Garnier-Thiebaut (GT), founded in 1830 in the heart of the Vosges region, has pioneered many of the textile industry's design and technology inventions for production of fine linens. Today the company's modern plants in Gerardmer are Europe's most advanced manufacturing centers for the design, color and production of fashion fabrics - notably, table linens, bed linens, and other textile accessories - for the hospitality industry and the home. Renowned for its luxurious damask designs, the company set the table in the finest hotel and restaurant dining places around the world. Arriving in the U. S. market, GT linens made an immediate impact with their vivid colors and unique designs. The company also introduced new styles in table dressing, with its now-popular table runners, for example, and wide variety of patterns for contemporary and classic settings. GT is the only fine lines company that produces two complete collections each year. Garnier-Thiebaut's entrepreneurial success is profiled on the international Web site created for the companies awarded France's "living heritage" label.