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28 July 2015

HOW HOT ARE YOU...??

Posted in Your Comfort

The Compromise

No, this is not a trick question from the Linen Drawer team! We really want to know, because….
if you or your partner are really “hot,” then we might have a unique product that might be perfect for you.

A while ago, one of our good customers came to us with an unusual request. I want to sleep in warm, snuggly, brushed cotton winter sheets,
but my husband prefers sleeping in your quality, smooth, pure cotton percale bedlinen. “Can you produce a flat and fitted sheet using warm, snuggly,
brushed cotton winter sheeting on the one side and on the other side, your quality 200 thread count pure cotton percale sheeting?”
Naturally we did just that. We call it “The Compromise.”

These fitted sheets are produced with one half made from pure cotton warm winter sheeting and the other half made using 200 t/c Pure Cotton Percale. 
The method behind this apparent madness, is that not everybody feels equally cold in bed. When sharing a bed with someone who feels less cold,
 it makes sense for them to be sleeping on the crisp cooler percale side of the sheet, and those who feel the cold more, sleep on the warm, snuggly brushed cotton side. 

At Linen Drawer we like finding solutions to problems such as this,
and can recommend this product as a solution to the cry that we frequently hear:  “My spouse is too hot!!!!!”

 

 

03 June 2015

Little more on Hinterveld

Posted in Blankets and throws

“Mohair, or as most people know it, “Hinterveld Mohair” is known for being the world’s most beautiful and sought-after sustainable natural resources.
At Hinterveld we pay tribute to this AWESOME gift from nature with thoughtful,
inspired design and meticulous attention to detail in the crafting of all our mohair products... And people wonder why we’re the best!

This passionate outlook embodies Hinterveld’s luxurious premium ranges of Mohair blankets,
scarves and throws with beauty, integrity and the softest warmth.
So don’t be surprised to discover a natural desire to take a Hinterveld Mohair product home with you…” - As quoted from the Hinterveld Website

Hinterveld is made up of a team of the most dedicated mohair weavers.
As part of the Stucken Group, an international leader in mohair buying, trading and processing,
Hinterveld has access to the vast wealth of experience acquired by the Stucken Group’s commitment to premium mohair in South Africa since 1951.

With the most amazing range of stock, and a ability to manufacture specific orders to their client’s individual requirements,
 Hinterveld aims to develop long-term relationships with a growing customer base, which shares our enthusiasm for this remarkable natural product.

Obviously very aware of their surroundings, Hinterveld is committed to playing a meaningful part in the community.
To this end they are constantly involved in developing and exploring new and dynamic ways in which they are able to involve the less fortunate members of they’re society,
 in order to improve their circumstances by creating opportunities that promote dignity and self worth.

13 May 2015

Fight those Winter chills . . . Brrrrrr

Posted in Duvets & Pillows

Special offer on our featured Duvet Inners

Winter is finally on the way. While many of the days are still lovely and warm, the evening chill starts soon after sunset and getting out of bed in the morning is just that little bit more difficult...

At Linen Drawer, we want to ensure that every night's sleep is a good one!
We have put together a range of duvets, from the superb Sanders range of duvets to the Linen Drawer 50% Duck down as well as the Microfibre range. All of these ranges are top quality products and offers value for money.

Here is some info on our first featured product ;)

Sanders:
Sanders fabric are made from natural raw materials, taking environmental standards into account. To maintain the high quality of Sanders fabrics, yarns out of long staple cotton are used exclusively. Properties such as skin-friendliness of the precious down- and fibre fabrics as well as more than 120 years of experience in fabric finishing make Sanders quality fabrics unique in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Linen Drawer featured duvets will be posted on the next blog... Watch this space..."

 

11 March 2015

The perfect baby present

Posted in Baby and Child

Looking for that perfect gift for the littlest member of the family?
Look no further. In this article we're inspiring you with our range of soft, safe,
natural and beautiful baby blankets - a stunning gift for any baby.
Whether you go organic, woolly or traditional, feel inspired by our stunning colour
ways and textures and make a baby very happy this month.
Shop these beauties online today.

