A BRIEF HISTORY OF LINEN

Linen is a natural fibre, made from the stems of the flax plant.

untitled1Plain, cool, natural, long-lasting and elegant, linen was the most frequently used material after cotton in weaving in ancient times. According to the Egyptians, the God Isis was the founder of weaving and invented linen in order to wrap the body of his wife Osiris. In this era, linen cloths from Babylon were considered excellent. Egyptians manufactured linen by using various weaving techniques and used linen to dress / wrap their deceased tyrants and kings (mummies were wrapped in pure linen).

Linen was also popular in the Roman period and widespread throughout the Empire. During the Middle Ages, in France, when linen was found to heal skin diseases, it became more popular. untitled3With the invention of the loom in the 18th century, linen began to be used in large quantities.

Linen, which is often used in upholstery since it is long-lasting, doesn’t hold dust or fade in sunlight. It is bright and cool and can be used just about anywhere as it becomes more beautiful as it ages.

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AN EARLY START

The Linen Drawer journey started early this year. In fact you could say we were up and running at the crowing of the roosters. This would be totally appropriate as 2017 is the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese Almanac. So once again Linen Drawer is on trend and in tune!

We have an exciting year ahead. New products are being investigated, new machinery for the factory is being purchased, our embroidery division is going from strength to strength (watch this space – new designs in the pipeline), and our staff are attending courses and seminars to develop skills which will benefit themselves, Linen Drawer and our customers.

The factory is bursting out of its seams, and we are looking forward to new ironing equipment and more satin stitching machines. These will enable us to execute orders and customisation faster. Our team of dedicated workers take such pride in their work and form such a lively dynamic addition to the Linen Drawer family.

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In the “front of house”, where the quotes and orders are processed and all the other administrative work is done, we have no changes, except for new technology which has been updated and improved. This also speeds up all processes resulting in a better service to our customers. The friendly, efficient staff are always ready to assist customers with expert advice, should they require

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Jimmy, our busy CEO, is often meeting and networking with potential and existing clients, conducting laundry training seminars, addressing Hotel School students, and ensuring that the business frame-work of Linen Drawer is advanced and maintained, resulting in superb customer service and consistent, excellent quality of product. He takes care of the big picture, while keeping a very long and strong finger on the daily running of the business!

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We are looking forward to exhibiting our products at Decorex – at the Cape Town exhibition at the end of April and in Johannesburg in mid- August. Planning the stand, selecting product and generally ensuring that the whole process runs smoothly has started and the assistance of Vanessa and Jeff, our Cape Town and Boland agents, has been harnessed to help in the process. So come and visit us – though we’ll be reminding you!

This year we will be focussing on maintaining and improving our customer service, incorporating the latest trends in décor and design into our products where we can, and generally focussing on growing our base of happy customers.

We are also extending a warm welcome to anyone wanting to visit our business and the factory in Paarl, at 24 FabriekStreet. If that is impossible visit our new website www.linendrawerinternational.com . We would love you to share the friendliness and caring that epitomises Linen Drawer and welcome the new Rooster year with you!

SLEEP LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

Have you ever wondered why Egyptian Cotton is so in demand?  Why it is so special?  After a little investigation I found the following:plant-fibers-cotton-and-jute

Gossypium Barbadense is the Latin name for extra-long staple cotton. This is a species of the cotton plant that has extra-long fibres, and yields high quality fabric when spun and woven into fabric. Varieties of ELS (extra-long staple) cotton are Sea Island, Pima, Gizas, Suvin, and Xinjiang.

The cotton plant is a frost sensitive perennial plant that has yellow flowers and black seeds. It grows into a small bushy tree, and yields cotton with long silky fibres.maxresdefault

This type of cotton is planted all over the world – the West Indies, Central America, Australia, Western Africa, and of course in Egypt.

