Laura Fisher Quilts News http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:27:10 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 ANTIQUE COVERLETS OFFER COLD COMFORT; 175-YEAR OLD HANDWOVEN WOOLENS REMAIN ABSOLUTELY USEFUL http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6053 <span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;, times;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"> </span><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Who would have thought that a coverlet handwoven 175 years ago would be as durable and as warm today as the day it was made? That&rsquo;s the bonus of antique coverlets and blankets; they are historic, and they remain&nbsp;handsome and absolutely usable today despite their remarkable age.&nbsp;<br /><br />What's more, they contribute an individualized look to d&eacute;cor, a visual distinction that elevates their utilitarian purpose. Americana dealer Laura Fisher of NYC has a varied collection of overshot coverlets, blankets, double cloth coverlets and jacquard coverlets in various colors that date from the 1830s through the 1860s. This was the high period of American coverlet production in states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana, before the Industrial Revolution generated store-bought home furnishings that replaced the homespun. <br /><br />Whether home woven in geometric patterns in narrow panels sewn together, or created by professional weavers on then-innovative jacquard looms in the second quarter of the 19th century, the American coverlets extant today retain colors as fresh as when first made and are skillfully, densely woven. Their homespun wool wefts on usually cotton warps remain durable and are easy to maintain if they had been properly tended over the centuries. &nbsp; With rich natural dyes of indigo, reds and earth tones, coverlet patterns and technology variations are explored in books such as&nbsp;Keep Me Warm at Night&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Checklist of American Coverlet Weavers.&nbsp;Such research endorses the intrinsic value of these historic textiles that we respond to first based on their visual appeal. We have sold coverlets to museums, collectors and to architects and designers who prefer distinctive textiles for their interiors. <br /><br />Among the varied weaves in inventory now are: &nbsp; jacquard coverlets&nbsp;by weavers such as James Alexander, William Craig, Harry Tyler, James Impson, and others who often signed their own and their client's names in corner blocks, enabling geneological research. Named recipients include Julia Rockefeller, Edna Howell, Maria Russell, etc.; double cloth coverlets&nbsp;whose principal color reverses from the primary darker shade to the lighter secondary shade on the other, encouraging year round use; overshot weaves, some in simple geometrics and others in more complex graphics created with multi harness looms; and fine blankets&nbsp;in classic American indigo and white or red and white. &nbsp; Contact&nbsp;usfor photos of available coverlets and to make an appointment to see them in person&nbsp; which can be arranged any day including weekends until 7:00 p.m.</span> LONG MAY SHE WAVE - ANTIQUE FLAG, PATRIOTIC TEXTILES PLEASE THE EYE, EXPAND KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORY http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5367 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Tired of all the xenophobic flag waving by some vociferous presidential candidates that characterizes this endless campaign while it&nbsp;reveals little knowledge of our American history ?!</span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times;">For real, historic expressions of patriotism, consider instead some flag bedecked, slogan filled textile folk art from the past two centuries featured at&nbsp;<em>FISHER HERITAGE</em>. &ldquo;On the basis of their evocative graphics alone, clients love American symbolism in flag and patriotic artifacts that canpress their political interest. In addition, with a bit of research, there&rsquo;s an educational benefit too.&rdquo;</span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Our&nbsp;patriotic textiles date from the Korean War, World Wars I and II back through the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial to amazing pre-Civil War woven coverlets. Flags - always plentiful at campaign time -&nbsp;&nbsp;typically were manufactured just for momentary use. Those that wound up in quilts or in frames are remarkable survivors.</span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">American flag imagery on textiles today is ubiquitous, even flagrant, in clothing and home furnishings, in contrast to formerly being considered &nbsp;criminal not so many years ago. And keep in mind that to make a quilt with a flag or patriotic symbols once was the only acceptable way for women to express their politics before the vote was secured.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">Among the patriotic antique quilts and textiles available now at FISHER <em>HERITAGE</em> are:</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* a WASHINGTON ON HORSEBACK DOUBLECLOTH COVERLET possibly by James Cunningham, corner block inscribed <em>United We Stand, Divided We Fall</em>, &nbsp;also inscribed&nbsp;<em>United We Prosper, </em>red and white,&nbsp;woven for Sarah M. Deninson (withthose inscriptions, this would make a fitting guft for Hillary!)