I am a big, no wait, make that HUGE fan of antique/vintage textiles and linens. What little I know about my collection is entirely self taught. Beginning today, I am going to slowly begin to add pictures on a regular basis of my collection. If anyone ever reads this who knows anything about one of my pieces, please do tell!!
The first item in the photos is a piece that I believe was meant to be draped over a pillow. Maybe not. Maybe it is just a square tablecloth? What I would really like to know is what is this "style". I'm familiar with the "turkey red" pieces that are similar, having designs that are probably more art nouveau. But more and more frequently I am coming across this particular style, a bit more folksy? A recent magazine had a similar piece with a bird incorporated in its design, framed and hung beside the bed. Where did this style originate? Is it German? Hungarian? I am very curious to know. Oh my goodness! The next piece with the bold red and green stripes...I get all giddy just thinking about it! I actually found a pair of these at an estate sale here in town. I happened to just discover the estate sale by accident late in the day. Figuring that I was safe from temptation and that everything of interest had been picked clean already, I decided to check it out. Just as I thought that I was going to remain a good girl and walk out empty handed, I spotted this pair tossed across a day bed. Being a little familiar with these I immediately recognized the texture of the fabric. My heart started pounding. It couldn't be. They must be on hold. Something must be serously wrong with them. Scared out of my wits, I asked to see them. I was right! They were in such good condition I couldn't believe my eyes. Apparently no one else could either which is why they were still there. As I stood there examining them, I was asked by several different ladies what I planned to do with them. I got the impression that no one knew what they were. These are especially long number one. I think that they were meant for much higher ceilings and doorways than we have today. Also. Number two, If you look closely. You'll notice that the fringe is much heavier on one end. I think this was so that they could draped over a rod and hung gracefully. One lady at the sale thought they were bedspreads. Yet another thought they were huge tablecloths. No one could figure out why they were different at both ends. If anyone out there has one of these, whatever you do, DO NOT GET IT WET!!!! The color in these will run horribly! Trust me, I know the hard way. They sometimes show up on ebay and will be described as "faded" or "sun damaged."
No, somewhere along the way someone tried to wash it. Even so, I think that some people are actually seeking them out this way and redying them. And I have seen them used as bedspreads in magazines as far back as Victoria Magazine about 10 years ago. These can be very plain or extremely elaborate in design. Photo #3 is of one that I actually won on ebay several years ago. It was one of those things that just slipped through the cracks. Somehow I was able to get for close to nothing and miracle upon miracles, no one outbid me. I've never seen another like it and I think that it is fairly unusual. And very heavy I might add.
It has similar tassles to all the others although these almost feel like they are made out of some type of chenille. There is some damage but I don't mind. Someday I do plan to repair it so that the damage won't be as noticeable. Were they made here in the U.S? Are they European? Exact time period? Anybody out there know???? Anyone????