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How to find old table linen?

How to find old table linen?

Refined and elegant, the old table linen brings an extra soul to a table. But it is not always easy to find these old pieces, especially in good condition! In addition, how to spot a real old tablecloth? Here are some tips for finding old table linen. Most of the old table linen available on the market has its origins from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century . The oldest tablecloths, table runners or napkins are made of linen . Linen is a material that has been woven since antiquity. It was not until the 20th century that cotton weaving appeared in Europe. The patterns found on the household linen depend on the family from which they come. Among low-income families, these are reasons evoking nature . So we find patterns representing the harvest, the harvest, holly (at Christmas), flowers ... In wealthier families, tablecloths, table runners and napkins could be decorated with battle or hunting scenes . We also find household linen made for keychains of young girls of the XIX and XXth century. The tradition of the trousseau wanted the girl to make, or be made, all the household linen with the initial of her name. Then at the wedding she added the initial of the husband's name (constituting the "monogram") and took with her all her laundry made up over the years. Young girls of modest background had to embroider everything themselves, at the cost of long hours of learning and patience! Style wise, the damask linen (relief woven design) is most frequently found between the XIX and the beginning of the XX century. Then in the 1930s / 1940s, table linen was impregnated with art deco trend . It then takes on geometric shapes and lets the color appear. Cotton was also used in table linen at that time. Regarding dimensions, you will find very long tablecloths designed to accommodate around twenty guests . But also more modest sizes . However, round and oval shapes are less frequent than square or rectangular shapes. A question of fashion at the time! In terms of prices, count a hundred euros for a "standard" size tablecloth. Of course the price then varies according to the technique used, the patterns, the quality of the fabric ... To find old table linen, several options are possible. You can get these parts in some specialty shops . But also in empty attics and to fleas . The downside is that it is difficult to find parts in very good condition. Finally,some internet sites also offer old table linen, sometimes genuine, sometimes imitated ... Without forgetting individuals who resell certain pieces on sites such as Le bon coin, Ebay ... In store: Au fil d'Elise 2 rue de l'Avé Maria 75004 Paris Tel 01 48 04 75 61 On the internet: The linen of yesteryear Breath of yesteryear