Category Close-Up - August 2012

Divine Dining
By Wanda Jankowski

Entertaining and everyday meals are made more enjoyable when enhanced with well-designed kitchen and table linens, such as these new market additions debuting during N.Y. Home Textiles Market Week

Eco-Friendly Options
The EarthWise Collection of dish towels (shown), napkins, placemats and runners is hand-woven from organic cotton and naturally dyed. The company is socially conscious, working with Mayan weavers and dyers in Guatemala and organic cotton growers in Peru. NansuHome, 205-939-0770,

Color In The Kitchen
The Kitchen Towels, made with 100 percent slub fabric, measure 19.5 by 29 inches. The lightweight cotton, printed with colorful, contemporary designs, is highly absorbent. Rockflowerpaper, 800-281-0357,
Organic Fabric
The 15- by 22.5-inch organic block-printed Feather Towels feature an original print from Patch Design Studio’s Flea Market line. Shown in purple, poppy and marigold colorways, the design is also offered in dinner napkins. The company’s products are handmade in the U.S. using sustainably sourced organic fabric. Patch Design Studio, 843-259-9896,
Colorful Block-Prints
Made with 100 percent cotton, the 21- by 21-inch Fez Blockprint Napkins are hand block-printed by women artisans in rural India. Offered in blue, yellow, orange and green, they are laundered by washing in cold water and drying on low. Sobremesa by Greenheart, 312-235-6324,

Color Blocking
Accent Napkins made in the U.S. of 100 percent cotton fabric from P. Kaufmann, creator of quality print fabrics from the U.S., Italy and England, are 18 inches square and machine washable. Four prints are available: Color Block (shown), Ikat, Poppy and Toile. Vietri, 914-245-4180,

Tea Time
Jean Vier Tea Towels reflect the spirit of the Basque people in their vibrant colors and patterns. For 30 years, Jean Vier has created durable fabrics based on Basque-rooted patterns from natural cotton and flax. The 23- by 26-inch towels are available in varied colors and designs. The French Farm, 713-660-0577,
Citrus Sensations
This set of four hand-printed and sewn napkins features a repeating graphic of fresh Jaffa oranges. The 19- by 19-inch napkins come packaged with a wide ribbon and gift tag. Barbara Shaw Contemporary Gifts from Jerusalem, +972-54-742-1815,
Celebrating Texture
The Burlap Napkin Rings are made with 100 percent jute. Available in a natural color, the rings are offered in a set of four. Saro Trading Co., 800-662-7276,
Versatility From Ethiopia
The new Ribbon Collection includes the Ribbon tablecloth, a versatile piece that can also be used as a throw, bed cover and beach blanket. Hand-woven from 100 percent Ethiopian cotton in a woman-owned studio in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia, the tablecloth can be machine washed and dried. It is offered with cyprus (shown), navy or gray ribbon stripes on a natural background and in two sizes: 50 by 50 inches and 58 by 98 inches. The fringe is on the length of the cloth, rather than on the width ends. Creative Women, 802-658-1211,
Great Graphics
The Logo 20- by 20-inch napkins and 21- by 64-inch linen placemat runners are offered in navy (shown) and gray. Cococozy, 310-275-4189,
“Moroccan” Marvel
The faux leather, 15-inch square Marrakesh placemat, shown in magenta, is available in six colors. It is paired with the 24-inch square, machine washable Jefferson napkin, which is offered in two colorways and shown in berry. Sybaritic Industries Ltd., 914-769-7888


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