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Do I want a linen sofa?
Hi there. I'm Chris from Roger and Chris and I'm here today to answer an important question: do I want a linen sofa?
No, you don't.
You don't want a linen sofa 'cause here's why. Linen ... Have you ever worn a linen shirt? Have you ever worn a linen shirt twice? 'Cause in my experience, it looks great that first time and then it just looks terrible every other time. As soon as you sit on it or, you know, put it on or wash it or anything, it just looks awful. That's been my experience with linen. How about you?
Here's the thing: linen sofas are great in concept. I think there's a lot of appeal there from a natural fiber perspective. People like the idea of it. Linen can be a tough material. Linen has a lot of downsides. It can snag. It can certainly wear. It can be hard to clean and it can get really really wrinkly and messy fast. So unless you want that super relaxed messy look, which most people I talk to kind of like the concept of it, but the reality of it is not so appealing.
I think what you really want to look at is more of a linen blend. Why do textile mills do fabric blends? Well they do that because they can ... It's like ... It's the fabric equivalent of a schnoodle. You take a poodle, you mix it with something else, and all the sudden you have a dog that doesn't shed, but it's cute and all of this. It's kind of the same concept with linen blends. They take linen, they bring in some other composition, blend it together, and you get a fabric that gets you a lot of the same look and feel as a true 100% linen, but has some additional benefits.
We do carry Irish linens that are made by a mill that's been in operation for I think like three or four hundred years. It's great stuff. It's beautiful. I mean, it's really gorgeous, but I wouldn't put it in my house. I would do a linen blend instead that has stain resistance, snag resistance, pilling resistance, and is like, a quarter of the price. I don't know why you would bother with a true legit 100% stuff if the blend is going to be superior on every criteria and give you 99% of the look and feel. So we have a great ... We have a couple of good ones, but the one I would really focus on is from Disini. It's called Montauk. They have a really nice range of colors, everything from, you know, kind of off-whites all the way to black, some really high fashion colors in-between, great feel, stain resistant. It's going to be less wrinkly for sure and it's going to give you that legitimate look and feel that you're probably going for.
So do you want a linen? You do not want a linen. Do you want a linen blend? Very likely, so check Montauk out and let me know what you think about it.