While Irish linen is the preferred fabric at Buckingham Palace for its fineness of the woven cloth still achievable by Irish weavers, the Queen may be surprised that she pioneers a healthier night's sleep than those sleeping in fine luxury cotton.
Europeans have long-favoured Irish linen for their bedding because of its gossamer fineness, feel, tensile strength, durability and the fact that it lasts decades with very little care. However, with further investigation, this reputable cloth reveals itself to be remarkably high-tech and a far healthier way to get a good night's sleep.
Linen is highly hydroscopic and can rapidly absorb and yield 20% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch. When linen sheets are in contact with the skin, the nodes along the length of the fiber absorb perspiration, swell and then release the moisture to the outside air, thus being a wholly natural fabric self cooled by evaporation. As a result, linen is a popular choice for bedding in hot climates or during warmer seasons where the skin temperature can be 3°- 4°C lower than when sleeping in cotton or silk keeping you fresh and cool.
Sleeping in linen sheets is akin to bathing in natural antiseptic. Linen is naturally resistant to fungi, micro flora, mould and bacteria and therefore does not provide a breeding ground for these illness-causing pathogens. According to medical studies conducted by Japanese researchers, bed-ridden patients do not develop bedsores when linen sheets are used. Similar qualities were noted centuries ago when it was observed that wounds under linen dressing healed faster than under cotton.
Linen has a symbiotic and pampering relationship with the human body. It does not provoke allergic reactions, does not accumulate static and the crisp "rich wrinkle" known to the well-heeled and aristocracy for centuries caresses the body like no other fabric on earth.
"If you've not slept in our Superfine Irish Linen then I'll go as far as to say that you have not slept…" says young challenger brand FRANCIS M., and avid proponent of authentic Irish Linen which must be woven in his homeland of Ireland to be deemed the genuine article.
Linen sheets can easily be machine-washed at 90°C, may be boiled, dried in the sun and hot-ironed thereby ensuring maximum sterilization and the elimination of pesky critters such as dust mites.
"While the Queen has always appreciated that fine Irish Linen is extremely durable and made to last, I know that she will chuckle to find that she has been pioneering the way for better bedding. And in a way which has absolutely nothing to do with threadcount!".