Looks like linen, feels like linen, and by golly..it's polyester! It's quite amazing how far yarn technology has come in the last few years. These days, almost any look can be re-created in polyester - the happening yarn for those wanting the ultimate in easy care, hard wearing fabrics. Catania is a great example of this - knockout range of 24 colours, great handle and machine washable too!
Catania 2221 Washable Chenille Upholstery Fabric in Oatmeal.