This classic white tablecloth, is made from the ultimate in fine Irish linen, double damask. It is new old stock so it is the the best of both worlds. It is vintage made from a high quality 100% linen, but "new" (never been used) old stock, so it is in excellent, unused condition.
The economics of using the methods needed to produce linens of this quality today, is very costly. You can visit the last of the Irish Linen producers at Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen. A comparable tablecloth will cost you approximately 310 GBP or $415 US and a set of six napkins are approximately 165 GBP or $221 for a total cost of $636.
The quality of the linen is evident in the fact that when washed and pressed it looks crisp without starch. There is one extra napkin with this set so technically there are 7. We've washed it to show you that its true color, a nice crisp white. The 6 set napkins and table cloth are in their "new" state, complete with their stickers and labels. They are currently cream but will lighten to white with one wash. See the second image for the washed white and the original for comparison.
They have a very subtle white on white floral pattern.
Dimensions & Details:
- The napkins and table cloth are 100% linen, double damask, current color cream will become white with one wash.
- The table cloth measures: 70 x 88 inches.
- The napkins measure 26 x 27 inches.
- Retailed: U.S. Origin: Ireland.
- Vintage, circa 1950/60.
- They are in excellent, unused condition. One napkin has a small age related spot that should come out with one wash. The extra or 7th napkin has a small run.
How to Care for Antique Linen
Please note that this note is intended for these napkins or other linens that are white in color and in good shape. Linen will last longer if you hand wash them, but you can have take them to the cleaners. We keep a brand of linen wash called Restoration on hand. It is made specifically for cleaning and restoring linens, but you can also use oxyclean. Air dry and iron damp, or spray again with water and iron. You will find that they come out crisp and ready to place on the table.
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