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Tom Vieth Captures the Beauty of France in Brushstrokes

Painter Tom Vieth

Tom Vieth at work

The tea towel is said to have originated in England in the late 1800s — a high-quality, lint-free towel that was reserved for drying fancy china and polishing silver. Our Provence Tea Towels combine the English tradition of quality with the beauty of the French countryside as captured by artist Tom Vieth.

Tom is an American ex-pat who’s been painting for more than 30 years. He creates his award-winning designs in a small village in the south of France. Inspired by the work of Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy, Tom frequently paints on location in an agricultural region that's full of wheat, sunflowers and bees — with bees being an important part of the local culture.

“Tom is a happy and joyous person,” says Susan, his wife and business partner, who adds that Tom’s colorful tea towel designs are an effort to share the everyday joys of living in France. “We wanted to make something useful and express the charm and culture of the Dordogne region of France.”