If you were to ask me what the most amazing, gotta-have it, might die without it material in the world is, you might expect an answer like silk or cashmere. Or, I don’t know, some kind of NASA-engineered microfiber specifically designed for comfort. But you’d be wrong. The correct answer is linen.
Yep, there’s something about the sorta rough, very wrinkle-prone material favored by tenured anthropology professors and sassy Miami octogenarians that makes me want to outfit myself and my entire home in the stuff. It doesn’t hurt that it’s naturally cool in hot weather or that it’s more sustainable than cotton. I mean, linen is over 30,000 years old—no biggie—and was prized by the ancient Egyptians. Here, nine ways I’m living my best life while surrounding myself with all the linen.