 100% cotton and finished with a natural twisted fringe.
The SFERRA Celine throw blanket is available in thirteen colors. Size: 51" x 71” Price $99.
SFERRA Kingston Blanket
The SFERRA Kingston Blanket uses a classic waffle weave of cotton thermal designed to shelter warmth, while its pure cotton offers dulcet softness and inviting comfort. Pre-shrunk so it stays generously sized to accommodate deep mattresses.
Made in Portugal from 100% Egyptian cotton, White and Ivory, Twin, Full/Queen, and King. Prices from $194 and up.
We hope you find a multitude of ideas and inspiration in this blog. And you’ll find more browsing through our website! We recommend starting with our brand page and going from there. Our design team is always available to answer questions and offer personalized recommendations. We also provide complimentary swatch samples for your review as you make your buying decisions.