Linen is a very popular fabric that never goes out of style. With the proper care, it can be a timelessly stylish wardrobe staple.
Linen is a very popular, versatile fabric that never goes out of style. This natural fabric is known for its comfort. It allows the body to breathe, and so linen is especially popular in warm climates. With the proper care, linen can be a timelessly stylish wardrobe staple.
Linen is a natural fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant.
Linen has been used since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians wrapped their mummies in linen bandages. The controversial Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, is made of linen.
Linen is still very popular throughout the world today for household use, such as tablecloths, napkins, and curtains, as well as for clothing.
Linen is a favorite fabric of some top designers. Also popular are blended fabrics made from linen combined with other materials, such as cotton, wool, silk, or synthetic fibers.
China is a leading exporter of linen fabrics; however, linen is made and sold throughout the world.
Linen is a versatile fabric. From the business suit to the little black evening dress to casual resort wear, linen is at home in virtually any setting. You can dress it up or dress it down with some simple accessories. And linen never, ever goes out of style.
Pair up your linen pants with a cashmere sweater in the fall, a silk blouse in the spring, or a cotton tee in summer. A scarf or pendant can complete the look, which can go from office to evening effortlessly.
Some people avoid linen clothing because of its tendency to wrinkle very easily when worn. For this reason, linen clothing should be packed with care when traveling.
These days, some linen clothing manufacturers use a special finish on the linen that reduces wrinkling. Some linen blends are also less prone to wrinkling.
Caring for Your Linen Clothing
While some people prefer to have their linen clothing professionally dry cleaned, some linen clothing can be washed at home by hand or by machine. For best results, follow the manufacturer's instructions for clothing care.
An advantage to having your linen clothing professionally dry cleaned is that the cleaner will professionally press your clothing as well. If you wash your linen clothing at home, use a hot iron to press the wrinkles out of the fabric. Iron the linen on the wrong side of the fabric or through a cotton handkerchief to protect the fabric's finish.
Alternatively, you can take your hand- or machine-washed linen clothing to your dry cleaner to be pressed. "Press only" service costs significantly less than full clean-and-press service.
Do not use a steamer to remove wrinkles from your linen clothing.
Traveling with Linen
Because of its tendency to wrinkle, you should pack your linen clothing with care when traveling.
Stuff the sleeves of your linen jackets and the legs of your linen pants with tissue paper, and cover each piece of clothing with a plastic dry cleaner bag. Pack your linen clothing at the last minute, folding it as little as possible.
When you arrive at your destination, unpack and hang your linen clothing as soon as possible. Use a travel iron to press out any wrinkles. Do not use a travel steamer to remove wrinkles.
Now go out there in your best linen clothes and show off your great sense of style.
Persian rug collectors often justify their obsession with handcrafted Oriental and Persian rugs by explaining their desire to own a small piece of the rich history and beauty behind the art form of Persian rug design.
Oriental and Persian rug weaving is a tradition that spans the centuries over a number of cultures. There are several references to the art of rug weaving found in ancient scriptures and classical writing. Unfortunately, there is no evidence that proves these references where to pile carpets and not simply to flat weaves (Kilims).
On the evidence of fragments found in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian tombs, we know that various forms of flat weaving were well developed more than 4000 years ago. Other evidence suggests that weaving of pile rugs existed in the Middle East and other parts of central, northwest, and eastern Asia long before 2000 BC.
It is definitely certain however, that Asia was the first continent to produce rugs and that it was definitely the nomadic wanderers who created them.
The rearing of sheep, the prime source of carpet wool, is a traditional nomad occupation. Add to this the necessity of thick coverings for people having to endure extreme cold and it's likely the craft of weaving developed to replace the use of rough animal skins for warmth.
Before the discovery of the Pazyryk Rug, the oldest pile rug fragments of ancient rugs ever discovered were found in East Turkmenistan in an area known as the Tarim Basin. This area includes parts of northwest India, East Turkmenistan, southern Russia, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, western China, and Mongolia itself.
The art of pile rug weaving appeared in Europe some time after 1000 AD, and likely in Spain because of its proximity to Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Iran.
Other European countries soon imitated the craft and by the 20th century weaving rugs was prevalent in almost all of Europe. However, even with Europe producing their own rugs, we can still see through classic paintings that almost all the rugs depicted appear to be of the Persian or Anatolian types.
Rug weaving in Europe never became as important as it did in Asia and as a result, many Asian nations built enormous rug exporting industries over time.
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