When we were small, we used to play with the table covers, draw on them and see small holes on them in intermittent times. This way something that was commonplace and not a lot of thought went into its upkeep. The table covers were big, encompassing the entire table, and even when they were colorful, the colors would fade away within a few months. The worst we would feel is that the table covers seemed helpless when it went for a wash, the colors would drain out making the product look old.
However, the table covers of today are new, and come with trendy designs. The color fading phenomenon still lasts, but the fact that it is restricted only to the cheap quality products tells a lot of its innovation in this industry. At the helm of all affairs, one can tell that there has been a good amount of quality improvement in the table covers and hence we get to see such superior products protecting out tables nowadays.
So, the next time you see the table covers, try and see its beauty. It stands guard in the vagaries of the weather, guards the surface of the table against the worst of food and oil spills.