The Belgian Linen™ quality label is an internationally registered trademark. The label was created to promote linen from Belgium, widely known as the world's finest linen.
Flax thrives in this region of Western Europe. A moist and temperate climate and excellent soil quality provide for one of the best qualities of flax in the world. This region is situated between Caen and Amsterdam, Belgium being in the exact middle of it all.
The Belgian Flax & Linen Association is the responsible and independent organization for authenticating fabrics as Belgian Linen™. Through membership, weavers can apply for a certification of their fabrics.
Once the Belgian Linen & Flax Association approves the certification, each batch of fabric is assigned a unique ID. Through this ID, buyers of the fabric and products based on it can always trace back the origins of the fabric.
Only members of the Belgian Linen & Flax Association can apply for a Belgian Linen™ certificate. Members are obliged to disclose the origins of the fabric to the Association.
To have the fabric certified as Belgian Linen™, it has to comply to these two rules:
The linen fabric must be woven in a Belgium based mill.
At least 85% of the weight of the fabric must consist of flax grown in the EU.
Buyers of our members' linen fabrics can apply for a permit to use the Belgian Linen™ label as a marketing tool on their packaging and in their communication. Consult your supplier for more information.
Purchase Belgian Linen™ fabric from one of our members.
Use the Belgian Linen™ label in your communication materials.
Belgian Linen™ is a world renowned quality label. The growing success has also brought a great deal of fraud and mislabeling. Knock-offs offered at low prices, with no guarantee of quality are found on the market on a daily basis.
Some fabrics carry the Belgian Linen™ name or logo, even though all essential transformation processes are done in other parts of the world. These fabrics are not genuine Belgian Linen™.
After World War 2, a sudden boom in production and international trade caused the Belgian weavers to unite. To present the quality of their fabrics under one brand, they created Belgian Linen™.
From the 1960's, the Belgian Linen™ label has been used to distinguish the origin of linen fabric from this region. Since then, it has remained recognizable as a quality trademark worldwide.
From the year 1995, a European identity for linen fabrics was introduced to unite many national labels under one brand: Masters of Linen™. All Belgian Linen™ is also certified as Masters of Linen.
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