These Baby Horizon Throws are knitted using pure cotton yarns that are extremely hard wearing,
yet completely luxurious. Being pure cotton, they are produced from natural fibres that are hypoallergenic and healthy.
These throws are produced in soft colours ideal for baby.

This product is a baby friendly version of our Horizon Pure Cotton Throws which are available in a range of colours…
are versatile and can be used throughout the home as a practical summer / autumn throw or as a decorative add-on to your décor at any time of the year.
Produced in South Africa, these throws are machine washable and can be tumble dried.
They were awarded a finalist position in the latest Fairlady consumer awards in the household category.

26 February 2015

History of Cotton

Posted in General Information

Part 2

In Iran (Persia), the history of cotton dates back to the Achaemenid era (5th century BC); however,
there are few sources about the planting of cotton in pre-Islamic Iran.
The planting of cotton was common in Merv, Ray and Pars of Iran. In the poems of Persian poets,
especially Ferdowsi's Shahname, there are references to cotton ("panbe" in Persian).
Marco Polo (13th century) refers to the major products of Persia, including cotton.
John Chardin, a French traveler of 17th century, who had visited the Safavid Persia,
has approved the vast cotton farms of Persia.
During the Han dynasty, cotton was grown by non Chinese peoples in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.
In Peru, cultivation of the indigenous cotton species Gossypium barbadense was the backbone of the development of coastal cultures,
such as the Norte Chico, Moche and Nazca. Cotton was grown upriver,
made into nets and traded with fishing villages along the coast for large supplies of fish.
The Spanish who came to Mexico and Peru in the early 16th century found the people growing cotton and wearing clothing made of it.
During the late medieval period, cotton became known as an imported fiber in northern Europe,
without any knowledge of how it was derived, other than that it was a plant.
Because Herodotus had written in his Histories, Book III, 106, that in India trees grew in the wild producing wool,
it was assumed that the plant was a tree, rather than a shrub. This aspect is retained in the name for cotton in several Germanic languages,
such as German Baumwolle, which translates as "tree wool" (Baum means "tree"; Wolle means "wool"). Noting its similarities to wool,
people in the region could only imagine that cotton must be produced by plant-borne sheep. John Mandeville, writing in 1350, stated as fact the now-preposterous belief:
"There grew there [India] a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie."
(See Vegetable Lamb of Tartary.) By the end of the 16th century, cotton was cultivated throughout the warmer regions in Asia and the Americas.

India's cotton-processing sector gradually declined during British expansion in India and the establishment of colonial rule during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
This was largely due to aggressive colonialist mercantile policies of the British East India Company, which made cotton processing and manufacturing workshops in India uncompetitive.
Indian markets were increasingly forced to supply only raw cotton and were forced, by British-imposed law, to purchase manufactured textiles from Britain.

18 February 2015

The History of Cotton

Posted in General Information

Part 1

Cotton was used in the Old World at least 7,000 years ago (5th millennium BC).
Evidence of cotton use has been found at the site of Mehrgarh,
where early cotton threads have been preserved in copper beads.
Cotton cultivation became more widespread during the Indus Valley Civilization, w
hich covered parts of modern eastern Pakistan and northwestern India.
The Indus cotton industry was well developed and some methods used in cotton spinning and fabrication continued to be used until the industrialization of India.
Between 2000 and 1000 BC cotton became widespread across much of India.
For example, it has been found at the site of Hallus in Karnataka dating from around 1000 BC.

Cotton fabrics discovered in a cave near Tehuacán, Mexico have been dated to around 5800 BC,
although it is difficult to know for certain due to fiber decay.
Other sources date the domestication of cotton in Mexico to approximately 5000 to 3000 BC.
The Greeks and the Arabs were not familiar with cotton until the Wars of Alexander the Great,
as his contemporary Megasthenes told Seleucus I Nicator of "there being trees on which wool grows" in "Indica".
This might actually be a reference to the 'tree cotton', Gossypium arboreum, which is a native of the Indian subcontinent.
According to the Columbia Encyclopedia:

Cotton has been spun, woven, and dyed since prehistoric times.
It clothed the people of ancient India, Egypt, and China.
Hundreds of years before the Christian era,
cotton textiles were woven in India with matchless skill,
and their use spread to the Mediterranean countries.

