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Exceptional 1850s Jacquard-Woven Coverlet
c.1850, Jacquard-Woven Coverlet, Choice Extremely Fine.
83" x 83" olive, red, and navy woven thread and canvas Jacquard coverlet. Not listed in "Threads of History," but the folk appeal could compare with some of the examples printed there. The pattern depicts a large, central rose medallion surrounded by a blocked "X" motif which repeats to the perimeter of the coverlet. Completed by a viney, leafy floral border which increases the symmetry and elegance of the piece overall. Appealing "folk art" character, a few minor stains, sparse fringe in places; otherwise in great shape.

Joseph Jacquard (1752-1834) recognized that weaving, although an intricate and delicate task, was highly repetitive task. He believed that the weaving of complex patterns could be automated. He conceived a system that relied on stiff, pasteboard cards with various patterns of punched holes. At each throw of the shuttle a card was placed in the path of the rods. The pattern of holes in the card determined which rods could pass through, and thus acted as a program for the loom. This control system allowed for flexibility and various levels of complexity in the patterns.
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