Every good museum has a shop. What makes a good shop is where what is on sale relates to the content of the museum. The Virtual Tea Towel Museum offers visitors some suggestions as to where they might buy tea towels online, from a reputable source. The disclaimer is that the individual companies/online shops are responsible for sales and service, not the Virtual Tea Towel Museum. However, you will see tea towels in the Collections from all these places. The Virtual Tea Towel Museum receives no commission from any sales. Happy Shopping!
Radical Tea Towel Company for tea towels with a political message (also mugs, coasters etc). Large range of tea towels. http://www.radicalteatowel.com
All Tea Towels for a huge range of tea towels from different companies, different designers, everything from flowers to animals to Art Deco style. http://www.all-tea-towels.co.uk
Love Menu Art. American company that uses old menus as the design for tea towels, posters etc. The place to go for quirky tea towels. They use the term ‘dish towel’. http://www.lovemenuart.com
Stuart Gardiner, the ultimate in ‘info-graphic’ tea towels (plus placemats, trays etc). You want to know about tea, coffee, wine, beer, cheese, fruit and veg; this is the place to go. http://www.stuartgardiner.com
Simon Drew is an artist with a quirky sense of humour. He has a range of about a dozen tea towels, as well as aprons etc. The website is good fun. http://www.simondrew.co.uk
Ulster Weavers. Probably everyone has heard of Ulster Weavers but they do have a huge range of tea towels and other kitchen ware. You may find tea towels on the website that you won’t see in shops and vice versa. http://www.ulsterweavers.com
Context Interiors, a specialist producer of tea towels designed by Iain McIntosh, the illustrator of Alexander McCall Smith’s books. They do have two physical shops in Edinburgh. http://www.contextinteriors.co.uk
Ettrick Valley are specialist providers of Scottish tea towels (and all things Scottish). A lot of different designs with their ‘signature’ on the bottom. http://www.ettrickvalley.co.uk
Perkins and Morley. Small collection of tea towels but they are some of my favourites – the Venery Nouns. https://shop.perkinsandmorley.com
Bags of Love. If you want to create a one-off tea towel, as a gift for someone (or yourself) from a photo then Bags of Love enable you to do this online, in your own way. Sometimes they do 3 for 2 offers or other deals. http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk
Other shopping venues will be added in due course! If you have any recommendations, let me know via the Visitor’s Book.
1 March 2020