French Tablecloths — PVC Free Tablecloths

PVC Free Tablecloths

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

Back in January I wrote a blog post called French Oilcloth vs Coated Cotton Tablecloths.  In that article I told you that the vast majority of tablecloths that are marketed and sold as "oilcloth" are made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride), aka vinyl, and I alluded to the health and environmental hazards posed by PVC. Without getting into the details of the dangers of PVC in general or vinyl tablecloths in particular, I do want to make it clear that all of our tablecloths are 100% PVC free. Click here to see our PVC-free acrylic coated cotton tablecloths. For more information about the health and...

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French Oilcloth vs Coated Cotton Tablecloths

Posted by Laurence Bertone on

Once in a while customers ask us if we have “real French oilcloth” tablecloths. The short answer is no. The long answer is much more complicated, but hopefully more interesting as well… Oilcloth (toile cirée in French) is a fabric that was common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was made from heavy cotton canvas or linen fabric that was repeatedly saturated with boiled linseed oil and dried. The resulting fabric was more waterproof and stain resistant than normal untreated cotton, and so it was a very popular material for tablecloths intended for everyday use. In the...

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