A desk pad
is a table
protector used when table work, such as painting or eating, may damage the table. Different desk pads have specific uses: for example, Chinese calligraphy
uses a black velour
desk pad since Chinese calligraphy is written using an ink brush. Westerners use simpler Writing pads
, while less expensive carton
desk pads are used as promotional items, providing a calendar
together with promotional information.