26 June, 2008

Offering an outstanding welcome

Moving scenes, sincere hospitality, simple and genuine kitchen, peasant details and at the same time searched. Those are only some of the reasons that drive an always bigger number of persons choosing to pass their own vacations in farm holidays and Bed & Breakfast, full loads of colours of a fascinating nature, made of scents and silence, unique sensations and always less visited.  Refinded rooms, obtained in ancient dwellings in the centre of big cities;  atmospheres rich of suggestions, sophisticated details in order to offer stays in maximum comfort. 

To give a high acceptance on purpose, where to stay to take time or to revive again the moments of the passed day. Little , intimate and receiving like at home. To guarantee to own hosts relaxing moments  to enjoy the contact directed with  nature also in our own room. Everything always accompanied with a comfort of luxury, simple and at the same time refined, minimal but, also searched. To find all this in the embrace of a sheet, the candor of a pillowcase, or the detail of a napkin, rigorously natural in the colours and the materials. Rigorously in pure linen.

La similitudine

      The sea - or yes or no - was not laughed in bottom, 

      … blue like the flower of the linen.

Gabriele D'Annunzio

Filicudi: the new table linen

Pure lines with a delicate retro touch, informal and unwrapped elegance. Scents and colours of nature inspire the new Line for the table: Filicudi. The tones of the sky in spring for this fresh and blue linen. Striped on soft and light linens from the nostalgic flavour for our table cloths, perfect for lunches in open air, informal but with class. Runner for breakfasts or for a snack at the terrace. The certain and much beloved tea towel, always useful and an indispensable accessory for important glasses, ideal in order to dry without leaving annoying "bits". Very soon, to accompany this appreciate advance of our collection spring summer, other table cloths and accessories in the colours red, ecru and green pistache nut. 
Naturally made in italy, rigorously 100% Pure Linen.

The new colours of linen

With the arrival of the spring, is pleased to propose you the new colours of the linen… 
Without abandoning the three dominant colours of our collections (white, natural and black), we have decided to introduce you fantasies and nuance always in sign of simplicity and refinement. 

Briefly we’ll introduce a new line table, perfect for breakfasts outside, grilled in the garden and why not… also for a classy picnic! In the meantime for those who want to take delight in ‘do-it-yourself’, we have inserted in the category fabrics, various new articles and colours available per meter. It stretches, table cloths, accessories… now you will be able to acquire the more apt woven one, in many colours and fantasies. 

Rigorously Made in Italy, 100% linen and compound linen.  


Luxury is free time ..... Between frenzy and daily engagement, the tyrannous time and the appointments of routine, luxury is a pause. A moment to dedicate to yourself while tasting a coffee, exchanging some words with a friendly person or to grant a whim for the pure satisfaction of a pleasure. Luxury is surrounding you with little daily pleasures or sharing with few intimates. Taking care of yourself with calmness and without haste…. A warm bath, a scent of spray in which dipping yourself, listening to a relaxing CD and to enjoy the intimacy of your own house. Playing in bed with our kids without taking care of time that passes… Simple gestures and little details: the washing of fresh linen, the softness of a sponge that sweetly wraps us after a relaxing shower, a pleasant and comfortable bed, where to rest and abandon the rituals of everyday life for some hours. The pleasure of purity and the simplicity to calmly enjoy our home in safety.

Photo ©Vesna Kupresanin 


Sleep tight

To sleep well is the better way to recharge oneself in healthier and more natural way. The sleep re-establishes our balance and our energies, favouring the immune system. They are worth always the many extolled rules of gold, feeding, physical activity, etc, but to sleep well, to live better day by day, a good bed is indispensable, also as structure and as linen: bedspreads, pillowcases, sheets and eiderdown. For a natural sleep of quality the linen must be sufficient. In reality the sheet coincides with the linen: the word in fact, derived from the Latin: linteolum, linen cloth, and no other woven texture for the night is more hygienic and healthy. For the sleep, an essential moment in anyone’s life, a moment to relax and of liberation, nothing is better than linen: it is hygroscopic, which means it can absorb liquids till 20% of its weight. This means to maintain our dry and fresh body. It is thermostatic: during winter the linen sheet acts as heat conductor, because the capture from blankets transmitts it to our body. During summer instead, the pillowcase and sheet absorb the heat they disperse in the environment. 

It seems that one Italian on five suffers from disturbances of sleep and 14% of chronic insomnia. But recent studies defined that insomnia is not a lack of sleep, but an unsatisfactory sleep, which is the lack of well-being which we should experience while awakening..


The ecological detergents

When we talk about detergents, unfortunately who suffers the most, is the environment. Till a few years ago, to do the laundry we used ash, wrapped up in a piece of cotton, that served as a filter in order not to disperse and not to immerse in the water together with the washing heads. Sometimes they also add some leafs in order to give it a little perfume.

The industrial progress of the last century and the consequent economic development have caused a remarkable increase in one of the most precious assets: w a t e r.

