I ordered these because I was starting up my own airbnb and I wanted to do everything I can to make it a top-end experience. These most definitely are linen! I washed them by hand in a small bucket in my sink, warm water. I rinsed well, put them in the dryer on air-dry, followed by a few more minutes of low heat (but only about 7 or 8 minutes total, including heat-up!). Then I ironed them (they ARE linen, after all), and that was when I noticed just how awesome these are.
A word on ironing: I used a hot iron, lots of pressure, and I used a spray bottle to dampen the linen. Very easy ironing. Keep the iron moving, though... the heat is good for making steam of the spray, but you can burn anything quickly on high heat.
All 4 corners are sewn internally. Not sure the technical term... kind of like a French seam almost, where you sew the corners (hem) inside out, so when you right-side them again, the entire stitching is hidden. Then I noticed the detail of the ladder stitching. That's the "ladder" effect woven into the fabric all around the edges, about 1 1/8 inch in from the edge. Beautiful touch, and makes the most of what linen has to offer.
So when I was done ironing, I folded them into a simple triangle fold. Linen just seems to fold really nicely. Just the right amount of stiffness to hold the fold.
These make a really nice, subdued, formal set. I've included a photo of the table set for breakfast.
I also was pleased that the day after these arrived, the seller was in touch to make sure I was happy. I love that kind of attention!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]