Draperies. Linen, like silk, has an aristocratic elegance when used for draperies. It can be dry-cleaned or washed and will look great for years. Linen fabric has a high natural luster; the natural color ranges from ivory and ecru to tan and gray. Heavy bleaching results in pure white linen. It has antiallergic properties, making it a beneficial natural fiber choice. Linen works wonderfully for drapery panels, as air permeates it, providing privacy and airflow.