Linen: a short presentation

From the origins to the present day

Known since ancient times, flax textile fibre is the oldest in the world: its use in fact goes back to 8000 years before Christ. Also found in Egyptian tombs, flax was the most common textile 6000 years before Christ, the Phoenicians, renowned merchants and illustrious navigators, bought flax in Egypt for exporting to Ireland, England and Britain. With this itinerary, the fibre arrived on the European continent.

From its arrival to the golden age of traditional production

From its introduction in Europe, the use of flax expanded incredibly. During the Roman period, the cultivation and processing of this fibre expanded throughout the Empire and the Romans were in fact the first to use it not only for clothing but also for the home. In the Middle Ages, linen reached the peak of its expansion on the continent, particularly in central and northern Europe. With the Renaissance, the taste for a refined lifestyle reinforced the presence of flax in everyday life and the “thieuliette” was used to produce sheets and shirts. The word “toilet” derives from this term of archaic French origin. During the wars of religion, thousands of Flemish artisan weavers are forced into exile in England and Ireland, and they prepared the debut of the golden age of flax in these two islands while Russia and Poland make their first appearance on the market.

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The International Design Fair is opening in Milan: the 52nd edition of the event awaited by the audience of professionals and not is finally coming in Italy with all the best and all the innovations of the interior design. More than 2000 exhibitors in Rho’s fairgrounds and an infinite number of showrooms, events and parties in the coolest corners of the city that is the symbol of the Italian taste and design.

Wandering during the Milan Design Week…



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Today, after Jean-Claude’s death in 2009, Christo’s work comes back to impress the Middle East. An artwork that would overshadow the Great Pyramid of Giza, conceived from a ’77’s project, is going to be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi (with an estimated cost of $340m). This is a massive site-specific architecture made of 400thousands of oil drums with a mosaic effect that from seems afar a fabric texture.