Sveriges Kungahus

The table linen

The table linen consists of Klässbols tablecloths and napkins that are more than a hundred years old, woven from damask. Approximately 640 m² of linen has been used for the wedding banquet at Drottningholm.

The napkins were woven in 1891, in Lille in France, by the Lemaitre Demestre & Fils textile factory, which was situated on the Place de la Gare at 19 Rue de Baisses. The pattern features the coat of arms of the Swedish-Norwegian union, woven into the middle of the napkin.

All 500 napkins are from the Union Linen. In 1891, there were 999 napkins. 919 of these are still used, thanks to the Linen Chamber's careful treatment. Damask is mangled according to old traditions. The process consists of 18 different stages, from stain removal and laundering to folding, mangling and rolling. The linen is stored in a cool storeroom for at least three months before being used again, so that the fibres can rest and return to their correct form.

The 45 Fru Embla tablecloths feature a simple pattern, providing an elegant background for the table settings. They were commissioned in 2013 from Klässbols. The tablecloths were commissioned for the new Sweden dinners, at which guests are served at round tables. The rest of the Linen Chamber's tablecloths are either too small or too large for the round tables used at these dinners. The fabric is linen.