We are delighted to add to our range this wonderful Broccati block-printed pure linen tablecloth. With a design based upon the damask and brocade patterns of old, we have deliberately used large wooden blocks in order to create a ‘watercolour’ effect. With a vivid display of hues and shades within each pattern, no two tablecloths are the same and we would never want them to be. Here we are creating something truly unique and in effect, a work of art on a sheet of pure linen.
A technique much loved by artisans
Woodblock printing is a much-loved technique of artisans and dates to being one of the earliest methods or textile decoration ever used. It takes a great deal of time and requires a lot of skill from the craftsmen applying the blocks. The results are not only extremely artistic with clear patterns and vivid colours, but the style is very defined. Woodblock printing creates a finish that cannot be replicated in any other way, adding to the immense appeal of this method of decoration.
Each wooden block has to be carved by hand until totally smooth; the design is then transferred, and the wood chipped away to leave the shape intact. It is then used to apply tints that have been mixed by hand with many of the shades coming from natural herbs and plants. Very much influenced by the colours of the land, forests, mountains and the sea, the result is extremely rich and colourful.
Pure natural linen
Of course, this woodblock printing technique can only look as good as the fabric upon which it is applied. For this tablecloth we use pure linen, hand-woven on looms using traditional and long-established methods. Linen has been produced for thousands of years and is one of the finest of cloths due to its longevity and strength. The more you use linen and wash it, the softer and suppler it becomes. Use it, wash it and store it in cupboards and decades from now, it will still look wonderful. Not only is our linen one of the finest available but we have mastered the art of dying the fibres, producing a tablecloth that displays a remarkable mix and depth of colour. You know that when you buy Italian linen, you are receiving the very best in terms of cloth.
Rich radiant colour
By using traditional techniques, the threads are carefully placed and the resultant cloth truly exceptional in terms of quality and excellence. Because the yarn gives a very fine weave, when we apply the woodblocks to the fabric, the colour is revealed in all its glory, looking richly radiant.
Inspired by the patterns of damask and brocade, our hand-produced woodblock patterned linen tablecloth is a delight to behold. Add life and colour to your table with this wonderful item by placing your order today. Our woodblock hand-finished tablecloths also make the perfect family heirloom and are thus very desirable to give as engagement or wedding presents.
If you would like hand-printed table napkins to complete your table décor, please get in touch with us to add this to your selection.