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January 31, 2003

Williamsburg® Expands Products Lines, Unveils New Introductions at the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market

The WILLIAMSBURG Products Program’s newest expansion of its merchandise line will be shown at the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market Jan. 7-16. Building on elegant floral themes, WILLIAMSBURG licensed manufacturers will be showing new additions to the Images of Nature© collection, including the popular Garden Images™ design, at AmericasMart, the world’s largest wholesale merchandise marketplace.

C&F Enterprises expands on garden themes for WILLIAMSBURG with a broad introduction of decorative textiles that includes 10 Images of Nature needlepoint pillow designs and two embroidered linen sets featuring guest towels, cocktail napkins, runners, placemats and napkins. The pattern is illustrated with magnolias, dogwood and primroses inspired by the elegant paintings and illustrations of 18th-century botanical artists. C&F also will introduce this market, five needlepoint pillows, quilted bed linens, a tree skirt and a Christmas stocking--all designed to coordinate with the popular WILLIAMSBURG seasonal tabletop pattern by Lenox Inc., Boxwood and Pine.

Tele-fun, a new WILLIAMSBURG licensed manufacturer, introduces its first collection of laminated decorative hostess items and serveware for the brand at this market. Tele-fun has incorporated the WILLIAMSBURG Garden Images fabric collection from Waverly into laminated trays, ice buckets and other service items to create coordinate pieces that are both functional and beautiful. “In tele-fun’s first WILLIAMSBURG collection, we will utilize the Garden Images botanical pattern based on George Ehret’s gorgeous botanical study painted in 1737,” said Leslie Monsky, president of tele-fun. “Besides being interesting and beautiful to look at, the historical accuracy and significance of the WILLIAMSBURG designs make the products special gifts and a treasure to own.” Prices on the new line from tele-fun will range between $10 and $70.

Several WILLIAMSBURG licensees also will showcase existing and expanded product lines at the Atlanta market. India Overseas Traders Inc. will display tabletop linens, including pineapple damask placemats and napkins and solid textured placemats and napkins, as well as new colors and sizes of the best-selling WILLIAMSBURG rag rugs. Pine Cone Hill will debut new additions to its collection of WILLIAMSBURG bedding, as well as old favorites like the timeless William and Mary matelasse. Michaelian Home will offer more than 40 exquisite WILLIAMSBURG needlepoint pillows featuring botanicals, birds, fish, and French fashion ladies and gentlemen. Stevens Linen, which recently opened a permanent showroom in Atlanta, will feature WILLIAMSBURG products including kitchen linens in the Hunt Toile design in black, red and blue plus a newly introduced Nautical Tile design. Capel Inc., which debuted its WILLIAMSBURG rug collection at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, N.C., in October 2002, will introduce the collection to the Atlanta market with handmade and machine-woven rugs, including braided chenilles, wools, flatwovens, polyester felt rugs and versatile doormats.

The WILLIAMSBURG Products Program, established in 1936, provides authentic reproductions of antique furnishings and accessories as well as an interpretive lifestyle collection, both of which reflect the rich decorative arts traditions of the 18th century. For more information, call toll-free (800) 446-9240 or visit our
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