Check our video on how to select your table linen. Basque linen in France has been known for decades as linge de grand-mère, i.e. grandmother’s linen! Linen gets passed down from one generation to the next because of its enduring quality and the timeless nature of its stripes. When convenience matters, opt for a subtle "coated finish" that wipes clean with soap and water, no washing or ironing required.