A potent symbol of abundance, bees in flight against the evocative colors of the Umbrian landscape with a honeycomb pattern that extends around the border of the towel. The api symbol was favored by Pope Urban VIII who had been the Bishop of Spoleto from 1608-17. Three bees were his coat of arms and can be followed all the way to Rome.
Api Coloniale Tea Towel
The weaving of textiles has been done in Umbria since the 12th century by the tessitori or weavers guild. Artisan loomed in the Jacquard style with patterns and styles that compliment any setting from the most formal to casual and are used on a daily basis in the kitchens and baths of my Umbrian friends as well as in many of Italy's most refined hotels and country houses.