Made from a special fiber from the flax plant, linen fabric (or weave) is a luxurious material that is highly valued for its strength, durability, and antibacterial & antifungal properties. Linen fabric comes in various forms, each type distinguished by its individual weave pattern and texture. Check out a few of the various types of linen fabric below, courtesy of eHow.com.

  • Damask is usually made of a combination of satin and plain weaves and is woven on a jacquard loom. Damask normally has flat, reversible fibers, and the fabric's texture is smooth with a reversible design. Most often used to make tablecloths, napkins, and table runners, damask is typically found in only one color.
  • Loosely-woven linen fabric is characterized by its high absorbency and is often used to make sanitary towels or baby diapers. Bird's eye linen is a type of loosely-woven linen fabric that consists of small geometric patterns, which are reminiscent of a bird's eye, hence its name. Huckaback and art linen are two other types of loosely-woven linen fabric.
  • Sheeting has earned its name because it is primarily used to manufacture linen sheets. Sheeting is a heavy type of linen fabric that is characterized as being wide, making it suitable for cutting garment patterns of various sizes and lengths; in addition to being used to make bed sheets, sheeting is also used to make suits and dresses.
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