History of our Linens & Lace

Before we go over our product offerings, let me give you a brief history of linens and lace – specifically the migration of the craft from all regions of the globe.

 

Again, these prized collections are more than affordable – probably less than you would spend at the big box bedding outlets.

 

How is that possible?

 

For hundreds of years lace was primarily made by hand. Its creation then was more than a trade; it was very nearly a fine art. The beauties and distinctions of the various laces were known and understood by the great ladies of and gentlemen who wore them, much as a connoisseur knows a fine painting.

 

But lace was expensive; it was a luxury fabric and few could afford it. It was natural to treat it as a collector’s item.

Today, with the advent of machines, lace is within everyone’s reach.

You see lace on baby’s clothes, lingerie, wedding gowns and even handkerchiefs.

But not all laces are the same. There is special lace for every specialized purpose. And knowing something of its history, tradition and classification – adds to its fascination.

Here goes.

 

The history of lace really starts in Italy – prior to the sixteenth history. Venice taught lace-making to other sections of Italy, and from there it spread to France, Flanders, Belgium, England and Ireland. Like art, the wealthiest most distinguished families in Europe, came to look upon lace as a proud possession – a mark of prosperity. The Medici and Doges families lead in its extravagance of this delicate, priceless fabric.

Where does that fit today?

Consider when Benjamin Franklin arrived in France representing the American Colonies, got aid from France to secure its independence. The influence of French dressing became apparent as the French expedition remained concentrated in Newport and Rhode Island – and so Americans adopted some of the social customs of France. So much so that the Museum of Art represents such pieces as Needlepoint lace – handmade point d’alencon, point d’argentan…

Today, lace and linen in their finery are still prized possession. Now they adorn our bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens … but especially Bedrooms.

But now, more affordable – without losing appeal, style, class … and reverence.

So consider the collection The Lace and Linens Co. has made available for you, in:

  • linens
  • lace
  • cut-works
  • embroidery
  • and other time honoured traditions

Whether you’re looking to enhance your bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room or your kitchen … we have a few special collectables for you.

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