Geometric Double-cloth coverlet; 1790-1820


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.

Date Made: 1790-1820late 18th centuryearly 19th century

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Coverlets, Textiles, Domestic Furnishings


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Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John H. Murray

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T16960Catalog Number: T16960.000Accession Number: 308475

Object Name: coverletcoverlet, geometric

Physical Description: geometric (overall style)double weave (overall production method/technique)cotton, wool (overall material)Measurements: overall: 85 3/4 in x 71 9/16 in; 217.805 cm x 181.737 cm


Record Id: nmah_620527

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