About Us | Linea Casa

About Us

Australia's premium manufacturer of Fine Linens - Since 1990

The history of Linea Casa dates back almost 50 years to Southern Italy, where most young girls were taught the art of preparing items of beautiful linen for their Glory box. This time honoured process was taught by the Sisters of St. Vincent De Paul to the girls in the village of Ragusa Ibla.

These young girls would start these classes at the tender age of 5, and by age 18, they enjoyed a unique array of bed and table linen milled in beautiful cotton and linen fabrics. The finishing and detailing of these fine fabrics was of paramount importance, as these linens were to become their family heirlooms.

At Linea Casa we are continuing on this fine old tradition by making our products with the same care and attention to detail and by using European fabrics of the highest quality.

Almost all of our fabrics are imported from Italy, and raw materials are harvested predominately from Egypt. This combination of Egyptian cotton and the skills developed over centuries by the Italian textiles houses results in providing household fabrics of unbeatable quality.

FAQ

How do I care for my linens?

Proper care of linens will ensure that you will get many years of use from them. In order to assure their long life, alternate your sheets on a regular basis. Three sets are normally enough. One set on the bed, one set in the wash and one set in the linen cabinet. Always wash your linens with a non-chlorine liquid detergent. Wash in gentle cycle with warm water.  TIP - to minimise your ironing, rewash the sheets in a delicate cycle without detergent. Always line dry.Tumble drying reduces the life span of your linens.

What is thread count?

Thread count is a term used to measure the quality of cotton fabrics for bed linen. Thread count is the number of thread between the warp and the weft (horizontal and vertical threads) in a square inch. A magnifying pick glass, which measures one square inch is used to count the number of threads. Nowdays, when a 1000 thread count is advertised, it is in most cases a 1000 threads into an area of 8 to 10 centimeters square instead of a square inch. There are just over 15 square inches into a10 centimetres square.

Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the smoother and finer the fabric. However, in addition to thread count  the base fiber and the size and quality of the yarn are just as important. For instance, percalle fabric is only 220 thread count but feels smoother than mill brands with the same or higher thread count. 

Why do sheets lose their sheen after the first wash?

Cotton sateen sheets will at first wash lose their sheen and silkiness. Ironing will smooth the fibres and regain the luxury sheen of the fabric.

Too confusing? The golden rule is trust your hands! If the product comes from reputable manufacturer, and it feels good, BUY IT!.

Why linen sheets instead of cotton sheets?

Literally the oldest luxury fibre, linen textiles have been used in households for more than ten thousand years. Today, a special secret shared by discerning people around the world is: pure linen sheets not only become softer and more lustrous with every use, but wicks away moisture from the body keeping you cool and dry. Due to the biological makeup of linen, it is often more desirable than cotton in hot and humid climates. Linen sheets are also a wonderful suggestion for people with special skin concerns.

Why Italian and not Egyption cotton?

When you buy Italian cotton sheets you actually buy the best of both worlds as Italian mills buy most of their cotton from Egypt. It is a well known fact that the Egyptians grow the best quality cotton in the world.  Add to that, the Italians experience of thousands of years in weaving textiles and you end up having the best cotton fabrics in the world.

What is the difference between jacquard and damask?

Both jacquards and damasks are woven textile designs. Woven jacquard designs are created on jacquard loom and are generally used for sheeting and table cloth weight fabrics. Woven damask is generally created with heavier yarns to create bed covers fabrics, wall coverings and furniture fabrics. In Australia we use the term damask to describe the jacquard fabrics as well.

What about shrinkage? Should I buy the next size up?

All fabrics constructed from natural fibres will shrink. We anticipate this shrinkage at production level and allow a 3 to 5 shrinkage factor. A 7% shrinkage is allowed on bedspreads.

Marcella/ Matalasse bedspreads, why are they so popular?

Marcella or Matalasse bedspreads have long been a traditional item passed down from generation to generation.. Everybody’s grandmother had one in their glory box. Today, like hundreds of years ago, these bedspreads are still very popular and seen as an investment. Normally, if used under normal household usage they can last for many generation.

At Linea Casa we have two distinct types of bedspreads.The Marcella fabric from Portugal for easy care and little ironing. The Marcella bedspreads from Italy are thicker, but require more care.