A napkin is a rectangle of cloth used at the table for wiping the mouth and fingers while eating. It is usually small and folded, sometimes in intricate designs and shapes. Napkins used by the ancient Greeks at the table in rich houses. However, they were made of ... alabaster. After dinner, they did not wash, and to clear, thrown into the fire. Romans wiped his hands and mouth have terry towels linen. In XV in European homes also appeared napkins, they were very smart. Their covers embroidery and lace.