Birds of Paradise Coverlet 1845

This cotton and wool,- double-woven Jacquard coverlet, made in 1845, features the “Birds of Paradise” pattern, and rows of stylized flowers in medallions. The border found on two sides of the coverlet features birds and flowers, while the one on the lower edge features geometric forms and flowers. The words, “Birds of Paradise,” are woven into the border of the two lower corner blocks. This coverlet was woven in two sections, which were later sewn together. The weaver and owner of this coverlet remain unknown. By the time this coverlet was made, the use of machine-spun cotton and wool, and power woven fabric, was well established. By the 1850s coverlets were going out of fashion, and independent weavers began taking jobs in carpet factories, or changing their occupation all together.
Currently not on view
Object Name
coverlet, Jacquard double-woven
date made
Hammond, Emeline Rice
Physical Description
cotton (overall material)
wool (overall material)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
overall: 85 in x 82 in; 215.9 cm x 208.28 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Lina H. Strong

Visitor Comments

8/22/2014 9:08:53 AM
Donna Lea Jensen
Are all Bird of Paradise coverlets this design and color? I have seen other coverlets with other patterns and colors that are called Bird of Paradise.
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