This rug is made of natural linen and has passed the procedure of softening. This linen plaid does not shrink after washing, it is soft and pleasant to the touch. Flax is a material having anti allergenic properties, it is an excellent temperature regulator, so under that plaid will never be hot. The pattern on this rug is made in the process of making fabric by weaving yarn of different colors. Plaid in a strong color scheme with a classic Scottish cage, will give you a sense of comfort and coziness, also a great gift to a loved one.