Picking Cotton in Oklahoma, USA, in the 1890's.

09 February 2015

February. . . The Month of Love

Posted in Your Comfort, Bathroom

February is the month of love… Valentine’s Day is on Saturday 14 February and while there are many ways to celebrate this special day,
from supper out or time spent together with your partner,
to receiving / giving gifts that “express how you feel” for that special person in your life.
Gifts range from an exquisite single red rose to the car of your dreams…and much in between.

We have a great product that might be the perfect, unique gift for you and your partner..
So why not spoil each other this Valentine’s Day with matching Egyptian Cotton Gowns...?

Egyptian Cotton Bath Robe for him and her:
These gowns are manufactured by Linen Drawer from brilliant white,
 sateen weave, pure combed Egyptian cotton in a 400 thread count percale construction.
The gowns are luxurious! The fabric has a smooth satiny surface and a soft fabric drape that is inviting to the touch.
Manicure length sleeves (3/4 length), perfect for men and women and available in S, M, L & XL. 

These products are manufactured in South Africa by Linen Drawer from top quality pure Egyptian cotton fabric.
Indulge your senses. Buy your pure cotton bathrobe today! 

05 February 2015

Looking for that Perfect Valentine's Day surprise.?

Posted in General Information

Well, Look no further!!!

Where do you escape to when you need to relax and rejuvenate???

Your bedroom is the place where you can cocoon yourself in luxurious bed linen and relax and recharge.
If ever there was a room in your home that needed to be uniquely yours, your bedroom would be it.

Valentine’s Day is a special day.
A day when who knows what surprises might come your way.
A red rose placed on your desk? A hand written note or a beautiful card to tell you how special you are?
We would LOVE to hear your stories about this Valentine’s or any other Valentine’s Day.
Please share them with us….

If you want to make your bedroom that unique, special place this Valentine’s Day…..
that luxurious little piece of heaven, we can help.
Linen Drawer produces a host of top quality bed linen and offer a large selection of bedding and accessories that can help you do just that.

Our quality bed linen is manufactured in a variety of colours and fabrics….
crisp, plain weave, satin like feel….pure combed cotton percale in a range of different thread counts.
What these ranges have in common though, is that they are all absolutely luxurious!

Make climbing into bed at night, the highlight of your day!

 

Cotton is a pure, natural fabric! Cool in summer and warm in winter, it is long lasting and supremely comfortable.
It also does not pill (make little balls on the surface of the fabric).

 

These products are manufactured in South Africa by Linen Drawer from top quality pure cotton percale fabric.

 

19 January 2015

Why we are mad about Bamboo Towels...

Posted in Bathroom

In addition to being made from our eco-efficient friend bamboo,
soft and silky bamboo towels carry several benefits that make them more superior
(in our humble opinion) to cotton towels. In addition to being a green raw material,
bamboo makes soft and luxurious bath and kitchen towels.
If you’re even considering making the swap to bamboo towels,
just glance at the list below and you’ll be completely convinced.

Soft & Silky:


Bamboo fabric is an incredibly soft and silky material, often compared to cashmere or silk.
Towels made from bamboo viscose have an incredibly soft texture,
making them ideal for drying off after a bath or shower!
Protect your sensitive skin with a plush bamboo towel instead of using one made of scratchy cotton.

Hypoallergenic:


It is relatively well known that bamboo is a hypoallergenic material that is able to resist mold,
mildew, and even pests. Chemicals and pesticides are not needed to help it grow,
so the resulting fabric doesn’t contain the harsh toxins that often irritate the skin.
As a plant-based material, it does not carry lanolin, which is one of the main reasons individuals have allergic reactions to towels,
sheets, and clothing. These qualities make bamboo towels a great choice for babies, as well as those with allergies or sensitive skin.

Anti - Bacterial:


These claims go back and forth, and studies are still in the works,
but reports have shown that 100% bamboo sheets and towels retain the anti-bacterial qualities of the live bamboo plant.
Towels are known to be a hothouse for bacteria, mold, and mildew,
so an ideal solution would be to create a material that rejects those very pathogens and allergens,
which is precisely what you get with bamboo towels!