&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* a remarkable WORLD WAR I CROCHET SPREAD emblazoned &ldquo;Long May She Wave&rdquo; depicting doughboys, patriotic slogans and flag symbols&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* an 1876 CENTENNIAL QUILT pieced of kerchiefs of the American flag within a framework of flags of the nations that exhibited in Philadelphia&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* &nbsp;an AMERICAN FLAGS QUILT pieced of 84 CIGAR BOX FLANNELS. &nbsp;c. 1915-20&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* a NAVAJO WEAVING/RUG of the American Flag with 48 stylized 6-point stars c. 1950</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* a SAILOR&rsquo;S SOUVENIR SILKWORK &nbsp;&rdquo;Remembrance of my Cruise in China, Japan and Philippine Waters&rdquo;, a Japanese embroidered picture with flags and an eagle, for the Great White Fleet c. 1910</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* AGRICULTURE AND MANUFACTURES ARE THE FOUNDATION OF OUR INDEPENDENCE New York State DOUBLECLOTH COVERLET in indigo and white, signed and dated 1843</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">* a three-dimensional &ldquo;TARGET&rsquo; or &ldquo;PINE BURR&rdquo; QUILT pieced of 1900s flag bunting<br /><br />* THE STAR SPANGLED QUILT, a dramatic uncommon pattern in red, white and blue cotton<br /><br />* lengths of patriotic flag themed bunting from long ago parades and demonstrations<br /><br />* actual antique American flags, some with 37, 45, 46, or 48 stars, all having been proudly flown</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">and more.<br /><br />The selections are visible&nbsp;on line at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.laurafisherquilts.com/">www.laurafisherquilts.com</a>, or seen&nbsp;<em>by appointment only</em>&nbsp;in NYC&nbsp;any&nbsp;of the week<strong>.</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'times new roman', times;">&nbsp;</span></p> STILL CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS ...... http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=5114 <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 14pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">&hellip;.are antique <strong><em>crazy</em></strong> quilts, that is &ndash; the orchestration of random shaped pieces of fabric in the hands of a quilting expert that became a cohesive &lsquo;whole&rsquo; with both visual and tactile allure.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">From&nbsp;Laura Fisher&rsquo;s <em>FISHER HERITAGE</em> you have your choice among vibrant crazy quilts made of the traditional <em>silks</em> that are a hallmark of the Victorian era, and also splendid examples made of the less frequently seen wools and cottons. They are embellished with expertly sewn silk or wool threads embroidered as flowers, figures, and thousands of fancy stitches.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">Celebrate the new year with a timeless example from our&nbsp;collection of select 19<sup>th</sup> century crazy quilts. Phone&nbsp;917/797-1260 or email fisherheritage@yahoo.com for details about festive, thoughtfully composed pieces such as:</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">ALL-OVER CRAZY QUILT with beautiful silk floral embroidery framed with a Persian blue silk satin border</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">ORGANIZED CRAZY QUILT dated 1885 from Demarest, NJ with ruby red silk satin ruffled border, small silk piecing and fine handwork</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">DRESDEN PLATE MEDALLION CRAZY QUILT in fine wool challis and rustic plaids</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">CRAZY CENTER AND ROMAN STRIPE NINE BLOCK COMBINATION, AMISH, Mifflin County,PA, wool</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">NINE BLOCK PICTORIAL CRAZY QUILT in cottons from the late 19<sup>th</sup> century with appliqued red hearts and boots among the embroidered blocks</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 14pt; font-family: georgia, palatino;">&ldquo;VORTEX&rdquo; CRAZY QUILT in late 19<sup>th</sup> century cottons prints in earth tones, each small square repeating the organized pattern around a central piece</span></p> FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY: Menswear Suiting Quilts Show A Full Range http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=4412 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #4a4a4a;">Ever wonder how there could be so many different shades of gray in that staple of menswear - charcoal wool? Woolens manufacturers, endlessly inventive, produced different weaves and subtly tweaked color so that during the late 19<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;through the mid 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;centuries clothing haberdashers, tailors and ultimately consumers would covet the latest look. This spurred selling in a field (men&rsquo;s fashions) in which very little else changed for decades.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #4a4a4a;"><em>FISHER HERITAGE&rsquo;s</em>&nbsp;Laura Fisher has honed her eye for menswear in quilts since curating a museum exhibition of haberdashery textiles titled MASTER PIECES. Suiting quilts had been made all over the world. The basic materials were readily accessible - from worn clothing, or made available to women workers in textile factories who took home workroom off-cuts, or given to tailors&rsquo; workers and clients who used the samples from last year&rsquo;s outdated swatch books.