It is ubiquitous, necessary, and generally flies under the radar of the more important elements on a table. Table linen is that unsung aspect of your dining experience that hangs demurely in the background. However, tablecloths, runners, and napkins are just what you need to complement your well-chosen tableware and that elegant centrepiece that commands attention at dinners, you host. Wondering where you could find the right linen to dress up your dining table? We’ve rounded up a list of brands that you simply should not miss!
From cocktail napkins and placemats to runners and table cloths, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. And in this season of giving and receiving, you may just hit upon great gifting options for your family and friends.
Alpana Gujral Home
Her brand may be less than two months old, but Alpana Gujral’s table linen collection has all the marks of a sure-footed designer with a confident aesthetic. Collaborating with women who work from their homes, Alpana Gujral Home offers linens are richly infused with Indian craftsmanship. Pretty colours, modern designs and high-quality fabrics are the mainstays of her product range. Gujral’s label is dedicated solely to table linens, for now.
Price: Rs. 1,280 onwards
Ritu Kumar Home
A veteran fashion designer who built an empire on stunning garments that gave old crafts a fresh lease of life, Ritu Kumar Home is an extension of her love for textiles manifested on beautifully made homeware. Her range of well-curated table linen offers an elegant touch to ethno-chic designs and will make any table setting palate-pleasing.
Price: Rs. 650 onwards
This relatively young label has quickly established its signature style of effortless, tropical Indian chic. Nicobar’s Madagascar collection dips into lush inspiration that is the island of Madagascar and is sure to offer a laidback vibe to your brunches and lunches.
Buy here; the brand stores in Delhi/Gurugram, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad
Price: Rs. 500 onwards
Kari by Kriti
Bright, bold and almost bohemian, table linens by Kriti Jindal will make for colourful accents to your table setting. Her designs find frequent inspiration in her growing-up years in Dehradun, amid the untouched nature of the Himalayan town. Block-prints and traditional techniques combined with modern patterns and colours on a canvas of high-quality cottons of various weights.
Buy here; she sells internationally on Etsy as well
Price: Rs. 400 onwards
It’s simple, really. For homeware brand-cum-online-store Ellementry, good design is not a luxury, but the right of every discerning homeowner. Their line-up of table linens—placemats, runners, and napkins—just like their other offerings, are well-made and add a touch of the aesthetic to daily use, elevating the experience of dining ever so subtly.
Price: Rs. 490 onwards
Freedom Tree Home
Bold, graphic, whimsical and colourful, Freedom Tree Home sows the seeds of joyous décor with its range of furniture and furnishings—table linen included. So if you’re looking to dress up your table with an element of whimsy, you know just where to go.
Buy here; the brand stores in Bengaluru, Goa and Mumbai
Price: Rs. 380 onwards
A brand that specialises in table décor—runners, placemats, napkins and tablecloths, Thabisa offers the promise of design that exemplifies an unhurried lifestyle in our fast-paced world. And they deliver on their promise too, with a design aesthetic that is soothing, contemporary and finds inspiration in daily life. The latest collection, for instance, finds avian inspiration with the tiny sparrow as its central motif. The linens and fabric products are made under the label Linenology.
Baro Market founded by Srila Chatterjee is an online store that brings under one roof artisans, designers who find common ground in crafting products that lend an element of artistry to day-to-day living. The online store’s repertoire of table linens is no exception—from handwoven runners that become a canvas for a lost craft and upcycled table mats to cloth coasters and elegant napkins in muted colours.
Price: Rs. 195 onwards
Jaypore has made it its business to celebrate India’s heritage art and craft and make it relevant in today’s context. Its range of table linens is evocative of history as much as it is expressive of a modern idiom.
Price: Rs. 399 onwards
Everyone rejoiced when IKEA came to India, and with good reason. The go-to solution for every kind of need, IKEA rarely disappoints. And keeping with that tradition is the store’s wide range of table linen—which includes everything from napkins and coasters to cloths and runners, and chair pads too. Whatever the look you want, from laidback to high glam, you’ll most probably find it here.
Price: Rs. 79 onwards
While table linens from these brands are not available online at the moment, no list related to linens of any sort would be complete without their mention.
Ranjit Ahuja and Associates
The finest, pure linens, made from fibres imported from France and Belgium and woven in India, become the canvas for age-old techniques like hand-embroidery, appliqué and cutwork at this textile designer’s atelier in Mumbai. The designer with an international reputation, a presence in France, USA and Singapore and discerning clients across the globe creates collections that express quiet luxury, ranging from napkins to placemats to table cloths. All well-crafted, understated and in pure linen, always. And if you want something unique and just for you, then Ahuja’s atelier also custom-designs table linens for clients.
Availability: The Ranjit Ahuja and Associates Atelier in Colaba
Address: Tanna House Annexe, 1st Floor, Nathalal Parekh Marg (opp. YMCA), Colaba
Contact: (022) 2281 4871
Price: on request
At Sarita Handa, linens have always held a certain artisanal value. The range of table linens, too, express the subtle luxury that the brand has become known for. The current collection, of runners and placemat sets, is a fitting tribute to all things festive in the colours it showcases, and signature Sarita Handa in the inspirations it reflects—botanical and floral motifs, and Suzani, Palampore and Jacobean patterns.
Availability: Most of the table linen is available at Sarita Handa stores in Mumbai and New Delhi; the flagship store in Sultanpur, New Delhi has the entire collection at all times.
Address: 356/357, 2nd Floor, Sultanpur, MG Road, New Delhi
Contact: 09560278800, 09555733344
Price: Rs. 5,000 onwards
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