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The Ark's Vintage Hungarian Linens
vintage linen grain sacks and vintage linen rolls. At The Ark
Vintage grain sacks are always popular - they make great cushion covers!The best vintage finds in Surrey, Camberley is on the Hampshire Berkshire borders, near Farnham, Guildford, Windsor, Cobham, Chobham and close to London. 
Prices from £25 each + P&P
Bulk and trade discounts available on request from
vintage linen grain sacksLinen cart covers start at £200 dependant on size and colour.
Vintage linen cart cover and vintage linen grain sackTo see linens available for sale click here " Buy  Linen Now "
Prices do vary from time to time due to currency exchange rates.
vintage linen grain sacks
The Ark's linens date back to pre 1945. Families would grow flax (the plant from which the linen fibres come from) and gather the fibres through a process called retting. The linen fibres are found inside the stems of the flax plant and in order to retrieve them the outer part of the stem would need to be removed. Traditionally the best way to do this would be to gather the flax into bundles and store it in a pond or stream for up to 2-3 weeks. The water would rot the outer part of the stem leaving the linen fibres behind. The linen would then be woven on traditional home looms and often embellished with coloured yarn and personal monograms. Hungarian looms would usually be between 50-70 cms wide and long lengths were woven, rolled and set aside in a spare room in the house ready for future use. The linen had a wide variety of uses - it was cut up for tea towels, hand towels and napkins, doubled up and sewn to make sacks for storing grain and flour and lengths were stitched together side by side to make table cloths, bed linen and cart covers. Hungarians stopped producing linen in 1945 after they were forced to grow vegetables instead for the Russian occupation. The Ark sources many antique and vintage pieces from Hungary and various locations throughout Europe and sell at all the locations mentioned on the "contact us" page.
linen uses for you
 linen is a beautiful natural strong and durable fabric which will last and last for years to come!
Tea towels and napkins
Use for their original purpose or they also make great place mats or centre pieces for tables and are excellent for making small cushion covers and bolster style pillows. They are also a great size for any of your small home craft hobbies. Why not cut and sew them into heart shapes and stuff with dry lavendar for your drawers - they become lovely personal gifts.
Vintage linen rolls
These are unused and come in some very long lengths which makes them excellent for a wide number of uses. The very thick linens make beautiful stair runners (best laid by a carpet fitter and used in conjuction with underlay and stair rods). The thinner linen is perfect for narrow blinds (or wider ones when sewn together), chair and sofa upholstery, curtains, cushions and bath mats (linen is naturally resistant to mildew!).
Vintage linen grain sacks
vintage linen grain sacks. At The Ark
Grain sacks are a length of linen doubled up and stitched together. This means they have much the same uses as the rolls above when cut open however as they are so thick and durable as they are they make great bath mats (linen is naturally resistant to  mildew and can hold up to its own weight in water before feeling damp) and excellent stair runners when stitched together. Another perfect use for them is bench and floor cushions for indoors and out, simply stuff them and sew up the top or add a zip and use them as a removable cushion cover. Linen is hard wearing and can be washed at high temperatures so no need to worry about staining! They are also lovely when kept in their original state and used as laundry bags in the home or for different types of storage.
Tablecloths from vintage linen
Tablecloths are ideally suited for their original purpose but as they are so large they are perfect for the need for more fabric. They make exceptional quilt covers, upholstery for sofas and chairs, large or small curtains, cushions, bolster pillows, or why not cut them up for beautiful bespoke napkins, tea towels or hand towels (we do not recommend using the indigo table cloths for napkins, tea towels or hand towels as excessive washing can dramatically fade the colour).
Caring for your vintage linen
None of the linen for sale here has been washed and will either be in pristine but unwashed condition or have some storage marks present. Pure linen does not tend to have shrinkage and is very easy to look after. Light stains will only require washing at 40 degrees where as heavier stains can be washed out at 60 degrees. We have never encountered a stain which will not come out at 60 degrees, including red wine! A stain remover can also be used, as can fabric conditioner. Dyed linen should be washed at 40 degrees in a separate wash. Indigo linen is acheived by a natural dying process and will fade over time. Linen creases very easily so is best either ironed when damp or use a tumble dryer prior to ironing. Leaving to dry naturally in the sun will result in very stiff card board like linen and also may result in fading of the colour.  

The Ark , vintage, antique, furniture, painted furniture, shabby chic, amish barn stars, surrey
The Ark , vintage, antique, furniture, painted furniture, shabby chic, amish barn stars, surrey
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