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About Pickering Company

An antique sign for Pickering Company on an antique wood table in a workshop setting

We’ve had many sets of beautiful fabric placemats over the years, but none have lasted as long or have been as easy to maintain as the hardboard placemats we were gifted some 30 years ago. When we were looking to replace our hardboard set we found very few appealing designs and discovered most are now mass-produced overseas. So with our combined backgrounds in design and craftsmanship we decided to create what we couldn’t find: quality, safe, USA-made hardboard placemats with beautiful, gallery-quality images suitable for our table – Pickering Company was born.

Hardboard placemats became popular in Europe during the Great Depression as an alternative to the costly cleaning and ironing of table linens. Pickering Company, a boutique manufacturer in Downeast Maine, has reintroduced this timeless classic for everyday use in today’s home for both the traditional dining table and modern kitchen island.

Pickering placemats protect your surfaces from scuffs and scratches, oily and acidic foods, wine stains, hot cups, and sticky plates from the microwave – and then easily wipe clean! They’re durable, stain-resistant, heat-resistant, non-slip, food-safe, and keep their like-new condition for years.

Beautifully designed and proudly handcrafted in historic Castine, Maine, USA using sustainable hardboard and cork. Perfectly sized for boat, bar and table – 15-5/8"w x 11-1/2"h

Ruth P. / Massachusetts

"They are absolutely gorgeous!!! They came out excellent! Thank you so much!! Part of me wants to start using them right away, and the other half wants to save for Thanksgiving to show to family!! Move over Pimpernel!!!
Thank you again!
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