Today’s detergents contain chemical components that, if present in high concentration, can be harmful for human health and the delicate balances of our ecosystem. Since many years companies manufacturers of ecological detergents have searched to obtain effective products, but not noxious for the environment; the result is that the ecological detergents have the same effectiveness of those of petrochemical origin and the differences are indeed amazing. The active tension of the ecological detergents, are obtained from palm and coconut oil and replace the active tension derived from the oil. The microelements, essential oils, replace the synthetic scents, cause of many allergies.

It is necessary to consider that a relation exists, scientifically tried, between using detergents and the health of the skin. It is often stretched to ignore that the detergents remain legacies, although the rinsing, the washing heads, in order then to emit their aggressiveness no more on the dirt, but on the skin.

Therefore we have thought to test some ecological detergents on our heads in linen. The result surprised us. The washed heads were soft and cleaned up. The perfume was absolutely delicate and neutral. Only a small amount is necessary to obtain a good yield. We invite You to read this exhausting guide that explains you the differences between these detergents and those of common use. It will make you think on the fact that using some sagacity must be sufficient. in the gestures that appear daily, in order to improve and to protect our environment that encircles us. 

Thanks to Officina Naturae to that it has allowed to publish and to wite this us post and from which they have been acquired the products for the tests

15 June, 2008

A splendid bloom

The plant of linen is a simple plant, little striking but gracious, belonging to the family of Linacee, which contains 22 kinds and more than 200 sorts, but only one, Linum usitatissimum, is cultivated and used for the fibre. His habitat is the temporate zones of Europe, from the nord to the mediterranean: IrelandFranceBelgiumSpainEgypt and Italy. The sowing-time is between the 19th and the 25th of march: so less than a week to put the little seed in the ground until the days of autumn. And than waiting. A hundred days more or less to see the little plant grow. The steel is thin and about 70 to 100 cm high. The flower can vary from pure blu to rose or white. When it reaches maturity inside a capsule is formed in which you can find more or less 20 seeds.


The seeds are very little, flat, brown-coloured and light: 1000 seeds weigh 4 to 6 grams and are rich of oil: another gift of this beneficent plant. But the true texture of linen is in the steel in which you can find the textile fibre.

At the moment of harvest the plant is uprooted and the steel is submitted to soaking in big reservoirs with heated water at 37 degrees for 48 hours. One time this process takes 8 days, it begins in the ground where the steels have contact with dawn, or in appropriate reservoirs or in running water, with anxiety, the waitings of these human beings, who have the knowledge of this steels to decide when the moment is arrived to pull the linen out of the water.


After the soaking process the wrapping of the fibres is untied from the wooden part. Today this process succeeds mechanically, but for a long time it had been a tiring handwork, that needed to be followed with attention, when the seeds were most precious and yielded the most.


In general, with 1000 kg of soaked linen you receive more or less 150 kg of long fibres, 40 kg of flax, and about 110 kg of linen seeds.


The fibres then are spined, woven, eventually colorated and transformed in the precious tissue.


            Splendid and indestructible like gold…

                        Simple and indispensable like bread…

Cit. "Fior di Lino" di Giovanna Bergamaschi Ed. Idea Libri 1985 

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There is linen and linen

Many times we’ve heard the question if our linen pricks.

Infact often some  products with label ‘100 % linen’ in reality are produced with another fibre that calls Ramiè. The difference between the two threads is big. The linen (Linum usitatissimum) is cultivated in Europe, while the Ramiè Boehmeria is of asian origine. It makes part of the family of Urticacee. This is the first reason why often a tissue, sold like linen, is something completely different than soft, but rigid and vitreous… almost irritating. But how to recognize a tissue in real linen?


Linen is above all gratifying, warm and soft in contact and is characterized by these grains (technically it is called ‘flames’) irregular and evident. The tissue of Ramiè is smooth, rigid and cold. The thread is regular, almost like cotton. The flames are scarce and less evident. It has an accentuated tendency in hairiness, also for simple rubbing  or washing.


Unnecessary to say that our linen doesn’t prick…

The future is bio

Recently the exchange of Pitti Filati has been closed, where the dominant theme was the new tendency in ecological luxury.

Everything begins with the special cultivation of the material before obtaining the thread: organic cotton, stinging nettle, soy, broom, corn, hemp, bamboo, bio linen, and that we meet the most: fibres of milk.

The process of dyeing is completely natural and uses only elements like berries ( bilberry, nuts, chestnuts ) roots, leafs and flowers (marigold, hollyhock.. ), species ( liquorice ) and many other products that you can find in nature. The dyeings do not content chemical additives and have good characteristics in resistance and durability in washing and against light.

This new trend,  provided with a careful ‘Made in Italy’, contains a new concept of luxury, made of new textures, soft, with delicate colours and precious harmony like nature itself.

But also out of respect for humankind and nature that surrounds him.

Thinking of our own healthiness defending skin allergies and permitting to breathe in syntonizing with nature.

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