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March 21, 2016



Savannah Bed

In North Carolina, The Oriole Mill produces heirloom-quality fabrics and bedding in natural fibers that will make you want to stay in bed.

The company: The Oriole Mill, a design studio and textile mill, was founded in 2006 in Hendersonville in a building most remembered as a former frozen vegetable packaging plant.

The owners & background: Stephan Michelson came to the textile industry with a PhD in economics, a successful statistical consulting firm, and a passion for quality, like textiles. With a background in art and design, Bethanne Knudson has worked in the textile industry since 1996. She is the designer and creative director for The Oriole Mill.

Main goods: Bedding, including coverlets, duvets, shams, bolsters and decorative pillows. Also home furnishings, such as decorative pillows and throws. The company uses natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, linen, alpaca and bamboo. It does not use chemicals in weaving or finishes.

What’s popular: The fully reversible classic matelassé collection, made of cotton and wool. Coverlets start at $1,000, shams at $190.

Other favorites: English sonnet collection is an exquisite example of Jacquard woven cloth. Coverlets start at $1,200, shams at $240.

Claim to fame: Everything the company creates is designed, woven, cut and sewn in Hendersonville, where it shares work space with Western Carolina Sewing Company, its partner in every sewn product.

What’s new: The Top of the Table Collection (this summer) includes tablecloths, runners, placemats and napkins, featuring the company’s original Jacquard and dobby patterns. In the fall, look for the new wearable collection of scarves and shawls, using exotic yarns like cashmere, merino wool, alpaca and silk.

Where to buy: In North Carolina, check Homestead  Linens in Hendersonville ( and Porter & Prince in Asheville (


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