Luxurious Linens

European craftsmanship now available for American homes

Two companies bring the softness and craftsmanship of fine European linens into American homes. Haute Home's Italian cotton and Belgian linens for bed and table are exquisitely hand-embroidered in Vietnam with motifs like bees and sunflowers whose centers comprise hundreds of French knots. Gracious Style has Belgian, Irish, and Czech linen damasks; cotton damasks from Italy; French embroidered tablecloths; and laces from England based on 18th- and 19th-century designs. Custom sizes and an array of monogram styles are available from both companies. Haute Home: $24-$550 at specialty stores; 415-552-5740; Gracious Style: $12-$900 through the catalogue, 888-828-7170, or at