Placemats since they take so much daily abuse are made of indoor/outdoor fabric and are double sided so either side can be displayed. Some are the same fabric on both sides and others are made of contrasting fabric. Some have been accented with machine embroidery designs. All have been serged with a rolled hem in contrasting wooly nylon thread. This fabric choice increases the durability and longevity of your set. Each set is meant to coordinate with the linen napkins and table runners.