About Pickering Company

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 our hardboard placemats. When we were looking to replace our 30-year-old set of hardboard mats we found very few appealing designs and discovered most are now mass-produced overseas, so 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 is a boutique manufacturer reintroducing 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 crafted using sustainable hardboard and cork.

Perfectly sized for boat, bar and table.


Proudly handcrafted in historic Castine, Maine, USA.


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