"Pine Trees and Snowballs" Geometric Coverlet, 1800-1880

Summary

A coverlet is a decorative bedcovering--usually made of cotton and wool--woven on a loom. Geometric designs like the stylized pine trees and snowballs seen on this coverlet were popular until the 1830s when the Jacquard loom's innovative technology made weaving "figured and fancy" coverlets easier and cheaper. The Jacquard loom was patented in France in 1804 and arrived in America in the mid-1820s.

A coverlet is a decorative bedcovering--usually made of cotton and wool--woven on a loom. Geometric designs like the stylized pine trees and snowballs seen on this coverlet were popular until the 1830s when the Jacquard loom's innovative technology made weaving "figured and fancy" coverlets easier and cheaper. The Jacquard loom was patented in France in 1804 and arrived in America in the mid-1820s.

Artifact

Coverlet

Date Made

1800-1880

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

Unknown 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2007.72.9

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of the Fred & Margaret Brusher Family

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Wool (Textile)

Technique

Weaving

Color

Beige (Color)
Blue
Red

Dimensions

Width: 77.25 in  (Two 38.25 inch panels.)

Length: 91.5 in

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