Linen has long been considered ideal for use in both heavy duty utility and noble interior design contexts, outlasting many other textiles with the right care. Its many qualities are enhanced by appreciation of its scientific properties. Further it has been argued that Flax represents the most sustainable of crops: minimal water and power requirements, all parts of the plant having potential for use. Does it represent an ideal in a world now changing as a result of inefficient lifestyles and dwindling resources? What future for this venerable material?