Vintage Linen Tea Towels
Linen tea towels are a kitchen’s delight. Did you know that linen dries faster than tea towels made from other fabrics?
Linen can last a lifetime, and if you’re asking me, I say it’s the way to go!
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Here’s a look at some antique and vintage options that caught my eye.
Love these ones in plain white French linen.
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Notice the tone-on-tone monogram? Monogrammed tea towels were very common back in the day!
And these antique linen tea towels will suit any decor with their slubby texture, and buff colour.
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They are hand woven, and what’s so cool is no two are alike, because they are hand made.
It’s their unique imperfections that make them perfect, give them character and add to their appeal.
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Wouldn’t it be the best day ever to stumble upon a stack of treasures like these?
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The really great thing about these linen tea towels is their thickness. Not only are they incredibly durable, but they can be doubled over for a pot holder, and used for a trivet, too. And… in spite of their vintage, these repurposed grain sacks can be machine washed (at 60 degrees) and tumbled to dry!
The 2 blue striped vintage towels have been paired as a set.
Source: Found Style
If you love them, you’re in luck because they’re available to purchase! Found Style has a whole assortment of vintage items to choose from, and the tea towels are just a sampling.
These vintage purple striped tea towels have been home loomed, a craft that is no longer widely practiced, and a process that is very time consuming.
If you look closely you can see some uneveness in the weave. This not only adds to the character of these tea towels, but also gives them a very special feel.
I love green! And look at the assortment of patterns here.
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So cheerful, but functional, too! Did you know that linen is best for drying glasses and china? Can you guess why?
It’s because linen doesn’t leave any lint!
Linen tea towels…
Antique, vintage, or new.
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They’re practical, and beautiful too!
Do you use linen tea towels?
I have a few older linen tea towels, but I’d love a collection of vintage ones. There’s something about them, their look and feel… And I’ve learned that for light stains and discolouration, Borax is a linen tea towel’s best friend. Test a small spot first to make sure your colours don’t run… and then soak your tea towel for a few hours in tepid water (some say to use distilled water) with a little Borax and a mild laundry detergent. Rinse and hang to dry. And of course… press out those wrinkles if you must 😉
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