FAQ

ANSWERS TO OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Why Italian and not Egyptian cotton?

When you buy Italian cotton sheets you actually buy the best of both worlds as Italian mills buy most of their cotton from Egypt. It is a well known fact that the Egyptians grow the best quality cotton in the world.  Add to that, the Italians experience of thousands of years in weaving textiles and you end up having the best cotton fabrics in the world.

What is the difference between jacquard and damask?

Both jacquards and damasks are woven textile designs. Woven jacquard designs are created on jacquard loom and are generally used for sheeting and table cloth weight fabrics. Woven damask is generally created with heavier yarns to create bed covers fabrics, wall coverings and furniture fabrics. In Australia we use the term damask to describe the jacquard fabrics as well.

What is thread count?

Thread count is a term used to measure the quality of cotton fabrics for bed linen. Thread count is the number of thread between the warp and the weft (horizontal and vertical threads) in a square inch. A magnifying pick glass, which measures one square inch is used to count the number of threads. Nowdays, when a 1000 thread count is advertised, it is in most cases a 1000 threads into an area of 8 to 10 centimeters square instead of a square inch. There are just over 15 square inches into a10 centimetres square.

Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the smoother and finer the fabric. However, in addition to thread count  the base fiber and the size and quality of the yarn are just as important. For instance, percalle fabric is only 220 thread count but feels smoother than mill brands with the same or higher thread count. 

Why do sheets lose their sheen after the first wash?

Cotton sateen sheets will at first wash lose their sheen and silkiness. Ironing will smooth the fibers and regain the luxury  sheen of the fabric.

Too confusing? The golden rule is trust your hands! If the product comes from reputable manufacturer, and it feels good, BUY IT!.

What about Shrinkage? Should I buy next size up?

All fabrics  constructed from natural fibres will shrink. We anticipate this shrinkage at production level and allow a 3 to 5 shrinkage factor. A 7% shrinkage is allowed on bedspreads.

Why linen sheets instead of cotton sheets? 

Literally the oldest luxury fiber, linen textiles have been used in households for more than ten thousand years. Today, a special secret shared by discerning people around the world is: pure linen sheets not only become softer and more lustrous with every use, but wicks away moisture from the body keeping you cool and dry. Due to the biological makeup of linen, it is often more desirable than cotton in hot and humid climates. Linen sheets are also a wonderful suggestion for people with special skin concerns.

Marcella or Matalasse bedspreads, Why are they so popular?

Marcella or matalasse bedspreads have long been a traditional item passed down from generation to generation.. Everybody’s grandmother had one in their glory box. Today, like hundreds of  years ago, these bedspreads are still very popular and seen as an investment. Normally, if used under normal household usage they can last for many generation.

At Linea Casa we have two distinct types of bedspreads.The marcella fabric from Portugal for easy care and little ironing. The marcella’ from Italy is thicker but requires more care.

How do I care for my linens?

Proper care of linens will ensure that you will get many years of use from them. In order to assure their long life, alternate your sheets on a regular basis. Three sets are normally enough. One set on the bed, one set in the wash and one set in the linen cabinet. Always wash your linens with a non-chlorine liquid detergent. Wash in gentle cycle with warm water.  TIP - to minimise your ironing, rewash the sheets in a delicate cycle without detergent. Always line dry.Tumble drying reduces the life span of your linens.

Any more questions?  Email them to us. Our experienced staff will gladly try to answer them.  info@lineacasa.com.au