There are so many influences on Rough Linen™.

I have always wanted to recreate the linens from my grandmother’s house in Scotland and from vintage textiles I found in France.  It took years of searching to discover the traditionally woven coarse linen fabric I use in my range of bedding.

I have always gravitated to natural fabrics: wool, cotton, linen. For years I lived near Ian Mankin’s iconic shop in Primrose Hill in London and loved every fabric he stocked, including a double-width linen sheeting now sadly discontinued. Ian’s natural weaves and stripes are timeless.

Working with beautiful materials has simplified my taste and complicated my life, because I am always looking for the definitive texture, or weave, or color. When I found this linen I recognized its beauty immediately, and as I work with it I appreciate its virtues more and more: easy care, relative stability, strength, straight grain, wonderful texture.

You know those signs in France, 'le patron mange ici'?

Well, la patronne dort ici: I don't just stand by my product, I sleep in it...

My duvet: an Orkney Rough Linen™ Queen.

My pillow: Smooth White Pillow Slip

Behind me: an American Orkney Sham

My sheet is, of course: a Smooth White Linen sheet.

I always cut to the thread for accuracy and fold the fabric as precisely as origami before sewing so my minimal seaming is exact. See me cutting here.
Gutermann thread, YKK invisible zippers, and the simplest buttons – but the search and the temptation goes on. I am thrilled to have commissioned a finer textured wide linen sheeting (which I call Smooth Linen, unless someone suggests a better name!) which is now available for sheets, pillow slips and duvets.  Fabric samples are available now, just ask.