A few years ago the only oilcloth available was gingham in either red or blue. You may well still find an example of it in an outdated tea shop, possibly with matching cafe style blinds. (No, no , no!)
Oilcloth offers fantastic protection for your table, whether it be from spilt milk, paint or jammy fingers. The beauty is that you can whip it off of an evening for that romantic dinner a deux. With the massive choice of cloths now out there there is no excuse, ditch the gingham and update to something gorgeous.