You’ll feel like royalty with this 58" x 120" damask tablecloth as the foundation of your beautifully set table.
The shield topped with a crown is embroidered, as are the initials MB ornamenting the shield—all in red. The subtle tone-on-tone floral pattern woven into the damask is a luxurious hallmark of this fabric.
This is but one of many luxurious one-of-a-kind antiques we have in our Pensacola atelier, as we have row upon row of textiles that include everything from antique French heirloom linens and primitive Austro-Hungarian Empire textiles to Art Deco and Bohemian specimens—at last count two million one-of-a-kind linens of the finest quality.
If you see a beautiful specimen on this site that you would like to see in person and you cannot visit us but you are a regular at either Round Top or the High Point Market, we will happily bring it to one of these shows so you can see for yourself how remarkable it is. See our Calendar of Events page for fair dates and let us know if we can bring our sumptuousness to you.
Damask dates back to the Middle Ages when the Islamic and Byzantine weaving centers produced five basic textile techniques—tabby, twill, lampas, tapestry and damask. The latter derives its name from the city of Damascus, an ancient stronghold situated on the Silk Road—a famous network of trading routes dating back to the Han Dynasty of China.
It is a French reference from the 14th century that serves as the first recorded reference of the word “damask” in a Western European language, the fabric now known to have been produced in Italy during that century as well. Medieval damasks were usually woven in silk, though weavers also produced the fabric in wool and linen. From the 14th to the 16th centuries, most damasks were woven in one color with a glossy warp-faced satin pattern against a duller ground. Modern damasks are woven on computerized Jacquard looms, which produce the complex patterns for which brocade, matelassé and damask fabrics are lauded. The fabric is so valued to the entertaining-minded that pure linen damask has been dubbed the “queen of fine table linens.”