I’ve just been introduced to a beautiful new website (and company) called Ecostasy. Their entire collection – which includes a range of products from different parts of the globe – is sourced with stringent eco-friendly criteria and an eye for quality of materials and design. The website also goes to great lengths to educate visitors about each product, as is the case with their Irish Lace Runner pictured above.
With its origins in the Turkish baths of centuries ago fouta towels are far removed from the terry cloth most of us are used to. And much more stylish and versatile.
Visit Scents and Feel for a full selection.
Via Elle Decor, April 2010. (Which by the way has a must see textile-laden photo spread. It’s the cover story.)
I just spent an inordinate amount of time happily perusing almost every textile-related post on Katy Elliott — a leisure activity enthusiasts with a bent toward stripes, plaids, wool blankets and/or table linens should especially enjoy. (Just search “textile” from the home page to do the same.)
Julie Krakowski’s “Coffee and Cigarettes” linens turn the dreaded cigarette burn and coffee stain into things of whimsy and beauty. Her work is especially fun to discover in the holiday season, where everything can easily become too precious and tidy.
I came upon Krakowski’s work via the very informative site Beloved Linens.
As earlier posts (here and here), can prove, I’m occasionally ensnared by the lure of vintage table linens — losing hours to various keyword searches on the topic, scrolling through websites, etc. Today it was thoughts of the perfect holiday tablecloth that did me in. Thankfully, my time consuming linen lust has lead me to this book — and with it the chance to actually learn something about a topic that’s fuzzy in my head. Here’s the publisher’s write-up:
This beautiful book is the first to exclusively present what many agree are the very best of vintage household linens, the products of the Weil & Durrs Company of New York City, from the 1920s to 1984. Their Wilendur and other brands reign above others in the collecting world for good reason. The bold and beautifully executed patterns stand out as art of the highest quality. Their inks and dyes, as well as their base fabrics, were exceptional. This book provides a brief history of the Weil and Durrs Company and descriptive text for over 250 different tablecloths in 120 printed designs…
What is it about linens from the 1940’s and 1950’s (and even the 1960’s I suppose) that give them such a distinct – and distinctly appealing – look? I was musing about this last Sunday while admiring a collection of tablecloths, napkins, and handkerchiefs handed down to a friend from her mother. Part of it is just the quality of softly worn age that cotton can take on after decades of washing and pressing, but there’s also the texture and weight of the fabric itself. And what exactly is it about such a range of patterns that make them so easily pinned to that time period? (A good topic for research.)
With these questions in mind I went on a brief tear around the internet and found the following links. No historical overviews here, but lots of patterns to look at:
Gypsy Rosalie (the above image is a detail shot of an already-sold table cloth from the site)
RRR’s website is now up and running (or rolling I should say!) and full of great patterns and colors at prices that don’t hurt to look at, budget priorities and disposable income aside. All of her fabrics are hand block printed in India and dried in the sun.
Above, a “fish orange” quilt.
Anupama works with Indian artisans and craftsman to create a beautiful – and eclectic – line of hand-printed and hand-painted fabrics, table cloths and pillows, including some replete with meditating Buddhas.
I’m generally not a huge fan of “retro Scandinavian chic” (as New House dubs it) but the company has opened my heart to the category just a little with their Homewares Collection, featuring simple designs like Herring (above) as well as Sweet Heart and Red Fox.
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