Linen is actually measured in a slightly different way and instead of thread count, linen weight is generally referred to in grams per square metre, or ‘gsm’, so for example our Bed Linen is 165gsm and our Fitted Sheets, ever so slightly thicker at 200gsm.
Thread count was primarily invented as a measure for cotton and looks at the amount of thread woven in a square inch of fabric. The linen fibre is derived from the middle of the flax plant, so is naturally thicker than the cotton bols from the cotton plant. If we were to look at thread count, the average linen fabric used for sheeting has a thread count of between 80 and 150, which would be considered low for a cotton sheet. Cotton percale for example, starts at around a 200 thread count, a result of the finer yarns used, and the finer and thinner the yarns, the more that can squeeze into that square inch, thereby increasing the thread count. With linen, you can only fit so many of these thicker yarns into that same inch.
In short, it is really other factors that contribute to the quality and the product, such as the conditions and location in which the flax is grown and the manufacturing process. All of our flax is 100% European; grown in France and Belgium where the plant is native, meaning no irrigation or pesticides are used in the production and then woven to the highest quality by skilled craftsmen.