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Grubentücher, Linen tea towels, or Washing up in style


I've admired Sgaminegg's ample linen-cotton dishtowels for so long; now I have two of my own. The tag tells me Ruhrgebiet coal miners used these Grubentücher to rub themselves clean after a hard day's work. I'm merely grateful for a kitchen towel that isn't sodden after drying three pots.

Buy your own for 3.40 EUR at the Pomeranza Design Ranch, a newish shop/cafe that has won me over with its carefully selected mix of local and European designers. They also do a mean espresso, best accompanied by one of their crumbly, not-too-sweet peanut butter cookies (a snip at 30 cents).

Pomeranza Design Ranch, Raumerstraße 19, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (map)
Open Mo-Fr 10am-7pm, Sa 11am-6pm
Tel. (030) 4849 5760


oh, a new shop i don't know yet! yay!

p.s.: i love these classic looking old designs. just perfect.

Thanks for the tip; have you tried the Kaffee and Kuchen there yet? I hate washing up but if it must be done, let's avoid the soggy teatowel and do it in style.

Lovely towels. Reminds me a bit of the swedish weavers at Ekelund http://www.linnevaveriet.se/

Kristina, it's such a sweet place. I spent ages looking through their postcards.

Vanessa, I haven't tried their cakes yet (not sure if they had any?) but their coffee was delicious, and I was so charmed when they brought S a little cup of steamed milk einfach so.

Kimberly, I didn't know Ekelund. Thank you for the link!

I love that shop, too! :)

Thanks for the tip. I've written a post about my pleasure in discovering these towels on your blog and the weird coincidences the blogosphere throws at you.


Natalie, this made me laugh! They're great, aren't they? I keep meaning to return and buy more...

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