The latest exhibit for the National Museum of the American Coverlet (NMAC), Bedford, Pennsylvania is entitled Flora Borealis: Idyllic Gardens. The exhibit, which runs from April 29, 2017 to March 25, 2018, includes coverlets from the Kitty Bell and Ron Walter Collection. Flora are bursting outing in an array of trees, leaves, flowers, and/or vines in both figured and fancy and geometric coverlets.
Below are photos of three of my favorite coverlets: First is a photo of the four double woven coverlets with tree motifs in the centerfield instead of the border. It is worth a trip to the Museum just to see these special coverlets. The second photo shows a coverlet with large flowers in the star work weave and quarter flowers in the point twill weave. Third is a figured and fancy coverlet which portrays four tulips in a medallion configuration alternating with stars. Unlike the usual tied weave or double weave used for figured and fancy coverlets, this coverlet appears to be woven with a twill weave foundation.
I welcome you to come visit the Flora Borealis exhibit at NMAC. Melinda Zongor, the Museum Director/Curator has painted a beautiful portrait of many idyllic gardens with her arrangement of the Walter’s coverlets. A catalog of the show can be obtained by contacting the Museum. For contact information see Coverlet Museum.
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Trees in Centerfield Flowers Tulips