Sleeping in pure linen sheets will give the allergy sufferer a more comfortable nights sleep. Made from pure flax these sheets are crisp and cool in the hot summer nights. Flax is a natural fibre and has particularly good absorbent qualities allowing absorption of perspiration during the night. It is also anti-static and resists dust. All these qualities are particularly good for asthma sufferers. Flax is the most ecological of natural fibres using few chemicals compared with cotton.
Best quality fabric comes from Western European sources. Belgium remains famous for growing and processing flax and Belgian linen is accredited with the Masters of Linen label as very little is now woven in Ireland. Using best quality fine flax yarns it is woven to a higher 1300 thread count than from other countries; with yarns more densely packed the higher thread count enables a smoother finish and gives a more superior quality. Many mail order companies are selling more coarse sheets often made in Eastern Europe, sizes are often not as generous as weaving machines are smaller and sometimes these sheets even have a seam.
Linen sheets are hypo-allergenic and provide allergy sufferers with much needed comfort. They are also renowned for their luxurious feel and are now acclaimed by interior designers for their opulence, transporting the user back to the Edwardian era when such sheets were de rigeur. Belgian sheets are marketed in more contemporary packaging and fitted linen sheets are now available for convenience in the home. They are much more affordable than the old fashioned boxed sheets we knew in the past enabling such luxury to reach the homes of everyone with an interest in style in the bedroom.
Linen sheets and duvet covers can be bought on line in the UK but buyers are advised to look for thread count 1300 as 1400 is much more expensive. Many mail orders are selling at around 1000/1100 from Eastern European sources which does not give same crisp cool quality feel as it is made from coarser flax yarns.