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image of Handwoven Coverlet Handwoven Coverlet
Rendered by Fred Hassebrock (artist), c. 1940
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper
overall: 51 x 40.6 cm (20 1/16 x 16 in.) Original IAD Object: 96" wide; 104" long
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Textiles from the Index of American Design
Object 4 of 17

Another type of woven coverlet is the double weave, or double cloth coverlet, a detail of which appears here. Most coverlets of this type were made between 1725 and 1825. Double weave coverlets were woven with two sets of warp and weft threads, resulting in two separate pieces of cloth interwoven at certain points. The double thickness made these coverlets heavy and particularly well suited to cold climates, where extremely warm bedding was a necessity. Unlike other woven coverlets, which had cotton or linen warp threads, wool was often used for both warp and weft in the double weave structure. The designs of double weave coverlets were generally geometrical and frequently featured a pine tree border. Notice that the border here is composed of a triple pine tree configuration. In these coverlets, the pine tree motif is often combined with a snowball design, as is evident here.

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