A NEW LIFE FOR ANTIQUE DAMASK
We have an extensive, constantly changing collection of antique linen and damask for sale. We have antique damask for museums and collectors and antique table linen that can be used again. Once you realize how long a weaver took to make the damask and how precious it was, you start to respect it more. Please, use it again, and make use of the mindful ironing for a well-needed rest. The large 17th, 18th and 19th-century napkins with their pretty flowers, masculine hunting scenes or geometric block patterns can even be used as a tablecloth.
A 17th-century napkin (70 x 98 cm!) starts at € 175.
P.S. Linen is hard-wearing and can be washed hundreds of times before showing any sign of wear. It is also much easier to get stains out of linen than out of cotton. Read the washing tips.
Family party with antique damask, outdoors or at Christmas
Aristocratic families often gave large dinner parties, and 24 guests at the table was nothing unusual in the 19th century. And, of course, they used long, beautiful damask tablecloths, many of which are still in very good condition. There is nothing wrong with using them again to lay the table, and not just for a formal Christmas dinner. One customer placed a Rose damask tablecloth over four pasting tables!
For you, we have for example a tablecloth, 7.60 x 2.30 metres (which took the hand weaver two months to make!). Woven in around 1870 with a beautiful pattern of birds, flowers and butterflies, in silky-smooth linen with a beautiful sheen. Now reduced in price from €1950 to €950. There is much more antique damask to choose from. Call me or email me the size of your table.
Are you looking for beautiful antique linen or damask?
Please feel free to contact Sanny.
Van Dissel damask by Chris Lebeau
Do you collect Chris Lebeau damask woven by the E.J.F Van Dissel linen manufacturers in Eindhoven? If so, you will be pleased with this beautiful set of Cherry design: a tablecloth (200 x 180 cm) with six dinner napkins and ten breakfast napkins, reduced from €1250 to €950. The damask is in very good condition. We also have Refraction napkins, a Lotus tablecloth and a Fern tablecloth. Are you looking for a different pattern? If you email me, I can add your name to my client wish list.
‘Something old’ – a delicate, antique embroidered handkerchief for the bride. We have a large collection of batiste handkerchiefs, beautifully embroidered or trimmed in delicate lace for the special day. Prices vary from € 7,50 to €75.
We also have wonderful antique batiste christening dresses and baby hats.
Linen opulence on your bed
Do you sometimes wear linen clothes and love the coolness of it against your skin? Linen is as good to sleep in as it is to wear, especially during our hot summers. You will certainly have no trouble falling asleep under our antique, embroidered linen sheets. The collection changes all the time, so please send me an email with your requirements.
National Breakfast Tablecloth 2020
Watch the first online freedom breakfast, with the tables laid using the National Breakfast Tablecloth 1940-1945. Seven owners of the tablecloth meet online to talk on 5 May 2020 while seated at their own table in their own house. Listen to their stories about this very special tablecloth and about celebrating freedom and commemorating war.
Do you also have a commemorative tablecloth and would you like to take part on 5 May 2021? Call me on +31 (0)15-2135520 or send an email to email@example.com.
75-year-old National Breakfast Tablecloth in the spotlight
Do you recognize this tablecloth? It is the National Breakfast Tablecloth, made to commemorate the Second World War. The tablecloth was designed by Gerben Ferwerda, a fabric retailer from Groningen. Towards the end of the Second World War, he asked a weaver that he knew to make 144 tablecloths in secret, and they sold out within 45 minutes on Groningen’s Liberation Day. Another 29,442 tablecloths were woven in the following years.
We would like to find these tablecloths again. How many are there in the Netherlands? Next year, we and the Netherlands Committee for 4 and 5 May would like to organize Freedom Breakfasts and to lay the tables using these tablecloths. Would you like to take part? If so, please complete the contact form.
Ferwerda wrote that he hoped that the tablecloth would be used every year on national holidays: ‘so that it becomes a family heirloom that increases in value and that reminds our descendants of the fearful war years.’