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About George Henry:
The tradition of hand embroidered linens began more than 150 years ago on the island of Madeira far off the coast of Portugal. A young Englishwoman was responsible for turning a simple past time of hand embroidery into a cottage industry famous worldwide.
The founder of the company, George Henry Lee, a highly decorated WWII British pilot became passionate for the finest quality of linens. This resulted in him settling for nothing but the best; Madeira. In the 1980’s he established his own fine linens company; George Henry Ltd. For three generations, the George Henry family has brought this old world craftsmanship in best of the Madeira tradition to the modern market.
We begin using the finest European fabrics available. For our exquisite table designs, our elaborate and hand embroidered bed sheets; crisp linens and high thread count cottons from Belgium and Italy are chosen. The sheerest of cotton organdies from Switzerland complement many of our intricate designs. Each design is selected and hand drawn with delicacy. With their needles and baskets of thread in hand, the women of the rural country side await their instructions, as generations of women have before them.
Stitch by stitch the women turn a piece of fabric into a treasured heirloom; an uncompromising work of art. Each embroidered work is reflective of the artisans’ long hours of dedication. Graceful flowing lines, floral imageries and whimsical geometric patterns are characteristic of the Madeira handiwork. Machines are unable to replicate these intricacies with the same execution and compassion for detail. With each hand thread stitch the essence and soul of Madeira comes to life.
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