Nothing Cheesy About Pratesi's Taste In Sleep Wares

TO KNOW PRATESI LINENS IS TO LOVE THEM. Take that from Federico Pratesi, chairman of generations-old bedding company from Italy that bears his name.
One of his well-known clients said he would buy them all if Pratesi revived his discontinued China pattern (at $2,160 for the queen set), which he did. Cometh now a fiery red take on the classic floral -- along with vivid coral and red-and-green versions, plus the original blue.

It's printed on gauzy, ultralight cotton  voile (the king-size duvet cover weighs a mere 9 ounces). Teams of artisans still hand-draw patterns and sew all the  linens in the Tuscan factory as meticulously as their predecessors, when the company was founded in 1905. "Pratesi is love," says Federico.