Last month I was invited to a farewell dinner of my friend’s cousin. Starting from the gate, I could tell this was a woman of class and a lover of art. Everything in her home was so meticulous and beautifully arranged. We had a good time chit chatting on the gardens of this home, and finally we were called in for dinner. When we approached the dining table, I was so impressed by how beautiful her dining table looked.
Everything was well arranged-but what struck me the most this evening were her table mats. These table mats looked so in place, that the entire time I was eating- I had my eyes fixed on them looking at the intricate designs they were made from. Later on as were leaving her place, I commented on how beautiful her table mats are, she told me they were handmade from Asia.
Long gone are the ugly plastic table mats. Dining table mats have become an essential part of dining table décor, so when choosing table mats for your dining room, one should also be careful for excellence and durability of their material. A lot of designs and styles are available in table mats. The price range of table mats depends on their sizes, colours and textures. Dining table mats are available in different fabrics such as cotton, jute, linen, etc. Different patterns like floral and geometric prints are also available in enthralling colours.
These mats used to be a part of royal dining tradition. After that, for many years, these mats had been neglected by people of different generations. But today, many manufacturers have come up producing beautifully crafted mats of different designs. There are even craftsmen and designers who specialize in designing these mats.
Table mats can go a long way in decorating a dining table and adding a different taste to your dinning experience. The mats also add to the overall look and feel of your dinning room. People generally do not give much importance to the decor of their dinning hall when compared to their bed rooms. But if you take the dining room as the only place where members of your family come together over breakfast or dinner, you should be giving more importance to its overall ambience. These table mats as an art work also contribute to the overall decor of your dinning room.
Serving as protective pad, table mats also protects your valuable dining table from heat, stain, dirt, dust, and marks. In fact, the basic purpose of a table mat is protecting the dinning table from external damages that can be sustained during serving and dinning. As such, most of these mats are made from materials such as plastic which are water-proof.
However, with these mats increasingly being recognized as an artwork, manufacturers have started using paper, bamboo, silk, and lace for producing the mats. In big hotels and restaurants, you will find high-end mats made from leather or vinyl. Some eating joints also use these mats to highlight menu and specialties.
If you have never thought of decorating your dining table, it is high time you make your dining experience worthwhile by decorating your table with beautiful table mats. Thanks to the increasing aesthetic sense of the people, these mats have come to the fore and people have started realizing its values.