My tried and true, everyday linens, are white, Mountain Weave tablecloths, placemats and napkins from The Vermont Country Store, http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/Home/Home/Kitchen_&_Dining/Original_Mountain_Weave_All_Cotton_Tablecloths/54176.
I’ve had my collection for years, and have determined that they’re pretty much indestructible. Made out of 100% US grown cotton, these Vermont woven workhorses have been subjected to a gazillion washings and they’re still in amazing shape. With a little bleach, any stain comes out. When I take them out of the dryer, I smooth each one by hand and fold them – no need to iron! Gotta love that!