Lace Trims are an open fabric distinguished by ornamental patterns. Lace may have no background fabric, or can be backed with a ground of net or mesh. Lace fabrics arose in modern form in Europe in the 15th or 16th century, when it was handmade for nobility and the upper classes. Today, most lace fabrics are made by machine. They can be embroidered on mesh, tulle or netting.