In the Loop on Luxury Linens
Looking beyond thread count
May. 4, 2005 03:00 PM
Cotton Terry Towels and Robes
it comes to the plushest, softest towels we need to talk about cotton
again. Cotton is inherently absorbent; 100% cotton with long beautiful
staples will give you the fine quality that you have been dreaming of,
luxurious texture, and a long life of pampering.
The secret to a
thick, lush towel lies in its loops. The denser, longer, and tighter
the loops, the more absorbent the towel. It is interesting to note that
although when it comes to bed linens, 100% Egyptian cotton is
considered to be the finest in the world, when it comes to towels, 100%
Turkish cotton becomes a serious contender. Some claim that Turkish
toweling is legendary for its exceptional softness and absorbency.
fine staple cotton has been grown for centuries. The major players in
the arena seem to appreciate the attributes of both: Egyptian for its
silkiness and Turkish for its absorbency. The Frette towel collection
is exclusively made from Turkish cotton. The Sferra Bros.’ Izmir Towel
collection is made of Turkish cotton, while their hotel collection is
made from Egyptian. Both Anichini and Peacock Alley choose Egyptian
cotton. Whether Egyptian or Turkish, you can bet that the quality of
the cotton is the best in the world, and will stand the test of time.
Again, when it comes to your personal pleasure it’s emotional.
you’re poolside, at the beach, or sunbathing, there’s no bigger or
fatter choice than the Fattowel – an oversized, triple-thick 100%
cotton towel that uses more than 40oz of cotton per square yard. These
towels are therefore significantly thicker than the average beach towel
with a norm of 12–15oz. They were designed for maximum comfort,
quality, and longevity. The weft selvedges are double finished and the
warp triple finished. Talk about a bath sheet – these towels are
definitely made for lounging on, with a 6-1/2ft x 3ft 3in dimension!
The Fattowel is made of two-ply-combed cotton. What does that mean?
cotton stretches and lengthens the natural fibers, which ultimately
aids in the overall thickness. The amazing result is that, through
using, washing, and drying, these towels continue to blossom and
thicken! This in turn increases their durability. Additionally, the
towel becomes even more absorbent and will pill less. These grand
towels are meant to be personalized with your monogram, family crest,
or the name of your boat. Just ask Oprah, Rosie, Leeza, or Shania!
those who do not appreciate a thick plush towel or robe, but prefer the
light weight and quick drying attributes of the100% Egyptian cotton
French waffle weave, there are those expertly woven in France by Yves
Delorme and Le Jacquard Francais.
Finest Table Linens
was a time when table linens described exactly that – 100% crisp
European linen. We know who the best in the linen game are. Just to
name a few of my personal favorites, in alphabetical order: Anichini,
Sferra Bros., and Yves Delorme. They specialize in classic European
linen made from the finest 100% Egyptian cotton available and woven by
the best mills in Italy and France. These tablecloths, napkins,
runners, and placemats are gorgeous, classic patterns in hemstitch,
damask, and jacquard, and are available in an array of beautiful,
sumptuous colors. Anichini offers a selection of 23 wonderful colors in
their Nobel collection; all are herringbone finished with gigliucio
hemstitch. As an added bonus, Anichini adds that personal touch:
monograms and custom sizes for your table.
The house of Yves
Delorme includes a fabulous colorful offspring – Le Jacquard Francais,
another world in linen. It’s casual and fun with bright colors and many
exciting internationally inspired patterns. For example, their new
Alexandrie pattern was inspired by Alexandria, Egypt – waves on the
Nile with lotus and papyrus along the banks. It’s available in four
entrancing colors. The complete line is made of 100% Egyptian cotton
and is woven in their mills in France. Oooolala! The results are
There will always be a time and a place for the
look, feel, and formality of classic 100% crisp table linen. Today the
term table linen also embraces a new aesthetic.
What do I mean
by that? The placemat has come a long way baby! There are a few leaders
in this genre. They have created a modern casual elegance by bringing
something new and exciting to the table. These designers utilize some
of the marvelous materials that are available to the market today.
Seybert creates an amazing selection of beaded placemats. Her Summer
Solstice line features chunks of coral woven into the bead pattern.
Accessorize with a white linen napkin adorned with coral pattern
embroidery and complete the look with a shell napkin ring. If you are
looking for a special shape, texture, and/or color, the placemat
collection of Sybaritic will certainly catch your attention. Sybaritic
proves that there is no such thing as a standard shape or size to a
placemat by offering a dozen or more shapes to select from (including
custom). Textures? How about bamboo, grass cloth, crocodile, or
shagreen, to name a few of the dozen or more. The color selection is
If you’re looking for a placemat that’s not only fabulous
but also practical, Sybaritic has anticipated that request with easy
care – just sponge wipe to clean.
Ultrasuede has been around for
years and years, a micro fiber that looks and feels like the softest,
most luxurious suede. Ultrasuede has many wonderful attributes but,
most important to this designer, it’s stain resistant and machine
washable. Ca’Fiero has brought Ultrasuede to the table in an exciting
line of tablecloths, runners, placemats, and napkins. With colors
galore to select from, Ca’Fiero has made the placemats and runners
two-ply reversible. The material is colorfast and UV protected so no
worries about bleeding or fading colors. Ca’Fiero will monogram and
customize to your needs.
So, if you’re looking for a great linen line for your boat or home, these designers are the ones you’ve been searching for!