Highly Absorbent:

This may be the best feature of bamboo towels to date.
In addition to being plush and comfortable, the soft material is highly absorbent!
It’s frustrating to pick up a towel to find it still damp from yesterday’s shower,
but with bamboo towels, that is no longer a problem. The high absorbency means it takes a whole lotta water to make it feel damp.
Additionally, bamboo fiber retains the moisture-wicking properties of the plant in nature,
meaning your towel is always dry and ready for you.

Thermo - Regulating:

Bamboo is known for its ability to grow in a wide variety of climates,
partially due to its temperature adaptability. Fortunately, this quality is retained in the fabric,
making the bamboo towels and robes capable of adapting to the temperature of your bathroom,
keeping you comfortably warm or cool any time of the year.

Biodegradable:


Most naturally renewable textile materials are biodegradable,
but towels and linens are often blended with synthetic fabrics,
which sit in a landfill. Bamboo towels are great for the environment
because they are completely biodegradable at the end of their domestic lives.
The cellulose fibers will naturally decompose when exposed to sunlight,
and 100% bamboo towels can actually be composted to disintegrate completely into the earth.

Resistant to Pilling:


There’s nothing like pulling out your favorite soft and plush towel to instead find a shadow of its former glory.
Fortunately, bamboo towels are more resistant to pilling than their cotton counterparts, and retain their plush comfort longer.
Bamboo towels are great for the bathroom, but are just as good for the kitchen.
With their highly absorbent, yet quick-drying capabilities, you can dry dishes or clean up a spill lickity split!
Additionally, the anti-microbial qualities are great to have in the kitchen.
You can replace your disposable paper towels with reusable bamboo dish towels to reduce your carbon footprint on this planet we all call home.

 

12 January 2015

History of Bamboo Bath Towels

Posted in Bathroom

How bath towels originated and more recently bamboo bath towels?

Towels that we all use were actually first woven in modern day Bursa, Turkey in the 18th century.
These towels were hand woven, making a minimum of only 3-4 towels per day.
After the Industrial Revolution towels became a lot less expensive to produce and today
Turkey has an annual production of about 100 000 tons.


In more recent years hand loomed Real Bamboo and Organic Cotton Towels are being produced and they are the ultimate in luxury.
Bamboo fabric is highly absorbent, naturally antibacterial and luxuriously soft, dries faster than cotton.

 

25 November 2014

Why Egyptian Cotton???

Posted in General Information

Why choose it???

Now, if we’re honest, most of us have at some point in our lives been confronted with the ‘facts’ around Egyptian Cotton
and wondered about how this compares to normal Upland cotton as it is referred to in the industry.
You may have read up about the choices too, but did you really understand what it’s about? Is there merit in all the fuss? Lets see...

On the technical side: Egyptian Cotton is a cultivar of cotton known as Pima cotton and is originally grown in North & South America and in Egypt.
It is generally known that Pima (Egyptian) cotton has on average, a longer length and strength in the fibre than normal cotton.
It stands to reason therefore that it should be superior in strength and also more durable that normal cotton.
This is where the interesting part comes in…. Far from going into all the nitty-gritty details of the manufacturing process,
the short and sweet of it is that there are many factors that affect the final outcome of the quality of the fabric.
If the manufacturing process is not controlled correctly, more damage than good can be done to the end product.
What is the point of knowing this you might ask? Well, you should be able to make an informed decision when purchasing bedding,
especially when considering whether or not to buy Egyptian cotton. If you want to make climbing into bed at night the highlight of your day, then this is very important.
The reality is that today there are many options where normal cotton will give you as long a lifespan as Egyptian cotton and sometimes even longer.
It is very difficult to know the difference as it is, so our advice is to suggest that you make sure that you buy your bed linen from a reputable supplier.
Naturally, take your preference into account, as most Egyptian cotton bedding is made in a sateen weave, giving it that beautiful smooth surface.
If you prefer the crisp feel of cotton, remember that a good 200- or 300T/C normal pure cotton percale will serve you just as well.
There certainly is a space for both in the market.
Finally, be alert, ask questions, and enjoy your choice in the end.
Either way, knowing your options will help you make the best choice for you.

