Our Cotton – Reed Family Linen

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Our Cotton

The best fibre makes the best sheets

Our raw materials

We have used many different growths of cotton since 1852. The family were amongst the first purchasers of cotton from the Nile Delta on the Manchester Exchange in the 1920s, and we were also founder members of the Barbados Cotton Exchange trading Sea Island Cotton. Over recent years we have pioneered the use of long staple Suvin cotton grown in Southern India which is classified as Egyptian staple length. This clean and silky crop is harvested without the need for intense fertilisers and pesticides which are used today in lower Egypt, and which pollute the Nile Delta region.

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution.”
~ John Ruskin

Our own manufacturing

Since 2007 we have spun, woven and stitched all our home textile collection at our factory and mill in Southern India. We use locally grown Suvin cotton and process everything within 100kms of our stitching plant which reduces our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Our weaving mill is located inside a working coconut plantation and our workers all live locally. 90% of our workforce are women and we do not use child labour. Our extensive range of fine embroidered linens are all made in Madagascar by trained seamstresses. Our heirloom products are produced using traditional techniques which have been updated wherever possible to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Our cloth constructions

Meticulously managing our production has rich rewards. With no corners cut or compromises made, REED family linens age with grace, maintaining their beauty for as many as 800 boil washes. Unlike our competitors, we recommend plain weave construction over the sateen weaves that have become common, and understand that it is the number of thread intersections in a cloth which determines its strength and feel, rather than the number of threads (its ‘thread count’). It’s little wonder, then, that you’ll find our linens dressing the beds and tables of the world’s finest hotels, as well as homes, across the globe. 


Laundry care & sizing

Making heirloom linens for over a century has taught us a lot about how to launder and care for home linens. We are also experts in sizing and have developed wider looms and reed spaces more than once in order to increase the widths of our fabrics so that they can clothe ever larger and deeper mattresses. We now produce bed linen without joins for beds up to 7ft square. Click below for our unique laundry tips and our range of international sizes. If you don’t see the size you want on our website, please call or email us directly and we will be happy to help.

View our laundry care and our sizing chart


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