They wanted to use drop cloths for fabric. This practice is pretty popular right now and drop cloth slipcovers are all over Pinterest. It's a nice casual look, fairly similar to natural linen, at a much better price point. I'm happy to use them, as long as the customer is aware of the drawbacks. While sturdy and washable, dropcloths are designed for function not beauty, so the material is a little coarse, with weave and subtle color variations throughout each one. They (she)kindly pre-washed and ironed six 4'x12' dropcloths.