Sleeping in pure linen sheets will give allergy sufferers a more comfortable night’s sleep. Made of pure linen, these sheets are cool and cold on hot summer nights. Linen is a natural fiber and has particularly good absorbent qualities that allow sweat to be absorbed during the night. It is also antistatic and resistant to dust. All of these qualities are especially good for asthma sufferers. Flax is the most ecological of natural fibers and uses few chemicals than cotton.
The best quality fabric comes from Western European sources. Belgium remains famous for the cultivation and processing of flax and Belgian flax is credited with the Masters of Linen label since very little is now woven in Ireland. Using the finest quality flax yarn, it is woven with more threads than 1300 compared to other countries; with more densely packed yarns, the greater number of threads allows for a smoother finish and higher quality. Many mail-order companies sell multiple coarse sheets often made in Eastern Europe, the sizes are often not as generous as the weaving machines are smaller and sometimes these sheets also have a seam.
Linen sheets are hypoallergenic and offer allergic people the necessary comfort. They are also renowned for their feeling of luxury and are now acclaimed by interior designers for their opulence, taking the user back to the Edwardian era when such sheets were de rigueur. Belgian sheets are marketed in more modern packaging and linen sheets are now available for the convenience of the home. They are much cheaper than the old boxed sheets that we knew in the past and which allowed this luxury to reach everyone’s homes with an interest in bedroom style.
Sheets and duvet covers can be purchased online in the UK, but buyers are advised to look for 1300 thread count since 1400 is much more expensive. Numerous postal orders are sold at around 1000/1100 from Eastern European sources, which do not give the same feeling of quality and freshness, being made with coarser linen yarns.