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Cotton vs. Linen: What's the Difference?

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Linen (pictured above) and cotton, both natural vegetable fibers, make great materials for blankets and throws. Both fibers are absorbent, durable and become softer with use. Even with all of their similarities, there are some significant differences between the two fibers that may help you choose the right fabric for you.


Harvested from cotton plants, the cotton fiber tends to wrinkle less than linen. Known for being softer and warmer, cotton holds its elasticity wash after wash. Cotton blankets also tend to feel more substantial.

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From the flax plant, linen is typically a little smoother than cotton - it is a bast fiber, similar to hemp. An incredibly strong fiber, linen feels cooler than many other fabrics. It also weighs less and has more texture. We have a large library of posts with information about linen -see our linen archives here

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Linen Towels

There’s nothing wrong with traditional towels, per se. It’s just that most towels are made from cotton, which isn’t quite as adept at absorbing liquid as, say, a linen towel.

What's better than a blend?

Don't discount linen/cotton blankets, with the familiarity of cotton and the breathability of linen. Also see linen / cotton throws

Cotton and Linen Textiles

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  • Don
    posted on March 26, 2015


    Cotton is not good for cold weather clothing because it makes you colder when wet. Wool keeps you warm when it is wet.
    Will linen keep you warm when wet?

    • Brahms Mount
      posted on March 27, 2015

      Linen will not keep you warm when wet. But funnily it is used to insulated heat.

      Wool will keep you warm when wet. It has the physical/mechanical property of getting warmer when wet. called heat of wetting.

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