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A placemat (also set, place mat or doily) is an underlay that is mostly used for eating, but also for handicrafts and has above all the function of protecting the table. They are made of different materials such as plastic, bast fiber, or felt.

Place mats used at meals can also provide a decorative element to the table setting.[1] In the inexpensive catering sector, it is often made of paper or foil and printed with advertising or the menu.[2]

See also

  • Coaster
  • Placemat Activity

Individual references

  1. Cheryl Mendelson, Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House, New York 2005. The book does not have page numbers.
  2. Cheryl Kimball, 55 Surefire Food-Related Businesses You Can Start for Under $5,000, 2009, p. 210.

Web links

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