Really good book cloth is a gorgeous thing. It's rugged, but clean and finished-looking; durable, yet nice enough to warrant protection from dust. I've often wondered why these starched linens and sturdy buckrams haven't found wider design applications (a bookbag made from canapetta, perhaps?). My friend Abby covered a table in a snappy chocolate brown book cloth (above) for Time Out magazine and I think it proves the point that book cloth has been too narrowly used. But how, you may ask, can she clean her table if she can't use Pledge?  Fortunately, Backus has her covered.

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