A good choice of table linens adds warmth and life to a dining table. Many exhibitors deal in antique linens, but each has his or her own speciality. Make sure you pay a visit to the stands of Terres d’Autrefois, Christine Blanc, Marie Cizeron, Nathalie Mathis, Audrey Lemoine, Monique Davidoff, Daniel Guermeur and Fabienne Lesage.

Family stories

When they discovered that their three daughters were not interested in inheriting their parents’ white linen, Daniel Guermeur and his wife had the idea of dying the antique linens, and it has now become their specialty. They make the dyes with carefully adjusted doses of artificial and natural powders from France and India, mixed in their workshop in Mouy in the Oise.

Nathalie Mathis‘s passion for antique linens and clothing comes from her mother, with whom she has been scouring flea markets and fairs since 2000. Mother and daughter know all there is to know about refined household linens (towels, sheets, tablecloths and curtains), hand-embroidered clothing (blouses, shirts, etc.) and accessories like hats or handbags. When they find fine pieces, they lovingly wash, iron and mend them before showing them to their customers.