The linen color was just the beige I wanted to go with the blue and white in my bathroom. I like washcloths to be fairly thin because I have small hands and it's easier to wring them out. And I don't like them too smooth. I'd give these 5 stars in my rating system if they were a little thinner and "rougher" for a bit of exfoliation--so they're only 4 stars. For someone else, though, these might be plusses. A huge bargain for very high quality.