And vinyl tabletops went the way of the horse and buggy many years ago.History at HandNow depicting some of the richest pictures of the past, the mats making use of historical reference and replication can add unique interest to a table like no other accessory. The placemat reigns king of the table right now and you will come across it in the classiest properties.Take the Naseau Vine Placemat for exquisite table decorating. Europeans and American colonists in the so-referred to as "age of exploration" had an avid interest in issues foreign and exotic. The Nasseau Vine is an precise representation of a gorgeous black and white tracery vine pattern inspired by an century French gown crafted of hand-painted silk and now featured in the colonial Williamsburg collection.Then there’s the sophisticated Lightfoot Residence Placemats. Their layout was adapted from hand-painted wallpaper depicting peonies and mums, birds in flight and hanging baskets. The blue and white pattern was well-known in Europe and America in the century and the unique wallpaper is in the collections of the colonial Williamsburg Foundation.The Furber Fruit Placemat is an additional elegant design, based mostly on an interpretation of century prints in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection. Robert Furber, an English nurseryman, published Twelve Months of Fruits in 1732 and from his paintings of gloriously beautiful pictures, there are now vibrant representations accurately portrayed in a set of placemats.Cloth over VinylIf your tastes run to substantial-style but effortless-care fabrics, The Magnolia Placemats Napkins set are spectacular scalloped edged, quilted beauties, showcasing "the flower of the south" in wealthy color and design and style. Sage green is the best background for the grand white magnolia with its dark green foliage. These placemats are enhanced by matching napkins and magnolia napkin rings. Their easy-care function is that they are 100% cotton and machine washable. They are also reversible to a striped pattern, so will serve double-duty before hitting the washing machine.The Elements of OptionThere are table placemats to commemorate each and every season such as holiday placemats and those to suit every occasion, each and every taste, pastime, avocation, or need. Paper placemats for youngsters to perform games on, kitchen mats, collectibles, placemats with political messages, cartoons and comic strip heroes, exquisite representations of the hunt, horses, and the elegance of the chase. There are round, rectangular, straw and wheat grass table mats floral, stripe, paisley, leaf, map and beach themed mats, and vinyl placemats in all the colors of the rainbow.Hats Off to Modern day DiningThere is even now a time and a area for the crisp tablecloth, sterling silver cutlery and exquisite crystal for the further particular events in our lives. But for most other occasions, the placemat permits us to change our minds with our moods, is really the chameleon of the dining space encounter and stays one of the most versatile and adaptable additions to our lives. So, it matters not the origins of the homely placemat. It has evolved into the ultimate instrument in table decorating and deserves our hats off as we sit down with family members and friends to dine at leisure and to share our meals in caveman type with a contemporary twist.