Textiles

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Textiles for old house interior design, including period-appropriate carpets, rugs, floor coverings, pillows, bedding, table cloths, curtains, drapes, portieres and more. 

SEE ALSO: Decorative Tile | Fireplace & Mantel | Flooring | Furniture | Hardware & Metalwork | Interior Lighting | Interior Paints & Stenciling | Pottery, Artwork & Glass | Wainscoting, Paneling & Trim | Wallpaper & Ceilings

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Lesser Known Carpets

A review of the “unseen” floor coverings of early America challenges the myth that colonial homes were bare.

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Floorcloths

They still make floorcloths.

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Playing Dress Up: Windows

Fashions for windows in early homes run from the simplest homespun on a string, to fancier layered treatments.

At the Jonas More House, a large carpet is made of stitched lengths of birdseye carpet with a border in a Greek key design.

Uncommon Carpets for Early Homes

A review of the “unseen” floor coverings of early America challenges the myth that colonial homes were bare.

The textiles are woven on old looms. Many of the company's designs have been featured in period films.

Traditional Trades: Historic Textiles

The textiles are woven on old looms. Many of the company's designs have been featured in period films.

The cannonball bed, with distinctive turnings for both head- and footboards, dates to the 1820–1850 period. This reproduction is from Circa Home Living, as are the coverlet, blanket, pillows, and hand-painted plantation box.

Furnishing a Bedroom in a Colonial House

Unlike the kitchen, the bedroom is an easy place to indulge in historical decorating and furniture.

Cooper’s Pine Cone pattern is at home in rustic, cottage-style, and Arts & Crafts houses.

A Designer's Guide to Lace Curtains

A full guide to choosing and caring for lace curtains.

Vivid color in a striped Venetian wool carpet at the Bump Tavern, Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, New York.  Photo: RIchard Walker

Wool Carpet: Historic & Green

Wool carpet is not only a historic choice for your home but an environmentally friendly interior flooring option.

A newly reproduced list (rag) rug in the boys’ bedroom at Locust Grove (1792) in Louisville, Kentucky; S and Z twists in the stripes are common design elements. By The Weavery

Affordable to Affluent: Carpets for the Early Home

Carpets and rugs vary greatly in style and in cost. Here we take a look at various floor coverings in early homes.

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Arts & Crafts Rug Renaissance

Rugs were an important part of Arts & Crafts houses. Far more than mere floor coverings, their colors, textures, and patterns helped integrate house and furnishings in the pursuit of a totally designed environment.

Floral tapestry pillows with deep ball fringe are the perfect counterpoint for a late-19th-century Renaissance Revival bed.

Decorative Pillows for Every Era

While the decorative pillows may not be a necessity, they are pretty and comfortable which is perhaps why every generation has one.

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