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Antique Linens

From ancient tapestries to century-old doilies, antique linens are a celebration of craft through the ages. Whether you're looking for embroidery, crochet, lace or beading, you'll find thousands of hand-finished antique linens to choose from.

If you have a theme to your collection or are planning to match your antique linens to your décor, you'll find a wide variety of styles including art deco, art nouveau and Victorian. Antique linens can also be filtered by country of origin including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.

While the vast majority of antique linens are white, cream or beige, it's possible to find rarer items in alternative colours such as green, blue, gold and pink. Here are some of the most common antique linens available.

Handkerchiefs

While carrying a handkerchief was highly practical for personal hygiene in times gone by, this thin square of fabric is better known for its sartorial purpose.

Handkerchiefs and pocket squares are displayed in the top pocket of men's jackets and can be made from silk, cotton or linen. Antique handkerchiefs may feature embroidered flowers or monograms in the corners, along with scalloped, fringed, or laced edges.

Bed Linens

A selection of pillowcases, quilts, sheets, bedspreads and blankets are available for those looking to expand their collection of antique bed linen. You'll find a wide range of shapes and sizes with decorative embroidery, ladder stitching, hand crochet and beading.

Typically sheets were designed to be highly decorative at the edges, so details could be seen when sheets were turned down for the night. Pillowcases are also highly detailed and feature a range of intricate patterns and edges.

Table Linens

In the world of interior design, nothing works better than the juxtaposition of old and new. Antique table linens can add a touch of old-school glamour to modern tableware and accessories. Choose from a wide selection of vintage napkins, tablecloths and table runners – all with hand-finished details such as laced or scalloped edges.

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