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Moutet Montmartre Tea Towel

Moutet Montmartre Tea Towel


“There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here...the French air clears up the brain and does good - a world of good.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

Mr. Van Gogh definitely knew Paris and while he lived there, he called Montmartre, the famed artist's quarter, his home. Perched on top of a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is full of Parisian charms: cobblestone streets, the gleaming white Sacré-Cœur basilica, charming cafés and bistros and the ambiance of a small village.

From the venerable Moutet weavers located in the Basque region of France, a tea towel beautifully designed to capture the joie de vivre of Montmartre. Woven in brilliant shades of red, the towel features the famed basilica, the many steps leading up to the top of the hill and the charming carousel located at its base. A sweet little blue heart is embroidered into the sky above the basilica and the towel exudes the creative joys of this beloved village on the hill.

100% cotton.  Machine wash cool with like colors. Tumble dry low or for best results line dry. These densely woven jacquard towels will become even more absorbent with each wash.  27" x 20".

Learn More About Moutet

In 1919, Jean-Baptiste Moutet founded a small weaving mill on the banks of the Gave du Pau River in the town of Orthez in the Basque region of France. Working alongside other small industries, Moutet has acted as a leader in Basque weaving since its origins.

Renowned for weaving traditional Basque patterns on sturdy linen fabrics, the original linens Moutet produced were used as blankets for his oxen to protect them in the fields. Adorned with seven woven stripes, each representing one of the seven Basque regions.

Expanding the mill to 40 employees, Jean-Baptiste’s son, Georges Moutet, carried on the second generation of weaving after he taught himself the latest mechanisms in looming. Carrying on from generation to generation of Moutets, the third and fourth generations acquired jacquard looms, allowing for more complex weaving and patterns.

The fifth generation continues the legacy to this day. Reviving old patterns and sustaining the high-quality linens behind the name Moutet, the factory still stands in the Basque region and is proud to have received the honorable "Enterprise du Patrimoine Vivant" title - an award by the French state to recognize French firms for their excellence and tradition, making Moutet an official living heritage company.

With over 1,000 color options at their mill, each linen is cut by hand, meticulously inspected for quality, and finally labeled with the name Moutet - a nearly 100 year old name in French linen tradition.

For a fascinating, behind-the-scenes glimpse at what goes into the creation of a Moutet towel, please take a moment and watch this beautifully produced short video. The music and images are captivating and the love and care that goes into each towel is clearly evident. The very last two people that you'll see in the video are the current owners of the company, Catherine Moutet and her son, Benjamin.

L'envers du décor des Tissages Moutet from Tissage Moutet on Vimeo

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