Common as it may be today, history defines Damask patterns as the linens of royalty. Damask is one of the basic weaving techniques founded by the Byzantine and Islamic weaving centers of the Middle Ages and is believed to have derived it's name from Damascus, Syria.
During the Second Crusade, weavers were brought into Italy to reproduce this fine pattern. In the 1600's weavers were producing fine linens in Belgium and the Netherlands. By the 1700's Damask was being produced also in France. Linens with the Damask pattern at this time was only being used by well-to-do and aristocrat Europeans and Americans. Ireland, Italy and France are now the countries where the finest damask is produced.
In 1926, etiquette expert Emilie Post stated, "No other table covering, no matter how fine or elaborate, satisfies our inherent sense of faultless suitability."
Today's designers and brides seeking elegance and luxury, still agree with history - Damask weddings
and wedding favors
are a favorite among brides. So rent the finest damask linens, showcase the best china, crystal and sterling at your reception and let your guests take home damask wedding favors
to remind them of your day - We guarantee your table settings and wedding will be the talk among your guests for years to come!