As the heat of the summer fades and the leaves start to turn, our focus turns to the upcoming holidays starting soon with Hanukkah straight thru New Year’s Eve – it’s time to start getting ready for the holiday season!
We work with many customers and designers alike who need a custom size for their table and we are prepared to take your orders now to ensure a beautiful setting for Thanksgiving. We have the capability to make almost any size you need and typically require 8-10 weeks to produce (for items like Marbella – hand embroideries like Merry Merry or Candy Cane require four months to customize). With that said we strongly recommend you contact us today to discuss your custom requirements or browse our new 2016 tablecloths collection, which feature delicate handwork of floral embroideries, exquisite hemstitching and bold colors.
A Brief History of English Teatime Tradition
Being half British, every day at four o’clock in the afternoon at Granny and Grandpa’s house, tea was served. This was not simply a mug of tea with a bag on a string. We are talking serious tea, carried into the living room by Grandpa, on an antique silver tray. Piping hot tea in a gorgeous antique silver teapot (Victorian of course), rich cream in a matching creamer, sugar cubes (ok this was a nod to convenience) in an ornate silver sugar bowl with an antique silver spoon, and of course, a silver strainer to pour the tea through into our porcelain tea cups, were all presented on a gorgeous silver footed tray. Naturally, biscuits (cookies really) were served with “Tea”. (No wonder I was a little rounder then!) This tradition made an indelible mark and gave me an appreciation and love for these stunning silver tea sets and the joy of family tea time.
My beloved grandparents gave me a beautiful antique tea set as a wedding gift, dating from 1896. This gorgeous set is displayed in my dining room, ready for tea time when my parents visit. Otherwise it sits proudly as silver sculpture, a historic and beautiful set, handcrafted by skilled silversmiths. This is truly one of my prized possessions. I wondered why Brits love tea and how tea-time tradition evolved.
This elegant tea time trend and refinement in silver-smithing was a perfect marriage which resulted in the design and development of gorgeous tea services. Schweitzer Linen has a stunning Tea Set available from this era. The ornate feet, swirling motifs and detailed handles and tops are beautiful examples of the high level of artisans of the era. These pieces present themselves as works of art and should also be used to bring the family together to enjoy afternoon Tea.
The root of our success starts with the basics…100% pure cotton. Our production begins before the idea for a new design is born. It starts in the cotton fields where cotton is grown, picked and spun into a long fiber ready to use to make your favorite t-shirt or sheets and the oils in cotton are used to make many products found on grocery store shelves.
We work year round on sourcing the finest Egyptian cotton; this includes testing fabrics for thread count, density and pilling factor. We are always improving our quality and sourcing the finest fabrics as the base for our one of a kind designs. Once we find a good fabric we’ll send it to our finisher in Italy where the fabric gets a makeover and comes out with a polished finish which can now be sent to our factories for printing and embroidering.