This is one vintage Madeira hand-towel that looks like it is brand new. The appliqué of the polo player, his horse, and the ball are fantastic. Made in Portugal, this is a beautiful and crisp towel.
More ideas for using Hand and Fingertip Towels:
Double up: place larger hand towels under finger-tip towels; use them to line sandwich trays; use larger towels as cafe curtains; make your own lingerie bag by folding in half and sewing the sides and making a drawstring closure; for a picnic or casual dining, use all different ones as large napkins: roll up the silverware in each or drape against the back of chairs; give them as birthday, teacher, or wedding gifts.
When it comes to vintage hand towels, sometimes the more the better. That is the motto we took when we did these two bathrooms. For a client, we used curtain rods as towel bars, so we could have more room. And then we hung one above the other, and filled them, layered upon each other, with lots of different vintage hand and fingertip towels in varying lengths and monograms. Some we had monogrammed int he owners initials, and some are just random letters.
In another bathroom, we took a vintage towel rack, and put a slab of glass on the top bar, turning it into a shelf. Instead of leaving it as JUST a shelf, we went ahead and also layered several vintage towels on both bars also.
In casual bathrooms, we have used old ladders as towel racks and piled on the vintage hand towels. In one bathroom we kept to a theme of vintage French and German white linens with red turkey work, and in the other powder bath, we used all colours that were soft and pastel. Bottom line: Everything goes, and whatever works!
All these examples can be seen in the picture gallery here.
WE HAND-WASH ALL OF OUR ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE LINENS. WE THEN PRESS EACH ONE WITH AN IRON, AND SEAL THEM TO PREVENT FURTHER AGING. IF THERE ARE ANY AGE SPOTS WE DISCLOSE IT IN THE DESCRIPTION. IF WE MISS ONE, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR APOLOGY AND CONTACT US IF NOT SATISFIED.
Because this is antique or vintage fabric, it is best to hand-wash it. Using a detergent that is specialized for vintage linens is important, as they are less harsh and have special ingredients that take out yellowing, odors and age spots (wow, I wonder if there is an anti-aging cream like this?) The two we like best are Le Blanc Linen and RESTORATION - which is CURIO's preferred product and available for purchase in our textile section of the store. Be sure to follow the directions on the containers and the results will be amazing.
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