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A famous name in linens has branched out onto the web

An online world of luxurious, pampering linens

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A famous name in linens has branched out onto the web

January 20 2011
Nicole Swengley

Splashing out on luxurious bed linens and blankets is a true investment – particularly on ice-cold winter nights. And whether you’re looking for the softest goose-down duvet, a super-sized bath sheet in a perfect shade of lavender, the finest Egyptian cotton sheets or even some bespoke linen for your yacht, you can now buy online at Woods of Harrogate.

Woods is one of those rare gems – a family-run business dating back to 1895 whose bricks-and-mortar store in Harrogate, Yorkshire, has long been celebrated for its comprehensive choice of fine bed linens and textiles for kitchens, bathrooms and dining rooms. We’re talking here about deeply pampering products – pure white 100 per cent goose-down pillows, 600 thread-count cotton bed linen, cashmere-lined, faux-fur bed-throws. Woods is also one of a handful of UK retailers stocking linens by Frette, while its bespoke service caters for beds in unusual shapes and linens for extra-long dining tables.

The website’s home page details the most popular purchases – satin-bound lambswool and cashmere blankets (kingsize, £275), white goose-down pillows (from £90), cotton percale bed linen with 220 thread-count in 10 colours from white through taupe to aubergine (kingsize flat sheets, from £44.25) and Imperial Check towels (bath towel, £19.50). But it’s worth trawling further to seek out the most cosseting ideas such as jumbo-size Imperial Luxury bath sheets (£43.25) in luscious colours such as dark pink, metal blue or terracotta with boutique hotel-style, co-ordinating bathrobes (from £76.50). Or silky-soft, cotton-sateen Graziano Italian bed linen with elegant hem-stitch detail in a 600 thread count (kingsize duvet cover, £241.25).

And if you feel your bed doesn’t quite cut the mustard for such sumptuous wrappings, don’t despair: Woods will even make you a bespoke bed and offers a complete interior design service with hand-sewn curtains, soft furnishings and upholstery (new and restored) carried out at its in-house workshop.