Linen (pictured above) and cotton, both natural vegetable fibers, make great materials for blankets and throws. Both fibers are absorbent, durable and become softer with use. Even with all of their similarities, there are some significant differences between the two fibers that may help you choose the right fabric for you.
From the flax plant, linen is typically a little smoother than cotton - it is a bast fiber, similar to hemp. An incredibly strong fiber, linen feels cooler than many other fabrics. It also weighs less and has more texture. We have a large library of posts with information about linen - see our linen archives here.
There’s nothing wrong with traditional towels, per se. It’s just that most towels are made from cotton, which isn’t quite as adept at absorbing liquid as, say, a linen towel.