French Tablecloths

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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Acrylic Coated Jacquard Tablecloths

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In previous blog posts we've told you about acrylic coated printed cotton tablecloths and Teflon treated Jacquard tablecloths. So today, just to confuse you even more, we're going to tell you about acrylic coated Jacquard tablecloths. They do exist, although they are not as common as their acrylic-coated-printed or Teflon-treated-Jacquard cousins.  The acrylic coated Jacquard tablecloths combine the beauty and elegance of a Jacquard tablecloth with the practicality of a coated tablecloth. Like all acrylic coated tablecloths, they are stain resistant and can be wiped clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Ours come in a selection of rich, luxurious colors and feature...

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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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Southern Fried French!

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Everyone who has sold their stuff, picked up their bags, and moved to a foreign country knows that it is a monumental, life-changing, beaudacious experience.  Once you get over the newness and the jet-lag you realize that you have plucked yourself out of a world where you understand pretty much everything and dropped yourself into a world where you don’t understand hardly anything: not the language, not the culture, not even the food.  Even things that should be comfortingly familiar (milk, bread, coffee) are disconcertingly different. You eventually realize that you are playing a game where everyone except you knows...

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The Provence Post!

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If you're  a fan of Provence and have heard of Google, you know that there are lots of blogs about Provence. Lots of them. And many of them are quite good. But if you're looking for a blog that reads like a magazine and is updated regularly with tons of useful information and in-depth articles written by a professional writer, you need to check out The Provence Post. This blog is written by Julie Mautner, an accomplished (and prolific) food and travel writer, editor and author who has been living in Provence "on and off" (we suspect more on than...

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