Did you know that tea towels where once considered as a status symbol? They got their start in 18th century England when homemakers used them for more delicate jobs that couldn’t be trusted to household servants, like drying china and tea sets without leaving scratches. They were also used at teatime, when these towels would accompany other linens as part of the decorative place setting. Sometimes a clean, folded tea towel would serve as a soft place to set a warm teapot and people would wrap teapots with a them to help insulate the pot so the tea stayed warm. Tea towels over baskets of biscuits and scones kept them from going stale as well. All in all, the tea towel may be the most versatile of the towel family!
Nowadays they are still used for similar work (drying delicate dishes) but they also take on a much more decorative role in the house. Towels are chosen based on looks like stripes, fun images, checks and even sayings as a way to add a bit of color to the kitchen.
Below find some of my favorite teach towels that we use around our house in every room with a sink!