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Larsen Vintage Linen Fabric L8854-04 Stone
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Larsen Vintage Linen Fabric*

L8854-04 Stone k3

£22.50
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric F111/7027LU White on Charcoal
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric

F111/7027LU White on Charcoal

£99.00
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric F111/7026LU Black on White
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric

F111/7026LU Black on White

£99.00
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric F111/7025LU White on Soft Grey
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Cole & Son Woods Linen Fabric

F111/7025LU White on Soft Grey

£99.00
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Cole & Son Flamingos Linen Fabric F111/3011LU White & Fuchsia on Taupe
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Cole & Son Flamingos Linen Fabric

F111/3011LU White & Fuchsia on Taupe

£99.00
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Cole & Son Flamingos Linen Fabric F111/3010LU White & Fuchsia on Seafoam
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Cole & Son Flamingos Linen Fabric

F111/3010LU White & Fuchsia on Seafoam

£99.00
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric F111/2007LU Olive Green on White
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric

F111/2007LU Olive Green on White

£99.00
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric F111/2006LU Hyacinth on White
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric

F111/2006LU Hyacinth on White

£99.00
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric F111/2005LU Teal & Viridian on Chalk
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric

F111/2005LU Teal & Viridian on Chalk

£99.00
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric F111/2004LU Viridian & Petrol on Charcoal
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric

F111/2004LU Viridian & Petrol on Charcoal

£99.00
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric F111/2003LU Ochre & Petrol
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Cole & Son Palm Jungle Linen Fabric

F111/2003LU Ochre & Petrol

£99.00
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Radley Cotton Linen Pearl

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Pearl A10

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Parchment

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Parchment A13

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Granite

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Granite A11

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Ochre

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Ochre A13

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Plume Grey

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Plume Grey A10

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Charcoal

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Charcoal A11

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Fossil

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Fossil A12

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Marine

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Marine A13

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Nautical

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Nautical A11

£19.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Fabric Burnt Sienna

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Burnt Sienna A12

£14.50
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Radley Cotton Linen Grey

Radley Cotton Linen Fabric

Grey A12

£19.50
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Colefax & Fowler Hamble Linen Fabric* F3918/04 Charcoal

Colefax & Fowler Hamble Linen Fabric*

F3918/04 Charcoal

£24.50
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Linen Upholstery Fabric

We have both plain and printed linens for upholstery. Some of them are heavyweight and durable and are suitable for general upholstery so pieces of furniture used frequently. We also stock lightweight linen fabrics which are ideal for chairs not used often so dining room chairs, footstools, bedroom chairs and decorative pieces of furniture.

Linen is usually an expensive textile, and is produced in relatively small quantities.  It is a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant (latin name is Linum usitatissimum) and is labor-intensive to manufacture.  It can be woven into many different designs and is a beautiful natural fabric to use for curtains as well as upholstery. Lighter weight linens are fabric household goods, such as pillowcases and towels. Textiles in a linen-weave texture, even when made of cotton, hemp and other non-flax fibres are also loosely referred to as "linen".

History

Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years. Fragments of straw, seeds, fibres, yarns, and various types of fabrics which date back to about 8000 BC have been found in Swiss lake dwellings. Dyed flax fibres found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000  woven from hand spun yarns, were very fine for their day, but are coarse compared to modern linen.

We sell both fire retardant fabrics and fabrics that are not fire retardant. Some fabrics, whilst being suitable for upholstery with regards to fabric weight, it may require treating to the relevant British Safety Standard if you are to use your chosen fabric to cover furniture or other items in the home. Alternatively you could use a flame retardant barrier cloth with your chosen fabric when doing upholstery.

We always recommend that you dry clean our linen upholstery fabric at a specialist dry cleaners.

All our linen fabrics are available both online and in store from our fabric warehouse in Northamptonshire.