Linen and linen muslin – differences and similarities

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Recently, on our Instagram there were questions about muslin, taking into account the similarities and differences with “classic” linen fabric. Despite the response in the form of InstaStories, we decided to gather all this information in one place, thus creating a new blog post. Contrary to appearances, muslin has a lot in common with “classic” linen, and recognising the differences is of key importance when we are at the stage, for example, of arranging our interiors. At the end of the day, we want to know what form will perfectly decorate, for example, our romantic bedroom, modelled on English manors.  


Muslin is a very delicate fabric that can decorate every space. Due to the delicacy and airiness of the structure, it is most often used for the production of sheer curtains. Its texture is slightly crumpled, which is an interesting decoration for interiors inspired by a rustic or boho style. The characteristic delicacy is the most important feature which equates muslin with subtle aesthetics. Its name comes from the city of Dhaka, which is the capital of Bangladesh. To this day, it is considered the center of the clothing and textile industry, despite the fact that linen is grown in almost every corner of our planet.


Simply put, muslin is the softest and thinnest form of linen. Its fabric weight is below 100g/m2, while stonewashed linen (medium) has a fabric weight of 160-180g/m2, and heavy linen almost 300g/m2.

This means that muslin is an excellent material for making subtle decorations and airy forms, which is why you will find it mainly in the form of curtain mists. This subtle fabric can be in the form of cotton, silk or wool, and this term means a subgroup with a very subtle and delicate weave.

For example, the aforementioned curtains let in a bit more light and become a very minimalist form of window decoration. Due to their fabric weight, they perfectly match the stonewashed linen curtains stonewashed in both natural, and slightly stronger colors.

So much for the most important differences, thanks to which it will be easier for you to choose the right material for interior decoration. All the other parameters that you already know from our posts about the properties of linen also apply to muslin fabrics. This means that the muslin is extremely durable and resistant to the effects of the sun. So it can be dried in the wind and ironed or washed in a properly selected temperature. In addition, it has anti-allergic properties, which will be appreciated by people who love natural fabrics.

Ecological and biodegradable are one of the main advantages, thus supporting the pro-environmental production process. This, in turn, makes the linen muslin bactericidal and willingly chosen in the case of infants who have much thinner and more delicate skin.

Muslin therefore combines extremely valuable properties that we know from “classic” linen proposals, distinguished at the same time by delicacy, subtlety and unforced aesthetics. Blowing in the gentle breeze, letting in the first morning sun rays, it has a lot of romance in it. Perhaps that is why it is most often chosen for minimalist bedrooms, modern living rooms and rustic kitchens, where we prepare a crumble cake on a wooden countertop.

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