We create tableware that is handcrafted to perfection from the finest Irish linen, telling stories through timeless designs and traditional embroidery techniques. Our range comprises of three collections; Heritage Collection, Wild Collection and Fusion Collection which include table runners, placemats, napkins and home accessories including cushions, framed wall pieces and aprons. We believe in creating truly unique and long-lasting tableware.
We source the finest quality linen from Ireland’s best weavers, renowned for its high quality, strength and ageless beauty. Time, care and skill goes into our tableware and we design, cut, sew and finish each and every piece by hand in our workshop in Dublin. Every design is meticulously hand-drawn by Greg, who takes inspiration daily from Ireland’s natural beauty, rich culture and design heritage. Each one tells a unique story whether its inspired by Celtic folklore and mythology, the Irish countryside and coastline or the streets of Dublin.
Our table linen is both elegant and functional. It is machine washable and wearable so it will age beautifully and last for years. We love creating truly unique pieces for our customers and hope that they will become treasured keepsakes which can be passed down to generations to come.
Irish Linen House is a family run brand, which was founded by Dublin-born designer, Greg Whelan and his wife Mary in 2011. Greg studied at the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design and following that, he worked successfully in the fashion industry for many years alongside his mother, before branching out with his own label in the early 1990s. During Greg’s time designing womenswear, he was fascinated with embroidery and experimented with different applique designs and techniques. He also worked with linen to create some of his most successful fashion collections, and adored working with the fabric because of its versatility, natural feel and charming qualities.
As Greg moved away from fashion, he had a desire to create something new and unique. He was keen to explore linen and combined with his passion for embroidery and innate talent for drawing and design, he turned his hand to tableware. Greg believed in creating beautiful pieces for the home to bring style, creativity and elegance to modern entertainment and living. Together with his wife Mary, they launched Irish Linen House in 2011, creating tablerunners, placemats and napkins with a commitment to craftsmanship, quality and detail.
Greg was always particularly drawn to Celtic inspired art and mythology which he has sketched and refined over time. Irish Linen House prides itself on bringing a fresh new dimension to Irish linen and a contemporary twist to traditional Celtic designs and Irish folklore.
Greg’s appreciation for Ireland’s natural beauty, rich culture and design heritage has inspired the brands aesthetic with recent collections inspired by the world renowned Book Of Kells and the untamed beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way. Since starting up the business, the brand has grown globally thanks to the support of loyal customers worldwide. In 2016, Irish Linen House opened up a shop within their studio on Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin. The shop attracts tourists from abroad who love to see the creativity and craft come to life in the heart of Dublin.
100% Irish Linen We source the highest quality linen from Ireland’s best weavers, who have refined their craft and skill through many generations over the last 160 years. Linen is one of the world's oldest fabrics and its history goes back thousands of years. Linen fibre is biodegradable and recyclable, making it a natural product. Linen is naturally anti-bacterial, easy to wash, quick to dry and can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry to the touch. Of all textile fibres, it is the strongest, and the one which washes best and becomes softer and more luminous when washed. It ages beautifully and maintains its natural character and charming qualities for years.
How Linen Is Made
The production process of linen has changed very little over time.
Linen is woven from the fibres of the flax plant. Flax needs 5 times less fertilisers and pesticides than cotton to grow. Flax goes through a long process before it becomes linen. Flax seeds are planted and after one hundred days, they will be ready to harvest.
Next, the flax is "retted" which means that it is put in water and left to rot before it is taken out and dried. During the retting process the flax fibres begin to separate themselves from the woody stem. The flax is "beetled" in the next stage. Beetling consists of beating the flax with a wooden mallet to loosen and separate the fibres. Once the flax has been beetled, it is then "scutched". It is beaten again, this time with a long wooden blade. At this stage any pieces of woody stem that remain on the fibres are removed. The person who carried out the scutching was called a "hackler". The scutched fibres were sorted and then spun on a spinning wheel. After spinning the flax was finally yarn. Weavers then weave the yarn into lengths of linen fabric.