Lay the table
Festive season style can be low-key and locally inspired
Festive-table decorating needn’t be gimmicky or flashy. Adorn your table with natural textiles for a more low-key, classic look. Mungo prides itself on beautifully crafted and vibrant designs that celebrate local materials, labour and scenery through their palettes and patterns. Their people-centric approach means their heirloom-quality products have personality – perfect for creating a festive season setting with soul.
Here’s a whistlestop tour of some of their design ranges to inspire your seasonal decor:
A generously proportioned napkin (pictured above) inspired by the tones of the South African landscape. A geometric pattern adds texture, which is complemented by the warm hues – it comes in 12 rich colours, perfect for an eclectic mismatched table or festive outdoor picnic.
The Selvedge Serviette is the largest napkin in the range and is woven from pure Italian flax. This design comes from the ritual of family holidays, when laundry isn’t high on the list of priorities and napkins need to be reused rather than washed after every meal. The idea is to assign each family member a colour to stick to (they’re available in 12 colourways). This design is earthy yet elegant, ideal for a candlelit Christmas Eve soiree.
Otter Trail tablecloths
These thick, pure-cotton tablecloths feature a bold, detailed stripe that runs down the length. The colours, detail and texture were inspired by scenes and sights experienced on the famous Otter Trail. Deck the table with this design for New Year’s Day brunch.
Provincial stripe tablecloth
This classic and elegant design is woven from a cotton warp and a linen weft, giving it the best of both fibres – the fresh finish of linen and the soft drape of cotton. Ideal for an alfresco table on the coast throughout the festive season.
Lisburn linen runner
This elegant runner is inspired by traditional French sacking material, where colourful stripes helped farmers identify their grain. It’s woven with a blend of cotton and linen, for a marriage of durability and drape. Picture this adorning a table in a country cottage in the Karoo.
Rich in pattern and texture, the Mungo Mali Cloth is a sturdy cotton table runner inspired by the lateral geometric patterns of the famous West African strip cloth. Pair with tropical foliage for a festive table with a local twist.