There are three placemats in this set - handwoven by one of the wonderful artists who supplied the rag rugs. The fabric is a knit of unknown origin and the mats are woven of a single fabric. The striated design is what happens when a patterned fabric is woven. I love these. The "rag rug" fabrication brings some rusticity with it but the striations of color provide a lot of sophistication. These are washable but I would use a laundry bag to protect the fringe.