Tables are the preeminent furniture piece of any household. Well loved and much celebrated, they are the focal point for company, conversation, and culinary delights.
Entertaining guests is always special but it can be a source of great stress and anxiety. Unlike most other furniture pieces, a table can feel unusually naked, especially when it is time to exhibit the best tableware. Tablecloths like the classic French tablecloth are the great equalisers for hostesses. No matter what condition the table is in, or how incompatible it is to the silver and tableware, a jacquard tablecloth has the miracle touch to turn a drab affair into a stately one.
The French recognised the advantage of being able to dress up a table and have perfected the art of setting the mise en scène for communal eating. In one effortless move, the draping of a French country tablecloth can add an air of provincial charm or provide a warm backdrop to any gathering.
It is often said that we eat with our eyes first, which makes table setting an important visual art form. Like all great feasts, an impressive spread is also a feast for the eyes - a smorgasbord of colour, patterns, and textures. The right tablecloth sets the perfect backdrop for dishes to sit. In other words, a tablecloth offers a feast with a view.
The French Jacquard tablecloth remains an icon of French interior decoration and has dressed tables of all shapes and sizes from all over the world. Versatile and timeless, it has done for tables what the ‘little black dress’ has done for women.
Dressing any occasion is easy and effortless with French tablecloths. It remains the most reliable way to transform a dull table setting to one that’s elegant and celebratory. Shop at French Linen where you will find a collection of French tablecloths in a range of hues and patterns including rectangle tablecloths, round tablecloths and coated tablecloths.