Want to jazz up your dining experience? A white linen tablecloth is all you need.
Dining at a table covered with a pure white linen tablecloth and crisply folded napkins along with fine china, sparkling crystal, and gleaming silverware is indeed an elegant experience. Candlelight and gourmet dishes add the finishing touches to a romantic setting. Perhaps an equally romantic meal features a wicker basket filled with a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, and a wedge of cheese along with crystal glassware, china plates,?and silverware wrapped in fine linen napkins. Table linen transforms the look and feel of any meal, whether it be a formal dinner or a family picnic. They are appropriate for formal and casual occasions alike. Whether pure white or a fashionable colour, crisply ironed table linens will be appreciated by all.
Centuries ago, linen tablecloths were used to create a festive appearance on the?crude tables that were set up for feasts and banquets. In those times, table utensils were primitive and guests would use the long draped edges of the tablecloth to wipe their mouths and hands after eating. Linen runners were used to cover the serving boards at the side of the room. During the nineteenth century, the dining room became a common feature in many homes. Stylish dining tables and sideboards came into vogue and large napkins, used in the manner of bibs, were developed for wiping one's hands and mouth after dining.?
Dining tablecloths and sideboard runners were usually made of white damask. Linen place mats were sometimes placed on the tablecloth to designate head of the household or an honoured guest at the table.
Typically made of linen, damask or heavy Egyptian cotton, like most tablecloths, white tablecloths come in rectangular, square and circular shapes. Some are embellished with white silk?patterns. However, some view the use of lace as old fashioned, so it is not as common for home use today, especially with young people. Sadly so because white linen damask; gleams and is bulky and luxuriant.?
Pure linen is always highly prized; it is?handsome and hardwearing as well as highly absorbent and quick-drying. Use a beautiful pastel or white table cloth and add coloured napkins for a beautiful relief effect. Flowers and centre piece decorations can be matched or contrasted... the overall effect will be one of freshness and festivity!