 

 

11 November 2014

Egyptian Cotton Bath Robes in 400 Thread count.

Posted in Your Comfort, Bathroom

These gowns are manufactured from brilliant white, sateen weave, pure combed Egyptian cotton. The gowns are luxurious!
The fabric has a smooth satiny surface and a soft fabric drape that is inviting to the touch. Manicure length sleeves (3/4 length),
perfect for men and women available in S, M, L & XL.

Add a satin stitch trim in Silver grey, Muted gold, Taupe, Duck Egg, Black or Navy
(the satin stitch trim goes all around the border of the gown from the one side of the hem up around the neck and down the other side to the other hem).
These products are manufactured in South Africa by Linen Drawer from top quality pure Egyptian cotton fabric.
Indulge your senses. Buy your pure cotton bathrobe today! Once you have it on, you may not want to take it off!

Cotton is a pure, natural fabric! Cool in summer and warm in winter. It is long lasting and supremely comfortable. It also does not pill
(make little balls on the surface of the fabric).

25 September 2014

Duck Egg Blue - Pure Cotton Throws

Posted in Blankets and throws

Ask anyone who knows us what our favourite colour is and they will probably give you the same answer…

Blue! Our current favourite blues to decorate with are the Duck Egg shades of blue that are so versatile and calming,
especially when paired with the greyer tones and powdery shades as shown in the image below, which are perfect for creating a relaxed,
cool environment which works amazingly when decorating your bedroom.
Please let us know what you think of this cool, calm room…..



These Horizon Pure Cotton Throws are knitted using pure cotton yarns that are extremely hard wearing, yet completely luxurious.
Being pure cotton, they are produced from natural fibres that are hypo-allergenic and healthy. These throws are versatile and can be used
throughout the home as a practical summer / autumn throw or as a decorative add-on to your décor at any time of the year.Produced in South Africa,
these throws are machine washable and tumble dry-able.




25 September 2014

Duck Egg Blue Towels

Posted in Bathroom

Mix and Match your Bed & Bath linen...

Add a touch of sophistication to your bathroom with these top quality, great value towels from our great value range of essentials bed and bath items.
In Duck Egg Blue (called Aqua-fur Blue on our website), these Towels are super-absorbent, quick drying and incredibly soft to the touch.

This range of towels is produced by Glodina (South Africa) from pure cotton and are referred to by the manufacturer as "A luxury 10 year towel."
They weigh 625g/sq.m and are thick, soft and thirsty. They are not snag proof, but are ultra durable and would be ideal in the most upmarket bathroom,
be that in your home or in a luxury top end hotel.



 

 

25 September 2014

Wrap yourself in Luxury with our Gorgeous Duck egg Blue beddding.

Posted in Bed Linen

Available to Buy online Today...

Perfect for bringing elegance into your master bedroom or for making your guests feel pampered, our opulent duck egg blue bedding will look absolutely stunning
while providing you with a wonderful night’s sleep. The subtle beauty of our duck egg blue shade can be highlighted by intricate embroidery, making it the perfect addition
to your contemporary or traditional decor.



How about using our beautiful designer range bed-linen which uses the classic combination of pale blue (duck egg blue) and white.
Then mix in some dark wood, classy lampshades and you have “the look.”

Designer Range - Opulence - Duck Egg (Cotton Percale)



These unique product ranges have been designed by the Linen Drawer design team. A combination of modern styling and classical elegance,
these ranges are produced from 200 thread count, pure cotton percale fabrics with pure cotton percale cuffs (or aspects),
creating unique design effects on these duvet cover sets.

Designer Range - Paradigm - Duck Egg (Cotton Percale)



These unique product ranges have been designed by the Linen Drawer design team.
A combination of modern styling and classical elegance, these ranges are produced from 200 thread count,
pure cotton percale fabrics with pure cotton percale cuffs (or aspects), creating unique design effects on these duvet cover sets.

Both are available from the Linen Drawer online shop www.linendrawer.co.za today.

Delivery of any item purchased from our website is free to anywhere in S.A.






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