We work with a particular philosophy: the simpler the design, the far more exacting the craft. Nothing to hide behind but perfection.
Irish linen has been quietly prestigious and renowned amongst the cognoscenti for centuries. It is the preferred fabric of The Sultan of Brunei, Queen Elizabeth II, and the Imperial Court of Japan.
Although linen is manufactured in other parts of the world, there are several special attributes that make our Irish fabric far superior.
The fineness of the woven cloth that is still achievable by Irish weavers and spinners today. These skills have been handed down from generation to generation and learned over many hundreds of years.
The characteristic most often associated with linen cloth is the presence of "slubs", or small knots that occur randomly along the weave. These are in fact defects associated with low quality. The finest linen cloth has a very consistent yarn diameter with minimal slub.
The softness of the water in Irish streams, which is harnessed for finishing, results in cloth of enviable handle (feel) and appearance.
Our finely and evenly woven linen bedding is tensile strong and durable. It increases in strength when wet, allowing it to stand up to repeated laundering even at boil temperatures. While luxury cotton bedding usually lasts around 3 years before looking tired, showing signs of wear and needing to be replaced at further expense, our Irish linens are only starting to blossom. They get softer with each laundering, become gossamer silky smooth to the touch and can be passed on to the younger generations as an heirloom. A wise, and genteel, investment.
At FRANCIS M. we eschew unnecessary swirls and flourishes in favour of a restrained simplicity which is elegant, appropriately traditional, timeless and loved by the truly discerning. And that can last generations.