Textiles in America, 1650-1870
With a Foreword by Linda Eaton
First published in 1984, this remains the definitive study of textiles
as they were used in early American homes.
The book offers an overview of textiles in America, based on years of research, that is unmatched in scope.
Imported textiles played a central role in the lives of American colonists. The most-imported commodity, and a highly valued one, textiles were used for bedding, bed curtains, clothing, household linens, window curtains, upholstery, and floor covering.
This book illustrates samples from collections around the world, as well as drawings and engravings of the time. Its dictionary-style entries depict the myriad household uses for textiles in the period. Drawing on original documents, prints, paintings, commercial records, merchant papers, advertisements, and pattern books, Textiles in America is a comprehensive resource, and a treasure trove of scholarship.
- August 2007
- 8.8 × 10.3 in
/ 496 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“A comprehensive resource for historians, dealers, interior designers/decorators and vintage enthusiasts. Above all, it's a treasure trove of scholarship.” — New England Antiques Journal
“A fascinating and thorough account here...A valuable resource for researchers and laypersons alike.” — Choice
“[A] new foreword…is welcome both for its erudition and its insight into the history of scholarship in the field” — Mary Schoeser, Crafts Magazine
“[E]xemplifies the depth and quality of the work of an earlier generation of women scholars…[A] work of delight and conviction.” — Kate Davies, Selvedge Magazine
“[F]ascinating...definitive…a most valuable resource….This informative book is a must for every guild library.” — Jan Paul, Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot
“[W]onderful…[P]rovides insight for those interested in reconstructing period rooms…[E]qually valuable for homeowners and decorators who endeavor to incorporate historical approaches.” — Demetra Canna Smith, Clem Labine's Period Homes