Quality natural linen kitchen items are hard to find; most kitchen linens in the market are more of a polyester blend. For this reason, I was eager to see (and feel) first hand, these Lithuanian natural linen products. Two items were reviewed: The Natural Linen Celebrity Table Runner and assorted linen/cotton tea towels.
LinenMe Natural Linen Celebrity Table Runner - Review
The Celebrity Table Runner is 100% natural linen, machine washable and 16" x 59" in size. This length provides a nice drop on each end of my 42" table. LinenMe also makes this linen table runner in a 79" length, which would be more suitable for a larger table. As with the rest of LinenMe linen products, it is made in Lithuania.
Learn more from the manufacturer. MSRP: $69.99
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LinenMe Linen and Cotton Blend Tea Towels - Review
They are made of 53% linen and 47% cotton, have a small sewed-in loop for hanging and look lovely, especially when well pressed. You can also use one of these tea towels inside a bun basket to loosely wrap hot rolls - though LinenMe does make much prettier bread napkins for that purpose.
The size of the LinenMe tea towels is average and comparable to other brands which is adequate for drying dishes, but I'd love to see even larger ones sold. I mostly handwash and dry dishes and cookware so I've come to really appreciate larger tea towels. These tea towels did shrink slightly when washed, which was expected. You can expect some shrinkage when washing any natural linen or cotton kitchen linens - that's normal. Washing in cold water and drying with a lower heat, can usually help to reduce shrinkage.
Made in Lithuania
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MSRP: $21.99 for a set of two tea towels
More About the Company - LinenMe
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza,
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
I found their small catalog very impressive and according to the company, they are continually expanding their line of products as well as natural fibers, which now includes woolen items. Currently, they carry such items as table linens, bed linens, throws and blankets, bathroom linens and even a clothing line and fabrics. For those not familiar with natural fibers, natural linen or cotton bedding will keep you cool and comfortable (less sweating), much better than any poly blend.
Some other LinenMe items that caught my eye but were not tested include the Ecru Linen Bread Napkin with fancy hemstitch detail and the nice assortment of elegant-looking table linens. You can check out the full inventory at LinenMe.com.
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