When our girls were little and they would have friends over they would always get asked if they knew there was a rug on their dining table. They got really good at explaining that this was a Dutch version of a tablecloth, also known as a table rug.
I can remember growing up with these and it was just a normal tablecoth to everyone. When I got married it's one of the first things I asked my parents to bring back from one of their trips back to Holland. This was no small feat and normally took up the majority of a whole suitcase!
Table rugs date back as far as the 1500's where they can be seen in many famous Dutch paintings. If you know someone Dutch more than likely they will have one or more of these covering everything from end tables to dining room tables. The Persian style rugs are handmade in Belgium and come in a vast array of sizes, colors and patterns.
Our table rug measures 60" round including a fringe. It is made of 100% wool with green as the main color in addition to swirly designs in gold, rust and beige. If you are a reader of my reviews you will see the background of my table rug in quite a few pictures!
There is hardly any maintenance to keeping a table rug beautiful and new looking. Ours has seen abuse from food, drink spills, craft projects, homework table, to having guests over for drinks and dessert. A quick wipe of a lightly damp sponge is all it takes to keep it clean. For any stains I use a spray of household cleaner and blot it clean with a dish cloth and then a clean towel. I also take it out once a year during spring cleaning and give it a good swat with a rug beater to get rid of any dust.
Probably the best reason for having these types of rugs on your furniture is protection of your table tops. My Thomasville table is as new looking as the day we bought it. What excuse do I have to get a new one!!