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Moutet 2024 Paris Olympics Tea Towel

Moutet 2024 Paris Olympics Tea Towel


Citius, Altius, Fortius – Communiter

Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together

(Olympic Motto as revised in 2021)

With historic ties to the Modern Olympic Games going back 300 years, Paris welcomes the world once more this summer for the 33rd Olympiad! Bursting with the irrepressible spirit of sport, the beloved Moutet weavers of France have created this beautifully woven tea towel to commemorate the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. 

Capturing the excitement of the Games, this stylish tea towel with its streamlined Art Deco design, depicts a variety of athletes in action from cycling and volleyball to diving and rowing, from track and field to fencing. With a nod to the proud host city, the Eiffel Tower is also woven into the background of this captivating towel.

In dynamic shades of blue with a band of cherry red at the very bottom, this commemorative towel captures the vitality and drama of competition and is sure to bring the spirit and excitement of the historic Paris 2024 Summer Olympics to your kitchen.

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

Learn More About the Olympics in France

From the very beginning, France has played a prominent role in the history of the modern Olympic Games. Olympism actually organized its rebirth in France at the turn of the 20th century and the country then hosted the Games no fewer than five times from 1900 to 1992. The story that the Games and France are writing together this summer now spans three centuries: from the inaugural "Olympic Congress on the Revival of the Olympic Games" that Baron Pierre de Coubertin convened at the Sorbonne in 1894 to the Paris 2024 Games 130 years later. This eventful story is sprinkled with momentous developments and firsts that have shaped Games history.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Greece, as a tribute to the ones in antiquity. The Games of the second Olympiad were organised in Paris and lasted over five months, from May to October 1900. The Paris 1900 Games were included in the 1900 World's Fair (Exposition Universelle), which was much better known at the time than the recently revived Olympics. Unfortunately, the exhibition’s organisers referred to the event as the “International competition of physical exercises and sports” and that was the name that stuck. The term “Olympic” was used so rarely that many spectators and even some contenders were unaware, and remained unaware for years (sometimes until their death), that they had actually taken part in the Olympic Games.

Six Olympiads later, the Games were once again organised in Paris – as well as the surrounding region, as the event had grown considerably since 1900. This time, the Games were properly referred to as “Olympics” and had gained prominence around the world with 44 countries on all continents sending athletes to compete. The 1924 Games lasted over four months from May 4 to July 27. The Paris 1924 Games were the first to feature the original Olympic motto, Citius, Altius, Fortius (“Faster, Higher, Stronger”).

The Paris 1924 Games were not the only Olympic Games to be held in France that year. The very first Winter Olympic games were held earlier that year in Chamonix from January 25 to February 4.

The Winter Olympics returned to France 44 years later for their tenth installment. They were held in the Alpine city of Grenoble in 1968 and ushered the Games into modernity as the first to televise the events in color.

Sixty-eight years after the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix in 1924, and 24 years after the ones in Grenoble, the Games were back in the French Alps. This time they took over the town of Albertville from 8 to 23 February 1992. 

Thirty-two years after the 1992 Games in Albertville, Paris 2024 is planning to do what France has done every time it has organised the Games: push back the boundaries. Holding the first carbon-neutral Games, the first gender-equal Games, and the first Games to include competitions that everyone is welcome to take part in: that is what Paris 2024 is aiming to do, to honour France’s Olympic heritage and take it to the next level.

*"France and the Olympics" history adapted from and courtesy of Olympics.com.

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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