Caring for CULTIVER products

About Linen

Linen fabric is woven from the fibres of the flax plant, a crop grown predominantly in Western Europe. Belgian and French flax linen is of the finest quality and this is where CULTIVER flax originates.
 
Airy and soft, pure linen feels cool to touch. It has a high propensity to absorb moisture without feeling wet. This makes it a very comfortable fabric for sleeping in whether you tend to be a “hot” or “cold” sleeper.
 
Linen becomes softer the more it is washed – stone washing during the manufacture process accelerates this effect. As part of the manufacturing process, CULTIVER sheets are put through a wash cycle with stones and natural enzymes to soften it. This also serves to pre-shrink the bedding.
 
As it becomes softer, pure linen fabric holds creases less, and attains a silky yet substantial feel and beautiful drape. The weightiness and softness is luxurious but not stuffy or stifling. Most people find linen to be the most comfortable fabric they have ever slept in – more breathable than even ultra high thread count cotton.


The linen look

Aside from the comfort of sleeping in linen, you will love the look of it in your bedroom. Linen bedding has a distinctive texture and drape, which is both stylish on its own and highly adaptable to many bedroom styles.


Washing your linen

We advise a warm (up to 40C) gentle machine wash with an all-natural detergent or a detergent that does not contain optical whiteners or brighteners. Do not bleach, soak or use any harsh chemicals. Do not dry-clean. As with all bedding and clothing, new linen should be washed before using for the first time.


Drying your linen

You can line or tumble dry your linen. If line drying, please minimise prolonged and direct sun exposure where possible to safeguard the linen from uneven fading. If tumble drying, use a warm setting. Pull out promptly when finished and stretch out over the bed.
Linen does not require ironing, however if desired, a warm iron setting or steamer can be used.


Buttons

Our 100% pure linen duvet covers feature a beautifully finished button closure, to keep your duvet insert in place and your bed looking as elegant or relaxed as you wish. If you happen to lose or break a button, please contact customer-care@cultiver.com for a replacement.


How long should my linen last?

Linen is measured in GSM which refers to grams per square metre (of flax fibres). CULTIVER linen is produced at 165GSM, which is the optimum weight to achieve both a long lifespan and the immediate softness of your linen bedding (in times gone by, linen bedding was made from much heavier weight fabric, so it took years to achieve softness and the lightness we expect in bedding today).
When cared for correctly, linen bedding will last many years, however it is important to note that we have designed our range to ensure that our linen is soft from your very first sleep, which puts it later in its life cycle than a much heavier linen GSM. Without this process, linen can feel ‘rough’ or ‘coarse’ to sleep in. Keep in mind that even though linen as a fabric is quite durable, it is not exempt from wear and tear from constant use and incorrect care.
Due to the strain they come under, fitted sheets can show signs of wear earlier than on other products such as duvet covers and flat sheets. As CULTIVER linen at 165GSM is thicker than most, this is not a flaw in the fabric, but a normal result from frequent and considerable use. We suggest purchasing more than one fitted sheet to alternate between uses. Alternatively, some of our customers like to use a flat sheet tucked under the mattress instead of a fitted sheet as this reduces strain on the linen.
 
To ensure your linen bedding lasts a number of years, we recommend you follow our care instructions and follow the European mentality of ‘one set on the bed, one set on the line’ to reduce wear.


Caring for your Marais Robe

Our Marais robe is produced from 100% combed cotton. It can be machine washed on a warm cycle (up to 40C) and then simply hung on a coat hanger to dry. Warm iron if desired. Remove the tie belt before washing.


Caring for Silk Velvet Cushions

Our unique cushions are handmade in Turkey from vintage silk velvet fabric, with 100% linen backing. They have an invisible zipper closure for easy removal of the insert should the cover require cleaning. We recommend dry cleaning these delicate fabrics to preserve their beauty.


A note on our colours

Please be aware that the colour we call Black is not a solid black that you would see on less textured fabrics. As the linen is stone washed after dyeing, the colour becomes more muted and will look like a very dark charcoal in some lights.
 
Please note, our Natural coloured linen is not put through the same dyeing process as our other colours. As a result, there may be slight variations in our Natural colour between seasons, also, the fabric is more textured compared to our dyed colours.