Wool on the dining room table
For a very long time now, I have been contemplating to get some felted wool placemats for my dining room table. Being a wool fan aside, I find the texture of the felted wool builds a nice contrast with dishes and cutlery.
There are many different retailers who offer felted wool placemats. As I have been a fan of the Hey-Sign products for a very long time, I knew they also had many different shapes of placemats in their wide colour range. Their range covers placemats in rectangular, rounded corners, oval and stone shape. All shapes are available in their wide colour collection of 43 colours. In addition, the felted wool placemats come in 3 mm and 5 mm in thickness.
I chose the rectangular placemat in dark grey in 5 mm thickness for my dining room. The dark grey goes well with my white china and also matches my dark grey felted wool sofa. Of course, by choosing dark grey I also thought the colour would not get dirty so quickly.
The dimensions of the placemats I chose are 45 cm x 35 cm. This is actually quite big and only works on a relatively large dining table. I used to always have much smaller placemats, so when I first set the table they felt quite huge. On the other hand, it is nice to be able to fit the plate, cutlery and glass(es) onto the placemat.
I just mentioned above that I chose a dark colour because I thought stains would not show so easily. That brings me to the question of what to do when food or drink does get spilt on the placemat? Whenever something spills, the best thing is to immediately remove it. You will notice that any form of liquid will just sit on top of the felt which makes it easy to soak up with a paper napkin or cloth. If a stain has dried up or entered a little bit into the felt, you can remove the stain with a wet cloth (not too hot) and some wool detergent.
Washing of placemats
If you feel the whole placemat should be washed, then you can just hand wash it in lukewarm water and some wool detergent. Rinse the placemat thoroughly and let it dry flat on a towl. It is possible to also wash the placemats in the washing machine on a wool cycle, however, that might cause them to shrink a little bit and make the edges irregular.
The placemats go well with different interiors. I tried setting the table with my placemats at my parent’s dining room. You can see from the picture that their interior design style is totally different to my own. But still, I found the placemats adapted well to the different styles, dishes and cutlery.
My husband and I have been using the placemats now for around 3 months and we enjoy them at every meal. They still look as new as when they arrived, although we use them every day. There is no pilling or anything else happening. As placemats are usually not exposed to any abrasion, I expect the placemats to stay so beautiful for a very long time. If something changes, I will let you know here.
You might find prices for one individual felted wool placemat quite expensive. I tend to agree as it is quite an investment into decorating your dining room table. However, as always with wool, the investment will pay off in the long term. I used to have 4 cotton placemats which cost altogether less than one felted wool placemat. However, they also started looking not so nice after a couple of washes. You will also find placemats made out of synthetic felt or made of a blend. Whenever I saw synthetic placemats in restaurants or a friend’s home, they tended to pill easily and look less and less appetizing.
Wool is always an investment, but as with everything else, when you invest in good quality it pays off in the long term, gives you more joy and in this case is also better for the environment.
Are you thinking of getting a felted wool placemat? Which colours and shapes are you thinking about? There are many wonderful brands to choose from, just have a look online and you will find the right one for you and enjoy them for a very long time. You will also find placemats out of synthetic
I thank Hey-Sign for supporting my idea to write a blog post on felted wool placemats. Hey-Sign kindly sponsored the six placemats.