1. a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a chair from hair oils;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
A cover for the back or arms of a chair or sofa, etc., to
prevent them from wear or from being soiled by macassar or
other oil from the hair.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a piece of ornamented cloth that protects the back of a
chair from hair oils