I’ve mentioned before my fondness for a good tea towel and no, I do NOT use the nice ones for anything functional like y’know, drying the dishes or taking hot things out of the oven. No, no, those menial tasks are reserved for the crappy tea towels that get hidden when company comes callin’.

Like this little lot in the gallery; a full 10 tea towels of such beauty and wonder you’ll never allow them to be sullied or stained. 10 not enough? Then here’s another, with Ryan Gosling on it. U R Welc.

 

I can't bear how cute this is! £9, from The Old English Company, and it's yours.

Pink flamingos! Sold, to the Frillseeker. £12.95, Cuckooland.com.

This rather Fantastic Mr Fox tea towel is £8.95 from Dotcomgiftshop.com.

Relive your TK Lemonade-glugging youth with this Green Monkey design, €9.95 from the Kilkenny shop.

LOVE this. The Guess Who tea towel is a Prezzybox wonder where it's £7.95. Herman loves Pauline ...

With the same pattern as the now classic ceramics (of which I own one single plate), the Iittala Taika tea towel also comes in cream for £10 from Cloudberry Living.

Love Orla Kiely's prints? Peeps DO BE, and if that's you, then this pear one's available in tea towel-form at Kilkenny for €17.95.

A double drying whammy with this set from Abobe featuring a whale and a swallow. Buy for £11.99 from Mollie & Fred.

Ferm living reprezent - get this Scandi beaut for £9.95 from Home Candy.

Isn't this beautiful? Perfect for a gardener, or me. Who has no garden. It's the Topiary Tea Towel and it's £12.99 from The Oak Room

I love Ursula Celano's tea towels and have her Irish Dancers draped over my cooker handle, and screech at anyone who tries to use it for its actual intended purpose. Her cottages tea towel comes as a two pack with a co-ordinating green feller for €15.