So Egyptian Cotton is the cultivar Gossypium Barbadense grown in Egypt. It is usually harvested or picked by hand, resulting in less damage to the fibres. The length of the fibre allows the weaving of the finest yarns, without sacrificing strength. This also allows deep dye penetration resulting in wonderfully bright colours. It is very soft and wonderfully luxurious, and without hesitation can be hailed as the finest cotton in the world.

beb2da47cd65bd8a3efff5dcc7bed87fUnfortunately “Egyptian Cotton” has become a buzz-word for anyone claiming to be selling up-market and luxury cotton goods. Do not be fooled – make sure the supplier of your products is aware of the authentication and certification of Egyptian cotton fabrics and products.

You can be assured that products bought at Linen Drawer, and sold as Egyptian Cotton, are actually that.  Linen Drawer manufactures liwonderfully luxurious bedding from 400thread countEgyptian Cotton sateen weave fabric. We buy from certified suppliers of Egyptian Cotton, and our fabric is strictly quality tested so that a consistent standard is assured.

Sleeping on the finest Egyptian Cotton is an amazing experience.  Such comfort is purely addictive!

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RUB A DUB DUB ?

The festive season and entertaining go hand in hand. These are good times, but even in good times we have our challenges. Ever watched as a glass of wine is knocked over, curry is spilled or coffee is splashed across our beautiful Linen Drawer table linen?

At Linen Drawer we don’t only make Bed linen in wonderful Egyptian cotton, Pure Linenand crisppercale, we also make beautiful Table Linen. As a service to our customers, we offer Stain Removal tips on our website are an additional service Click Here to view more stain removal tips. So the despair you feel when faced with stains might become something of the past now.

Let’s tackle the Wine stains first; don’t apply cold water and salt to the table cloth– instead reach for a little soda water or just plain water if it’s handy. As soon as you can, wash in plenty of warm water and if the stain persists, rub with a little glycerine (available at most pharmacies) and wash as normal.

Then the Curry – reach for the glycerine again. First rinse in warm water, then rub with glycerine and let it stand for about 30 minutes, then wash normally.

As for the Coffee and the Tea which you may think will ruin the heirloom tabling – think again!  Coffee is easier to get rid of, just rinse the stain with warm water, and then wash normally. Tea tends to stain, but the trusty glycerine to the rescue!  Rinse the tea stain with warm water, apply glycerine and then wash normally.

I will continue with more pesky stains in my next mini blog – look out for it!

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CHRISTMAS AT LINEN DRAWER

As Christmas approaches and gift lists grow longer, the staff at Linen Drawer arefrantically filling orders for clients and ensuring that Linen Drawer is stocked for clients who want to shop – even at the very last minute!

Firstly the perfect small gift, though packing quite a punch : our Linen Scents – a small Lavender filled bag which can be tucked into a linen cupboard, under a pillow, in a drawer, or anywhere the beneficial scent of Lavender can spread and freshen the environment.

Secondly have a look at our Laundry Bags. They are perfect for use as described, but can also be used as gift bags, toy bags, or anything that might require a bag. These look great personalised with embroidery.

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You might like personalising a set of pillowcases, a lovely gift for special friends or loved ones. Have a look at our beautiful embroidery rhymes, monograms, embroidery designs, or use your own design to create a really special gift.

Linen Drawer developed a 100% pure EgyptianCotton gown to meet the demand for a cooler gown for summer. Luxuriously soft and comfortable, our Egyptian cotton gowns are unisex and generously sized. They can be satin stitched and embroidered to personalise as a special gift.

All our products are suitable for gifts, but some products stand out as the perfect gifts for family members, loved ones, colleagues, and friends. I have listed them for you because this is the season of giving, and time is the most precious gift of all; so allow me to save you some time!

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Add Satin stitching in any colour of the rainbow to your personalised pillowcases for a truly special gift.

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Christmas and the holiday season is often characterised by entertaining guests, friends, family and loved ones. A thoughtful gift of beautiful table linen can be appreciated for years to come! At Linen Drawer we have two ranges of table linen:Bayede!is a bright, vibrant African inspired range, while Linen Drawer Designer Tabling is contemporary, stylish and timeless.
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If you have relatives or friends who feel the cold, or like outdoor entertaining, then the travel rugs in the Hinterveld and Horizon Throws ranges are perfect gifts. Hinterveld products are made in South Africa from mohair and supremely soft, light and warm. Horizon Throws are 100% cotton and knitted in South Africa, they are the perfect summer throw, and come in wonderful colours.

