Provencal tablecloths are a traditional item associated with Provence which will transform both country and city kitchens into a place of quaint elegance and charm. Lovely old chunky wooden kitchen tables, like those you might find in a secondhand furniture store, are perfect for displaying you latest French Provencal tablecloth. Most tablecloths come in a standard rectangular size of approximately 8 foot 2 inches long and 4 foot wide which give plenty of over hang on smaller tables and they are ample for large country style rectangular kitchen tables. Provencal tablecloths are also made in custom sizes of rectangular, square and round shapes. In fact you can order tablecloths to fit almost any size table. The regular French Provencal kitchen table tended to traditionally be quite large and for this reason the standard size is also quite large.
Provencal tablecloths are made from 100% cotton, in the traditional Provencal style of designs comprising of floral patterns, geometric patterns and stripes, some featuring subtle floral or striped borders. There are both coated and non coated varieties of fabric to suit most needs, the coated variety is easy to wipe clean after a meal and particularly suited to those families with small children. The pure cotton fabric is of a high quality that can be easily machine washed over and over again.
Provencal tablecloths come in a variety of colors and designs all of which are in keeping with the Provencal tablecloth tradition that spans several hundred years of history and which have now become famous all over the world. Designs include the famous Les Baux coated tablecloths which are great family tablecloths that can be wiped clean and come in a variety of colors design and without borders. Then there is the Olivers bordered tablecloth, with tastefully scattered splashes of floral sprigs and large enough to hang half way down to the floor, creating that country feel that French tablecloths are renowned for.
Once you own a few French Provencal tablecloths you will find that you are drawn towards other French kitchen products that will set off your tablecloth nicely and transform your kitchen to the charm of a French country home. Old enamel kitchen wares, wicker ware and antique crockery can offset your French style furniture helping to recreate the charm of a French Provencal home in the suburbs. There are some great inexpensive products available like wicker bread baskets, enamelware coffeepots featuring flowers and decorative retro napkin rings. Tablecloth cottons can be used to make kitchen and bathroom curtains, bedspreads and chair covers as they are a very versatile interior decoration accessory. Tasteful combinations of French style dcor, Provencal tablecloths and ceramics is an easy way to create an old style Provencal atmosphere.