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Natural Linen Materials, photography by ANTA

At ANTA we use only natural materials in both our textiles and ceramics.  Most of our fabrics are woollen based but we also use a little linen. Our linen products are made into kitchen accessories and a selection of cushions and lampshades.

The linen industry in Scotland prospered in the 18th century and due to the wavering of export duty, it became the countries biggest export. The industry then lead the way for cotton, jute and woollen industry that Scotland is now famous for, eventually being taken over by cotton and wool.  Fife and Forfar was the home of Scottish linen and we still weave ours in Kirkcaldy. 

Linen is at its best grown in countries with a cold and damp climate which is why Scotland and Ireland were some of the best producers. Scotland grew, manufactured and exported linen in the 17th century and then latterly in the 18th and 19th centuries flax was imported to Scotland to manufacture it into linen cloth. From the 1830s onwards the production of linen was increasingly mechanised with hundreds of mills springing up around Scotland and Ireland.  Today the industry has almost completely died out with only a handful of mills still running. Our mill in Fife is one of the last. 

Linen is very strong and heavy which makes it perfect for interior decoration.  It hangs well as blinds and curtains and wears well.  It is made from flax, which is naturally light in colour and it is incredibly absorbent, therefore it lends itself to being dyed.  The fibres are dyed before weaving and hold colour very well and the resulting woven fabric is bold and bright.  ANTA linen is dyed in a range of bold plain colours, and three tartan checks. 


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