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Exceptionally Lovely 1850s Jacquard-Woven Coverlet
c.1850, Colorful Jacquard-Woven Coverlet, Choice Extremely Fine.
Beautiful 83" x 83" in size, with olive, red, and navy woven colored thread Jacquard Coverlet. The pattern depicts a large, central rose medallion surrounded by a blocked "X" motif which repeats to the perimeters of the Coverlet, with a vine and leaf floral border design which increases the symmetry and overall elegant eye appeal. Early American woven and useful "Folk Art" character, just a few minor spots, fringe intact yet sparse in places; otherwise lightly worn still in choice condition.
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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