The very first tableware wasn't used at a table, however prehistoric blades, bowls and baskets figure in museum collections around the world.
Over time, eating and serving utensils became specialized and beautiful. In France, cutlery, glassware and tableware are considered 'Arts de la Table' – part of the total dining experience.
Tableware includes hollowware, flatware, cutlery and crockery; the tablecloths, placemats and napkins that complement it are an important part of the ensemble.
Ceramics hold an essential place at the table, and Novica offers styles that range from stoneware to traditional Thai celadon to Mexican Talavera. Guadalupe Servin's classic designs, minimalist sets by Luh Putu Pancawati or dishes with tropical motifs by Putu Oka Mahendra make each meal a celebration for the senses. Teatime calls for sleek ceramic cups and whimsical teapots. Generous coffee mugs are welcome everywhere.
Glassware and stemware add a touch of elegance to the table. Blown glass pitchers and colorful glassware bring informal chic to entertaining. Chargers made of Mexican pewter, condiment sets, and serving trays of tooled leather or bamboo each set different moods.
And don't forget items such as chopstick rests, coasters, wine bottle holders and barware. Novica has all of these.