Talk:Baize

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Closeup of snooker baize needed[edit]

This article would benefit greatly from a closeup of snooker baize that shows the nap, in constrast to the napless pool baize image in the article already. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 21:02, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

Needs reference to 'behind the baize door'[edit]

The principle literary reference to baize outside of games on a table is the use of baize to cover the door to the servants quarters, and/or the domestic wing of the house. The phrase 'behind the baize door' refers to the door off the main body of the house behind which was servants territory. Being found there (if not a servant) could imply a social breach.

Needs reference to bombazine and baize in funeral contexts[edit]

Baize was also used as a funeral cloth. english tax law required all bodies to be wrapped in woollen cloth, or a fine paid. this cloth was traditionally gifted to the poor after the funeral, but was enforced as a tax/revenue raising exercise. This almost certainly accounts for the 'behind the baize door' reference since covering a door to a servants wing would use the cloth associated with the working poor, as a 'gift' rather than something ornate, to re-inforce the social gap.


this article is cited outside of sport contexts[edit]

This article is being cited in non-sport related contexts referring to baize. It either needs to be extended, or split into a Baize_(sport) and Baize_(other) type pair maybe

-ggm