The art of laying the table

It was the romans and Gauls, who started to use the first linen tablecloths, the most of  the time in a white color, but the most curious of all this is, the visitors would bring their owns napkins that were used to put the leftovers of their meals in them.

Futhermore, it was in the Middle age, where they took more relevance and when they started to use them with more frequency. It was so much their popularity, that it became a genuine object of veneration, due to the fact was a mark of nobility of the lords, and only it would only be shared  with people of the same rank.

At present it looks like the delicacy and the art that was given it before to laying the table, has been lost. In our way of seeing it, each detail that is given; from the formation of the napkins, to the colocation of the calado tablecloth as of the crockery,  is of vital importance in the moment of laying a table. For this reason, The House of Balconies has realized a photographic report collecting different examples of completely laid tables (cloth, napking, crockery, etc.) from an Old point of view, this means, with antique crockery and carved glassware, and from a more modern view with bohemian glassware.

Tables with antique crockery

Moment of laying de table, we have used traditional linen of different colors and motives, together with the blue English crockery taken from the Museum zone of the House of Balconies. Furthermore, in reference to the glassware, we have also used these one from the museum characterized for being a carved type of cristal.


Tables with modern crockery

To carry out the process of “laying the table” with a more modern character, we have used different sets of plates and teas from the shop of furniture and decoration Lercaro House. The modern crockery are of Sarah Anderson, the glassware, a Czechoslovak bohemian crystal, and the cutlery is of stainless steel.