Difference Between Organic Linen, Italian Linen and Belgian Linen

Key Takeaways

  • Quality Consistency: No matter the type, all Linoto linen products are crafted with the same high-quality sewing techniques.

    (All of our linen is 100% linen made from flax from Italy or Belgium)

  • Eco-friendly Options: Belgian eco-linen and organic linen both emphasize environmental sustainability, but through different historical and modern practices.

  • Unique Characteristics: Each type of linen—Italian, Belgian, and Organic—offers unique qualities from smoothness and weight to ecological standards.
  • Certification and Standards: Organic linen boasts certifications that ensure environmentally friendly practices at all stages, while Belgian eco-linen meets stringent ecological standards without the use of modern chemicals.
  • Aesthetic and Feel: Italian linen is popular for its aesthetic diversity and excellent price-quality ratio, appealing to those who love color and texture.

difference between organic,italian and belgian linen


Linen, known for its durability, strength, and luxurious feel, comes in various forms depending on its geographical origin and manufacturing processes. At Linoto, we take pride in offering three distinct types of linen: Italian, Belgian, and Organic. Each of these linens is woven with the same high-quality techniques in our workshops, ensuring a premium product regardless of the type. This guide will explore the differences between these linens to help you understand and choose the best option for your needs.

Italian Linen

Italian linen

Italian linen, renowned for its craftsmanship, is made by master weavers entirely in Italy. It is particularly favored for its slightly lower price point while maintaining high-quality standards. The most popular colors like White, Ivory, and Natural Oatmeal are perfect examples of what makes Italian linen a top seller at Linoto. This linen is not certified organic, but it is a natural product made from flax, using dyes that are safe for both humans and the environment.

For those seeking a vibrant touch, Linoto offers bespoke colors in 190gsm linen, a perfect mid-weight fabric. Special yarn-dyed options such as Indigo, Harvest Gold, Copper Plum, Sage, Pale Blue and Teal utilize a unique weaving technique that blends different colored yarns for a distinctive heathered or two-tone effect.

Belgian Linen

Belgian eco linen

Belgian linen is synonymous with premium quality. The eco-linen produced by Libeco, a mill with over 150 years of history, stands out not only for its craftsmanship but also for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Our Belgian eco-linen predates the introduction of certified organic linens, having been a part of our offerings since before 2012. This fabric is produced with stringent ecological standards that echo practices from 500 years ago. The dew-retting process, where flax is naturally broken down, avoids excessive water and chemical use. Our Belgian eco-linen, available in natural and semi-bleached white, offers a gossamer-like feel at 160gsm and a more robust option at 210gsm, which becomes softer with each wash.

Organic Linen

Organic linen

Organic linen represents the pinnacle of environmental stewardship in textile production. Starting with certified organic flax grown in Belgium, this linen is woven in Italy following stringent organic standards throughout every stage: planting, yarn spinning, weaving, and finishing. Linoto's organic linen is treated with organic laundry soap and washed in filtered water, ensuring a product free from harmful chemicals and then lovingly packed and shipped in plastic-free packaging.

Comparing Linen Types:
Feature Italian Linen Belgian Linen Organic Linen
Origin Italy Belgium Belgium (flax), Italy (weave)
Eco-Friendly Dyes free from toxins Dew-retting, no irrigation Certified organic throughout
Weight (gsm) 190-210 160-210 210
Price Point Lower Higher Higher
Certification None Eco standards Organic certifications


Choosing between Italian, Belgian, and Organic linen comes down to personal preference regarding environmental impact, fabric feel, and budget. Linoto ensures that no matter your choice, you're getting a product made with artisanal care and quality. Each type of linen offers unique benefits, whether it's the rich history and eco-friendly production of Belgian linen, the luxurious feel and organic certification of our organic options, or the vibrant and diverse aesthetic choices of Italian linen. Discover the perfect linen for your lifestyle at Linoto, and experience the unmatched quality and beauty of our products.

Browse our collections to find your perfect linen match, whether you're looking for organic bed linens, Belgian eco-linen bed linens, or exploring our wide range of Italian linen options.

Hi, I'm Jason Evege founder of Linoto.

It all started in 2007 when I was shopping around for real linen sheets and was unable to find any set in a simple, modern style for less than $1000. What's more, I had to wait 4-6 weeks for delivery from Europe. I was so frustrated by my search that I decided to make my own set of linen sheets as well as a few sets for friends and family. The sheets were a huge hit and it was suggested that I set up a website and see if there was demand.

I graduated with a degree in fashion design from one of the best design programs in the country (University of Cincinnati), and was taught how to make things from concept to finished product. I was very fortunate to have all of the skills and machinery required to try my ideas without large capital investments.

In the first 12 months (working nights and weekends out of my home while holding down another job) I sold more than 120 linen sheet sets to customers throughout the US and abroad who were pleased to find real linen sheets at an affordable price.

Linoto has now fulfilled more than 10,000 orders to loyal customers around the world and enjoys a fabulous reputation for quality, value, and style.