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DREAM WEAVERS Leitner Leinen


NESTLED IN THE green, undulating hills of Austria’s Mühlviertel is a tradition that goes back five generations. Once scattered with the blue flowers of the flax fields, the hills are alive with the sound of weaving, and the rich linen tradition of the Leitner family continues in the village of Ulrichsberg, near the Bavarian and Bohemian borders. Leitner Leinen was founded in 1853 and is now


a leader in Austria’s textile industry. The company produces table, bath and bedlinens elegant enough to completely transform a room, whether contemporary or classic. Jakob Leitner, from the family’s sixth generation, outlines the company’s commitment to quality and design. “The product is totally crafted in Ulrichsberg. We use flax from France and Belgium now, and threads spun exclusively for Leitner in Italy and Hungary add to the quality.” The weave itself is unusual: 40 warp threads per cm contribute to the exclusive luxury finish of the product. With Leitner products available across Europe


and the rest of the world, Jakob credits his father, director Friedrich Leitner, with creating a brand that boasts both modern appeal and timeless designs. “Leitner today is a byword for fine, natural yarn,” says Friedrich. “We have learned over the years how to process the finest and most difficult fibres, to consider the significance of colour, and by using subtle shades in richly varied nuances, the items in our collections may be harmoniously combined.” Designs include pure, plain bed linens that are at once fresh and subtle, discreet botanic relief designs and traditional Austrian textile motifs.


The introduction of terry linen and soft, tactile


loungewear adds to the versatility of Leitner Leinen’s products; and, as all the products are available by the metre, creating custom products is simple. “We introduced our first capsule collections in 1995,” says Jakob, “and more than 20 years on, most of these designs are just as popular.” Design inspiration comes from woodcuts,


paintings and the natural environment from different regions of Austria. These are given a modern touch with a natural colour palette. “Our in-house designer has been producing our exclusive collections for 15 years, and her designs are exciting yet classic,” Jakob adds. Interior designers and lifestyle stores alike love the ease of ordering fabric by the metre, allowing them to create their own Leitner curtains, upholstery and home textiles, as well as taking advantage of Leitner’s own bespoke made-to- measure services. Fusing tradition with contemporary design,


Leitner Leinen is a brand synonymous with luxurious, tactile fabrics. Not only do Leitner Leinen textiles feature in the private spaces of Europe’s design- conscious, they can also be found in some of the top restaurants and hotels around the globe, including the Armani Hotel in Dubai and Le Bailli de Suffren in Saint-Tropez. And because Leitner textiles combine modern neutrals with pared-back classics, they have the kind of timeless appeal that makes them popular in stylish homes from Germany to Japan: a far cry from the hills of the Mühlviertel. — www.leitnerleinen.com


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