Once upon a time the tablecloth was a staple of every home. It was associated with doing things properly and usually a feature of the best room in the house. If you were entertaining, it really wouldn’t be done to place plates and food on a table without a cloth. They had to be properly laundered and presented too. Nobody wanted to be seen using a dirty, creased or scruffy tablecloth. A family might have tablecloths that were only brought out on special occasions such as Christmas or a birthday. For some people they would represent a substantial investment and would be carefully looked after. Many young couples received a tablecloth as a wedding present.

The tablecloth fell out of fashion during the latter half of the twentieth century. They were perhaps associated with Sunday afternoon tea at your grandma’s house or perhaps fine dining at a certain kind of upmarket restaurant. However, that’s all changed over the past decade or so. The shabby chic trend reintroduced lots of styles and interior accessories once beloved by our grandparents and gave them a modern twist.