These organic linen placemats designed by Danish textile artist Karin Carlander add a sense of elegance and ease to any place setting, from the breakfast nook to the patio table. Made of 100% linen, the placemats are woven on traditional looms, so there will be slight variations in the thickness of the threads and pattern of the weave.
It is best to hand wash and line dry the placemat before use, to soften the textile.
Soak the placemat overnight in cold water before the first wash. Hand wash in warm water with a light soap, and line dry. For a pressed placemat, iron the textile while slightly damp. For a natural wrinkled look, use the placemat directly after line drying.
Danish textile designer Karin Carlander was had a small loom in her childhood house, which she used as a girl to make gifts for her family. At age 19, Carlander studied under the French weaver Jacqueline de la Baume Dürrbach, who worked with Picasso to create tapestries of several of his paintings. “She was very strong,” Carlander remembers. “I learned from her not just weaving, but also about living as an artist.” Carlander then attended design school in Denmark, finishing in 1987. She spent the following decades exhibiting her weavings and working as a textile designer for several established companies.
In 2013, Carlander began her own line of home textiles. “I wanted to find a way to put my hand weaving in a modern context,” she says. She worked to find skilled weavers in Lithuania who were able to produce these placemats on traditional looms, as modern machine looms cannot use 100% linen, since the speed of the machines breaks the thread. “This way of working is not easy,” says Carlander of the process. “I draw on the loom and then work with the patterns, to make many samples of the same weaving.”
?Each placemat has retained the selvedges, or raw edge of the textile. “For me, the selvedges are very important because you see the connection to the hand weaving,” Carlander explains. “It’s a connection to the artistic process.” Her color tones are drawn from the changes in the natural world in Scandinavia, such as the subtle seasonal changes in sea, snow and lichens.
Organic linen placemats add a sense of elegance to place settings, from the breakfast nook to the picnic table. Designed by Danish textile artist Karin Carlander and woven on traditional looms.
20.5 inches x 15.5 inches
(52 cm x 39.4 cm)
- Woven on traditional looms
- Add elegance to any place setting
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