Textiles in America, 1650-1870: A Dictionary Based on Original Documents, Prints and Paintings, Commercial Records, American Merchant's Papers, Shopkeepers' Advertisements, and Pattern Books with Original Swatches of Cloth

Front Cover
W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 412 pages
2 Reviews

First published in 1984, "Textiles in America 1650-1870" 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 1650-1870" is a comprehensive resource and a treasure trove of scholarship. 117 color, 225 black-and-white illustrations.


What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Textiles in America, 1650-1870

User Review  - Camille - Goodreads

Really interesting overview of furniture as well. . . unexpected colorways Read full review

Review: Textiles in America, 1650-1870

User Review  - Scott - Goodreads

Considering textiles were an important indicator of social status during the era, this dictionary is a fascinating resource for anyone interested in understanding cues in accounts of daily life then. Read full review


Furnishing Practices in England and America i
Bed Hangings 15
Window Curtains
Textiles for the Period Room in America

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2007)

The late Florence M. Montgomery was assistant curator of textiles at the Winterthur Museum.

Bibliographic information