An Atelier Vert exclusive, these table linens are hand made by a seamstress of more than 30 years experience in couture
. What does couture
have to do with table linens? By a stroke of luck, our seamstress still works with an antique, couture-quality embroidery machine that stitches in beautiful tight, flat loops, exactly like you would see on couture dresses of the last century. This is not
the crude, zig-zaggy stitch of modern machine embroidery, but an exquisitely rendered and incredibly durable stitching that will last generations.
The table set, consisting of 6 placemats, 6 napkins, and a long table runner, is made in 100% pure, natural linen woven in the Vosges region of France. Linen, the oldest fabric known to man, is woven from the fibers of blue flax (Linum usitassissimum
), and it wears like iron. The placemats are doubled for extra heavy body.
The table service is embroidered with a design called 'Anemone de Caen'
--or de Caen anemone, which dates from the 1930's. Beginning in late January, French florists begin to display bouquets of these extraordinarily beautiful, silky petaled blossoms, in rich colors of red, violet, and rose, with white hearts and coal black stamens. The exquisite embroidery does perfect justice to the nuanced beauty of the flowers, with lifelike shadings of the petals and accurate representations of stem and leaf colors.
The motifs are varied, featuring different combinations of red and violet anemones in various stages of opening. Half the placemats are embroidered with a full-blown red anemone; the other half with violet ones. The napkins are likewise embroidered half and half red and violet, but with a partly opened bud. The table runner has a large central bouquet, four mid-sized corner motifs, and four smaller peripheral bouquets.
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The table set can be washed hot if you wish without fading. The embroidery thread is DMC 100% cotton floss, the finest in the world. We are proud to bring you these exquisite hand-made table linens. 'Anemone de Caen' is available in natural and ecru.
Color: Natural linen (background) or ecru.
Size: Placemats--19 3/4" x 14"; napkins--19" square; table runner--46 3/4" x 23"