History

Our Story

How The Linen Works Came To Be

Ten years ago I paid my first visit to the old farmhouse in the South of France that had been in my husband’s family since the 1950’s.

I remember a cupboard with piles of old embroidered linens. In the kitchen there was a melange of pottery stacked unevenly on rough wooden shelves and simple utensils hanging regimentally from peg boards. A steel dustpan and brush hung by the fire, and another on the back of the kitchen door.

What really appealed to me was the sense of restraint that had been exercised throughout. This was a home that had been created by someone who cherished useful and beautiful things. Although I didn’t realise it at the time, that first visit was also the beginning of what would become my journey to creating The Linen Works.

We visited the house as often as we could from London. And one day whilst hanging out the washing in my favourite spot, overlooking the Bay of Toulon, I Iooked closely at the beautiful linen pillowcase I was pegging on the line and wondered where I could buy something like that back home.

The reality was that I wouldn't have known where to find such lovely linen.  I then knew that I wanted to create my own range of linens which were accessible to today's consumer yet retaining some old world charm.

And that’s how The Linen Works was born.  I immersed myself in everything linen, searching out the best linen producers to make our first Linen Works collection.

Today, as Creative Director of The Linen Works, I carefully choose the colours and designs for our linen range which is produced especially for us from European flax.

Try our relaxed washed bed and tablelinen in soft muted tones which, with the fibres broken down through washing, already feel like an old friend. Don’t miss our kitchen linen which includes our new and very popular Arles linen tea towel, available in three classic colours.  Our fabrics are also available to buy by the metre and many are suitable for upholstery as well as blinds, curtains and loose covers.

If you have just discovered us, welcome to The Linen Works. I hope you find something here that inspires you too.

Marina Guirey
Founding Director