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Napery News.

In addition to our super sumptuous 2.3 feet square oversized napkin, our napery range has just extended to include a smaller dinner and lunch size. And, all now available in plain weave, single damask and double damask sure to suit any table where a modicum of good taste might be enjoyed.

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C is for Claridge's.

Huckaback towels have been found in the grand country houses and hotels of Ireland and England for centuries. And are still found in the most discerning today.

Made of 100% linen, huckaback refers to a particular weaving technique creating an uneven surface which allow the towels to absorb water faster, and to dry quickly. A very different weave from that used for bed linens. These towels offer a good grip, are sturdy and stimulate/exfoliate the skin leaving you revitalised and fresh. And a far healthier alternative to germ-breeding cotton. Read our health benefits blurb under Pillow Talk section. 

The hand towel in the photograph is vintage. I met the man, long since gone, who deftly procured it and several others. He was incredibly wealthy and always stayed at Claridge's www.claridges.co.uk in London from the 1950s until as recent as 2005. He felt that every now and then a little something to bring home was deserved. Which is particularly amusing given that fact that he was so rich he could have bought the hotel lock, stock and hand towel. This towel is now several decades old, and aside from a little patina on the monogrammed C, it is gossamer soft, silky and in perfect nick.

Welcome to the world of the huckaback, and a hidden world of luxury.

 

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Is your bath towel making you sick?

Conventional fluffy cotton towels get wet. And while they may look clean, they often sit for days in warm, moist bathrooms collecting makeup, dust, dirt and dead skin particles which provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungal growth.

These infested damp towels can cause such problems as a bacterial infection like impetigo, fungal infection like tinea and bacterial build-up on the skin causing blemishes and acne breakouts. On a more serious note, viruses that can cause the cold, the flu, sores, pink eye, warts hide in towels. Not to mention more serious cases like MRSA and staph infections can spread through unsanitary towels.

"We have re-introduced the linen bath towel which is naturally resistant to fungi, micro flora, mould and bacteria and therefore does not provide a friendly breeding ground for these illness-causing pathogens. The towels can also be machine-washed at 90°C, may be boiled, dried in the sun and hot-ironed thereby ensuring maximum sterilization and the elimination of pesky critters."

If a bathroom is well ventilated, a cotton towel may dry out quickly after use, and the chance of bacteria or fungi surviving on that towel is lower. However, a towel more often than not takes hours to dry out because of the thick fluffy looped terry and that the bathroom is usually humid and maintains moisture. Then you are at higher risk of growing microbes in that towel. Linen towels, on the other hand, air-dry quickly.

"Irish Linen towels were always, and still are, found in the grand country houses of Ireland and England. Even on the Titanic as only the best linen would do.  Who would have thought all these years later we appreciate them for their health benefits?".

The FRANCIS M. linen towel is available in two sizes - a generously sized bath towel and smaller hand towel. The looser and larger weave produces an uneven surface and makes it highly absorbent and also gives a micro-massaging effect helping to exfoliate the skin and give the feeling of spa in your own bathroom. Being thin and lightweight, the linen towel is perfect for gym, travel, beach house and baby swaddling cloth. Available in the appropriately traditional broken white/ecru which will lighten and get softer with use. See http://francis-m.com/collections/bath for details.

 

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