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August 11, 2016
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The Perfect Tablecloth from Provence

Provence is known for its traditional colorful styles. Located in the South East corner of France, by the Mediterranean, Provence enjoys beautiful blue skies and mild temperature nearly year round. Far from the bustle of Paris, this laid back region has refined over the years a rich tradition of home décor, especially when it comes to the table. One of the most striking examples is the Provençal tablecloth. Bright colors are the background for intricate designs illustrating the region. Patterns include lavender flowers, olives, cicadas, sunflowers and other local specialties. Typically made of cotton, these tablecloths do not spend much time in drawers; instead they are an everyday dining tool. French washing machines being usually much smaller than what we are accustomed to in the States, the idea of an “easy care” Provencal tablecloth makes a lot of sense.

The new generation of easy care Provençal tablecloths was developed a few years ago and is the ideal combination of tradition and technology. The Provençal fabric is coated with a thin layer of acrylic before it is cut and sewn into tablecloths, placemats and more. The coating is hardly noticeable to the naked eye and not too obvious to the touch. When liquids or sauce are spilled on it, they simply rest atop the fabric. A quick swipe with a damp sponge and voila, it looks as good as new! If the tablecloth is just too dirty to clean with a sponge, perhaps after a typical four hour long French lunch, it can be washed in the washing machine, line dried and even ironed! They are a must if you have small children. The acrylic coating also helps blocking the UV rays, so the fabric will never fade, perfect for the outdoors. They are now available in the US from I Dream of France in many colors, designs and sizes, starting at just over $50. These tablecloths are as tough as they are pretty, be ready to keep one for years to come!

I Dream of France - www.idreamoffrance.com - 1-888-96-FRANCE

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