*Please note, this product is custom woven when your order is placed, please allow 6–12 months for completion.
I have had a love affair with linen damask since the first time I laid eyes on a napkin woven in the 17th century. The pattern in damask is created through the contrast of the warp and weft yarns in the woven structure itself. Areas displaying one set of yarns pick up the light differently than those that display the other set. As the viewing angle or light changes, the patterning appears to come and go, giving damask an almost magical quality. Singles linen yarns become highly reflective when subjected to the pressure of a mangle or iron, taking on a silky sheen. These napkins are woven on the oldest privately owned working Jacquard loom in North America which was specifically built for the Irish linen damask industry.
The design of this napkin comes from the Agiculture & Manufactures coverlets woven in 19th-century New York. Learn more about the symbolism of the imagery here.
This is a large napkin on the order of napkins from the 16th–19th centuries; open them full size for formal occasions, or fold them up for everyday use. Woven of natural gray singles linen yarn, their color will gently mellow with age into a buttery cream color, a testament to the many meals they've witnessed. Linen has a uniquely elegant versitility, beautiful when line dried with casual wrinkles, or mangled or ironed to bring a high gloss to the damask pattern. A well made linen napkin is an investment that will serve dutifully on the table for centuries.
Linen Damask Napkin—Agriculture & Manufactures
- 28" x 30"—Aproximately, actual dimensions may vary +/- 1"
- Singles linen warp, singles linen weft
- Natural gray
- Eight-leaf satin damask weave
- Hemmed on two ends, all sewing by hand
- Wash warm to cold, line dry, mangle or iron if desired