The terms pre-washed and stonewashed are thrown about a lot when it comes to linen. The former is essentially to reduce the likelihood of linen shrinking, and the latter is as it sounds – the cloth is tumbled with stones (typically pumice and lava stone) in a large washing machine to stretch and soften the fibres.
The downside with stone washing can be the level of crumpling. It really does give rise to that crinkled and creased linen look, which, while laidback, can be a bit too much to handle for some. Enter, crushed linen.
This finish is your happy middle ground, your rumpled-but-not-too-rumpled result, your effortlessness but not without your elegance. Crushed linen is still beautifully soft against the skin, but there’s still a hint of linen’s quintessential crispness, making it perfectly fitting for summertime. Happily, it also boasts one of best character traits of all – it needs no ironing. Simply wash it, hang it, and it will dry with its lightly crushed effect in tact.