Geometric Coverlet

Description
This blue and white double-woven geometric coverlet was made in the very late 18th or early 19th century. The center design of the coverlet features alternating rows of “X”’s and squares. The coverlet has three deep borders of elongated “Pine Trees.” Three of the four edges are turned under, and stitched in place with an overcast stitch. The fourth edge is finished with a self fringe. The coverlet is made of cotton and wool, and may have been woven in Maryland. The name of the weaver is unknown. Since this coverlet is double-woven, it is reversible, and has two sets of warp and filling yarns. Textiles such as this were frequently listed in household inventories, and passed down through several generations of the same family.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1790-1820
late 18th century
early 19th century
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States: Connecticut
Physical Description
geometric (overall production method/technique)
double weave (overall production method/technique)
cotton and wool (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 85 3/4 in x 71 9/16 in; 217.805 cm x 181.737 cm
ID Number
TE.T16960
catalog number
T16960.000
accession number
308475
Credit Line
Mrs. John H. Murray
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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