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Looking for that practical yet beautiful gift? Look at our 100% Pure Linen range. Our bedding in pure Linen as well as scatter cushion covers can all be personalised with embroidery or satin stitching or hemstitching. We can easily make your ideas take beautiful shape and our team of experts is here to help you!
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Gift ideas

Gifts need not be a headache at all – visit our website and we will do everything to make your ideas come to life – as easy as saying “Hohoho”!

The Sumptuous World of Damask

A Chinese writer once likened the reverse side of a woven fabric to a language that has been translated: The threads are there, but the complexity of colors and shapes is lost. While this may be true of most textiles, damask is a dazzling exception. It is woven in such a way that the pattern on one side is the reverse of the other. The double-faced design lends itself to a variety of applications. Want to know what makes Damask table linen so special? Read on.. http://www.linendrawer.co.za/blog

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As the fabric is often made with fine materials and comes in elaborate designs, it is one of the world’s most luxurious and intriguing fabrics.

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Traditionally, damask is made from a single shade of silk or linen. The pattern is recognized by the way light plays off the warp, or vertical, and weft, or horizontal, threads. Some damasks even look different depending on the time of day. Over the last century, the definition of damask has expanded to include fabrics made with two or three colors, as well as other fibres, such as cotton, wool, or rayon. Still other fabrics are merely printed to look like damask, but these, of course, are not reversible.

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The first silk damasks, consisting primarily of floral and animal patterns, were produced in China around 300 B.C. This was the beginning of a fascinating history. Damask and fabrics like it, were so desired that rulers of kingdoms went to great lengths to learn the secrets of silk weaving. In the sixth century, the Byzantine emperor commissioned monks to smuggle silkworms out of China in hollowed-out walking sticks.

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Damask table linens have their own story. They were first produced in the 1600s, when weavers in the Low Countries (today’s Belgium and the Netherlands) began making fine-quality white linen damask tablecloths and napkins. These were embellished with the previously established patterns, as well as intricate scenes including depictions of famous battles or stories from the Bible. Linen damask became up to date on the tables of well-to-do Europeans and Americans — a trend that continued for centuries. In 1926, etiquette expert Emily Post wrote of damask, “No other table covering, no matter how fine or elaborate, satisfies our inherent sense of faultless suitability.” Today’s taste makers still agree with her.

Despite its historic roots, damask can appear delightfully up-to-date.

Table Linen Care: To iron or not to iron???

Table linens can transform any situation…

They can turn an everyday meal into a memorable affair. Not only for decorating purposes, they will also protect your table from spills and scratches and the napkins will protect your clothing from splashes of red wine. Whether you use table linens every day or just on special occasions, you’ll want to keep them looking their best.

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Ironing an unwieldy tablecloth or dozens of napkins is probably the last thing you want to deal with when you’re planning a dinner party. Done properly, though, this task doesn’t need to be stressful.

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On the other hand, ironing is not always crucial.

Today, we are sharing a secret with you. A secret for preparing a beautiful table for any occasion with no stress. This trick for ironing table linens will change your life, since this trick doesn’t even require an iron. All you need to do is lay the tablecloth and other table linens on the table the night before. Sprinkle them with water, smooth out the wrinkles with your hands and leave them to dry through the night. The next day they will be dry and wrinkle free.

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If you still decide to iron your table linens, this is what you need to know. To iron a tablecloth, make sure it is damp. After washing, just hang on a rack and leave them to air dry until they are damp and ready for ironing. Iron in a back-and-forth motion over the entire length of the cloth, along the weave.

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Storing table linen after ironing is a very important aspect, since linen tablecloths tend to get those pesky square folding lines. One of the best ways to store linen tablecloths after ironing is to fold them in thirds and gently hang across a hanger, so they don’t wrinkle. Another option is to roll them into tubes rather than folding them. You will need more storing space, but you will have pretty table linens all the time.