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Looking beyond thread count

Cotton Terry Towels and Robes
When 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.

Turkey’s 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.

When 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?

Combed 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!

For 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
There 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 breathtaking!

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.

Kim 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 huge.

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!

About Taryn Cafiero
Taryn Cafiero is a designer and design consultant who has traveled and lived in many different places in the world. Her study of cultures and decorative arts led her to found the Ca’Fiero Collection, which represents not only her own signature designs, but also those she considers to be the best of the best designers in the luxury linen and decorative accessories business today.

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