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Round Jacquard French Tablecloths

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If you know your French tablecloths (and I'm guessing you do if you found this blog post), you know that there are two species of them: printed and Jacquard-woven. And you probably know that the vast majority of Jacquard-woven French tablecloths are of the rectangular persuasion. And up until recently, if you’d asked us if we have any round Jacquard French tablecloths, the answer would have been a resounding “No!”.

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French Tablecloth Designs

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If you've read our French Tablecloths 101 article then you already know a bit about the different kinds of design styles for French tablecloths. In this post we're going to make you know even more about them. There are basically two kinds of tablecloth designs: "placed designs" and "linear designs". Placed Designs In a placed design the visual design is made to fit a certain size and shape of tablecloth exactly. For this reason a tablecloth with a placed design cannot be adjusted to a different size (because doing so would spoil the visual design). Placed designs can be round or rectangular...

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French Tablecloths 101!

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An Introductory Level Course on the History, Material, Design, Sizing and Care of French Provençal Tablecloths. Today we're going to give you a crash course in French Provençal tablecloths.  So get out your notebook and sharpen your pencil, because class is in session! Curriculum History Material Design Sizing Care HistoryThe history of Provençal fabrics is long and "colorful," as it were.  It began in the mid-17th century (circa 1650), when the Armenian immigrant community in Marseille began importing colorful printed cotton fabrics from India and Persia into Provence through the port of Marseille. In 1664 the Compagnie Française pour le Commerce des Indes...

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French Tablecloth

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All of our tablecloths and table linens are designed and manufactured in France.  You might think that's stating the obvious, but in fact many of the products that are marketed as "French tablecloths" or "French table linens" are actually not made in France - they're made in places like India or even China.  Some vendors use very carefully chosen language like "French inspired tablecloth" or "Provençal style tablecloth" to tiptoe gingerly around the fact that said tablecloth was not made in France. Some vendors are less... careful. We sometimes get approached by Indian and Chinese manufacturers who tell us they can...

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