Set the scene.
Eating the Italian way isn’t only about the food–it’s about the ambiance too! Transport your table to the Romagnolo countryside with this rustic table setting, made by Italian artisans.
- Rust-Dyed Napkins (Set of Four)
- Porta Pane Bag
- Olive Wood Cheese Grater
Napkins: 100% linen. Dye is made following an ancient recipe with three simple ingredients: vinegar, flour, and rust.
Porta Pane Bag: 100% hemp. Dye is made following an ancient recipe with three simple ingredients: vinegar, flour, and rust.
Olive Wood Cheese Grater: Italian olive wood and stainless steel
Napkins: Machine washable. Rust-dye stamped linens are extremely durable! Upon first use, we recommend washing with a bit of bleach, which will help brighten up the color of the rust-based dye itself. For future care, gentle bleach treatment for stains will not affect the dyed patterns. Hang dry and iron for best results. Nota bene: Do not wash with hydrogen peroxide-based stain removers or color-safe bleach as these products will cause the color to oxidize and eventually wear holes into the fabric. Stick to natural Marseille soap, vegetable-based glicerin soaps, and regular bleach.
Porta Pane Bag: Spot clean with water and mild detergent and machine wash on delicate cycle as needed. Nota bene: Do not wash with hydrogen peroxide-based stain removers or bleach as these products will damage the color of the dye. Stick to natural Marseille soap, vegetable-based glicerin soaps, and regular bleach.
Olive Wood Cheese Grater: Rub with food-safe mineral oil to season the wood (you can even use olive oil to do this). Handwash in warm water with a gentle detergent and dry immediately after use. Re-oil your pieces as needed with a soft kitchen towel, when the wood begins to look and feel a bit dry, at least once a month. Rub the food-safe oil in a circular motion from top to bottom, covering the whole piece. Never put olive wood in the dishwasher.
About the Producers
Since 1977, Arte Legno – literally “Art Wood” – has been working with Italian olive wood to create beautiful, timeless kitchen tools and objects. Olive trees have been cultivated in Italy since the 6th century BC. At their laboratory located in the heart of Spello in Umbria, two generations of woodworkers have been handcrafting each piece with care.
Located in Santa Sofia, a small city nestled within the Romagna region, Peromatto is a contemporary textile block printing workshop with roots in the age-old artisanal tradition of ‘rust printing’, stampa a ruggine, particular to the Romagna region of Italy. By combining modern laser technology with traditional wooden block stamps, they are able to carve out their nature-inspired designs with precision while still following the traditional method of hand-block rust printing. Each wooden block is then dipped in a natural rust-extracted dye and imprinted onto linen or cotton fabrics by hand with the help of a mallet.