25 Terrific Tea Towels

Flat rectangles call out for creative contents: words on a page, paint on a canvas. So it is that tea towels—those wonderful kitchen workhorses that are simultaneously potholders, cleaning cloths, makeshift placemats, and oven-handle decor—are the perfect platform for an outpouring of creativity. From visual puns to classic linen stripes, these 25 tea towels are some of our all-time favorites to have or (if you're in a giving mood) to receive.

Everything's Better With Stripes

Gradient Line Tea Towel, $25 at Avril Loreti/Etsy.com
French Stripe Tea Towel, $24 at studiopatro.com
Libeco Amherst Tea Towel, $23 at mingsunvalley.com

Graphic Design

Geometry of Pasta Towel, £8.50 at Todryfor.com
Lattice Tea Towel, $25 at Leif.com
Triangle (Black) Tea Towel, $17.95 at fermlivingshop.com

Punningly Clever

Paper Towel, £8.50 at Mocha.co.uk
Mr Tea Towel, £7.50 at todryfor.com
Diner-saurs Tea Towel, $12.99 at Modcloth.com

Advice for Life

Lemons Tea Towel, $15.00 at Dear Colleen/Etsy
I've Choreographed a Special Dishwashing Dance for You, _$22 at Able & Game/Etsy_
Small Brain Towel, £9.95 at Todryfor.com

Scandinavian Style

By Nord Photoprint Towel, £14.95 at Cloudberryliving.co.uk
Isak Blossom & Bill Tea Towel, _$17 at Huset-shop.com_
Marimekko Kesatori Tea Towel, $36 for two at Finnstyle.com

Properly British

English Dinner Dish Cloth, $15.50 at Victoria Eggs/Etsy
Jubilee Steadfast and True Tea Towel, £4.95 at EmmaBridgewater.co.uk_
Mushy Peas Tea Towel, _£12 at Culturelabel.com

Good Enough to Eat

Tomato Tea Towel, $12 at Momastore.org
Linen Tea Towel--Sweets, $20 at Poketo.com
Silly Sausage & Sensible Egg Tea Towel, £10 at Howkapow.com

Useful Reference

Wine Pairing Towel Set, $28 for red and white wines at Uncommongoods.com
Classic Cocktails Tea Towel, _£10 at Culturelabel.com_
Conversion Dishtowel, _$4.95 at Crateandbarrel.com_