The well dressed table, whether for an informal evening repast or a multi-course holiday celebration, calls for placemats and napkins that are fitting for the occasion.
Recently in the market for both, I discovered that few sources remain for American made table linens. In my search, I came upon Mountain Weavers, a Vermont company that specializes in tablecloths, placemats and napkins in a homespun Appalachian pattern, which features small squares on one side and larger squares on the reverse.
The company’s wares come in a wide variety of color combinations. I purchased a set of both their placements and their napkins in a stone and cranberry pattern. The company recommends a cold water wash and line drying and suggests allowing for some shrinkage.
I know virtually nothing about Mountain Weavers, except that its wares are made in Dorset, Vermont. With a little Nancy Drewing, I discovered that the company is owned by one David Rihm. But additional information was equivocal. One source claimed the company began operations in 1954. Another suggested that it was established in 1960 and was originally located in Pennsylvania.
A number of online merchants feature the company’s products, and I purchased mine from the Olde Church Emporium. About that enterprise I can complement the promptness of their service while bemoaning their excessive shipping charges–$12 for a very light package sent first class.