Coverlet (USA), early 19th century
Medium: cotton, wool Technique: two intercrossed plain weave structures (double cloth) Label: cotton and wool double cloth. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2010-9-1.
What is this?
Reversible coverlet in dark blue, off-white and light brown in a "single snowball" pattern with double intersecting circles and a pine tree border. Woven in two pieces and stitched together in the center. Fringe along both sides and bottom edge. Top edge is folded over and stitched.
Why is this in our collection?
The American woven coverlet presents an appealing visual record of the patterns and designs of the 18th and 19th centuries. Prior to the arrival of the Jacquard attachment in the United States in the early 1820s, coverlets like this one were woven at home or in shops on small looms in narrow widths and were then whip stitched together to make a bed-size coverlet. Coverlets come in a variety of weave structures and frequently are double cloths, a technique introduced to the United States by weavers from the British Isles and Germany, who also brought their traditional European coverlet designs to the United States. The double cloth coverlet was woven mainly by professionals using a multi-shaft loom. It was... more