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  • How to look after your Italian table linens

    I always have lots of customers asking me how to care for their linen tablecloths and tea towels, so here is a quick run-down of my tips and tricks.

    One thing to keep in mind is that linen is one of the strongest natural fibres. The fibres that make the fabric are even stronger when wet, so you don't have to be too gentle with your tablecloths, napkins and tea towels.

  • How are Deruta Ceramics made?

    Why are they so precious, and what makes them so popular? Deruta Ceramics are part of the tradition of maiolica production, that spread through nor...
  • Five ways to use a table runner

    Does anyone else wonder how to use table runners?  I have to admit I was very unsure of table runners when I started importing our beautiful linen ...
  • Time, tradition and passion - the production process of Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena D.O.P.

    A passion for balsamic vinegar is nothing new – in 1046 the Holy Roman Emperor Henry III was presented with a silver bottle of this precious nectar...
  • Our Partners - Acetaia Villa San Donnino

    We first met Davide Lonardi, the owner of Acetaia  Villa San Donnino in Modena, when we started taking our guests to taste his exceptional balsamics as part of our Italian Tours to northern Italy. 

    We are thrilled to stock 3 of Davide's products in the store. 

  • Maiolica – a long and vivid history!

    What are Deruta Ceramics (or Deruta pottery) and what is the history? 

    The development of Maiolica goes back as far as the 9th Century in Mesopotamia, but Italian ceramicists made a huge leap in production processes in the 14th Century that led to the establishment of major production centres in Deruta, Montelupo and Faenza to name a few.