This set of 4 beautiful white cotton placemats are the perfect table setting to make your dining table elegant and stylish. Each unique placemat was handwoven on a foot loom by talented artisans in an area of Guatemala known as Chimaltenango. The white background with varying sizes of diamond patterns serves to highlight the combinations of various colors with a gold synthetic thread, forming the delicate floral patterns on the ends of the placemat.
We have four variations, each named for the flower that inspired the floral patterns: Hibiscus, with dark coral and dark blue threads against the raw cotton background; Heliconia, with dark green combined with vibrant red and yellow threads on the raw cotton; Hortensia, with dark blue and sky blues intertwining against the raw cotton color; and, finally, Torch Lily, with rich brown and yellow threads combined with the gentle raw cotton.
The diamonds that form the texture of the placemat are one of the traditional designs that has been used for generations in Guatemala. Go to our blog to read more about the symbolism of textiles in Guatemala, and see how special a woven cotton placemat is when it incorporates some of this symbolism.
These white placemats are perfect for a relaxed summer lunch on a patio, or for a formal, candlelit dinner. Their versatility is what makes them so popular. Regardless of when or where you use them, they will make a modern, bright, beautiful table setting, especially when combined with our table runners from the same Botanical Collection. They also combine perfectly with our wood bowls and utensils, as well, as shown in the photographs.
Care and Maintenance:
Washable placemats are a must for any household, especially if they are white placemats. Luckily, these placemats are easy to wash and care for. All you need to do is wash them in cold water with a splash of vinegar for the first wash. After that, wash them by hand in cold water with a gentle detergent. Hang them to dry out of the sun. If you put them in the washing machine, only do so on the gentle cycle and in cold water with like colors. Do not iron them. And that’s it!
Materials: 100% cotton with gold synthetic thread for the floral details
Dimensions: 13 x 18”
Colors: 4 variations of floral patterns, all against the off-white of raw cotton: dark blue & sky blue; dark green, blue & yellow; coral & dark blue; yellow & brown