Named for their shape, “Parentesi” means parenthesis in Italian. These lovely placemats are made in Italy and constructed of pure linen , coated (or “oil clothed”) and finished with a tailored double border embroidered in mercerized cotton. The color range is incredible for both informal dinnerware or the most elaborate fine china. What is so wonderful and unique about these placemats is their unique coating that makes them stain and wrinkle resistant. Caring for Parentesi placemats is easy. Should a spill happen, simply wipe clean with a damp sponge. Heavier soiling can be machine washed on the gentle cycle using cold water with a mild detergent. Air dry flat (tumble drying is not recommended). If pressing is desired, use the iron’s lowest steam setting and press on the reverse side, covered by a towel. Note that shrinkage of about 3% is normal with the first laundering.