It was in the making of linen for the table, that linen weavers demonstrated their greatest skills. Damask cloths, where the pattern is woven into fabric became finer with the invention of the Jacquard Loom. Newer looms meant that large table cloths, and sheets, need no longer to be made of joined linen lengths. For most of the nineteenth century white table linen prevailed for the most formal occasions however the grandest of table linen producers, Porthault, espoused colour in the twentieth century.
Collector Vicki Mossong, who has a professional background in various areas of design, began her involvement with table linen as a collector and trader more or less by accident. Both she and her mother had some surplus household linen so they took a stall rather than consign it to the local op shop knowing if they did that it would very likely end up being destroyed and turned into rag. They had a great time and they found that there was a strong interest in what many might consider obsolete items, thus began a career "saving the lives of linen." Although most stock is bought locally Mossong travels internationally seeking items for herself, her special collectors and for her business. Some of the collecting interests of her collectors that focus her scouting include; marine and naval themed linen, specific patterns such as willow pattern themed decoration, needle worked items, bridge table cloths, New Zealand tea towels and handkerchiefs.