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #4a4a4a;"><em>Waste not want not</em>&nbsp;is a motto tailor-made for imaginative quilters who turned the wool salvage into warm quilts. The most creative of them embellished their output with colorful embroidery, or turned scraps such as trimmings from pants cuffs and shortened sleeves into dynamic geometric patterned quilts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="color: #4a4a4a;">One would think suiting quilts might appear monochromatic, but thanks to the various wools they&nbsp;displayed artistic color shifts with results that appear contemporary and sophisticated - a visual departure from traditional quilts. We &nbsp;consider them so &lsquo;suitable' in modern home or office interiors. In our collection are:</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>SUITING &lsquo;EYE DAZZLER pieced of pants cuffs and off-cuts</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>SUITING &lsquo;DOUBLE DIAMONDS&rsquo; generously sized, multiple grays</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>SUITING SWATCHES EMBROIDERED HAP with multi-color flowers</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>SUITING SWATCHES PLUSHWORK EMBROIDERED CIRCLES AND STARS</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>SUITING SWATCHES CONCENTRIC FRAMES</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>SUITING SWATCHES DIAL FAMILY SIGNATURES TITHING QUILT</em><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>ALPHABET pieced of suiting and work uniforms<br /><br />and more; contact us for photos of others. Stay warm this winter with style!<br /><br /></em></p> PIECE ON EARTH: Multi-pieced Quilts Span Two Centuries http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=4308 <p>That pun riffs on the heartfelt sentiment we all feel about the world as this troubled year ends. It&rsquo;s a way of drawing your attention to quilts that astonish and delight because of their intense construction. These multitudinous pieced quilts defy the imagination with their combination of thousands of small pieces of fabric measuring less than &frac12;&rdquo; to about 1&rdquo; in size. Their internal designs achieved using color and tone contain from 1,000 to 40,000+ pieces. We have quite a few for you to savor, from the 19th and 20th centuries<em>.</em></p> <p>Often asked to name a<em></em>&nbsp;favorite type of quilt, on reflection I&nbsp;think &ldquo;these compositions made of tiny pieces rate high. What patience and fortitude they required to construct, foregoing fancy needlework in favor of a sculptural approach to composition.&rdquo;</p> <p>Putting together thousands of pieces into a coherent intricate geometric design is a quilt tradition dating from the 19<sup>th</sup> century forward, with a basis going back thousands of years in ancient cultures in the use of stone tesserae to create pictorial mosaics. In today's terms think of the pixilated color squares in computer imagery for a comparable look.</p> <p>In a quilt pieced of squares or rectangles, the actual number is easy to count by multiplying the number of pieces along its length and width. But quilts that combine shapes- say squares and diamonds- sometimes defy enumeration. Multitudinous quilts are those made with&nbsp;1,000+ pieces.</p> <p>Examples range from those termed &ldquo;charm&rdquo; quilts if they do not repeat any fabrics to a&nbsp;superlative example of 44,370 pieces arrayed as concentric little squares.They are a remarkable aspect of our quilt making heritage. Among them are:*EIGHTEEN STARS combining patterns of Flying Geese, Log Cabin, Eight Point Stars, Diamonds and others in a dazzling unique combination;&nbsp;*DIAMOND IN A SQUARE TO INFINITY, a 1920s masterwork of 15,000 pieces arranged by light and dark tones to form a bold geometric;*CONCENTRIC SQUARES of 44,370 pieces less than 1/2" in size, made in Nassau County L.I., c. 1880s;&nbsp;*MOSAIC or HONEYCOMB quilts of wool or of cotton, a collection of various patterns all quilted using one inch hexagons;&nbsp;*SAMPLER based on an 1853 original with more than 5,000 pieces arrayed in more than 100 different geometric blocks;&nbsp;*LOG CABIN STRAIGHT FURROW and other Log Cabin variations incorporating one thousand or more narrow strips of wool challis prints<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong><em>FISHER HERITAGE</em></strong><em> gallery is always open 24/7 at <strong>www.laurafisherquilts.com</strong> with acclaimed antique quilts, hooked rugs, coverlets, braided rugs, rag carpet, textiles, American folk art and more.&nbsp;</em><em>Contact 917/797-1260 or email <a href="mailto:fisherheritage@yahoo.com">fisherheritage@yahoo.com</a> for an appointment downtown</em><em>.</em></p> AUTUMN IN NEW YORK IN COLOR: FISHER HERITAGE's Seasonal Bounty of Quilts, Rugs, Coverlets http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=4179 <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Autumn in New York comes in vivid color in all our new parks and also&nbsp;at Laura Fisher&rsquo;s <em>FISHER HERITAGE.<br /></em>The colors that emerge in the landscape as the season changes can be yours year round if you add 19th century antique quilts, hooked rugs, and coverlets to your design mix.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">The bronzes, russets, golds and earth tones of the season were prevalent in&nbsp;cotton and wool fabrics of the last half of the&nbsp;1800s&nbsp;both for home and for self.&nbsp;Especially from the 1860s on, the palette seen outside the window by September become a favored one in handmade quilts,&nbsp;and is a way to help determine age and sometimes origin even if no provenance accompanies&nbsp;the textile. As so many hooked rugs were made using scrap textiles left over from making household goods, the tonality of the rugs reflects that trend as well.<br /></span>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Among the colorful&nbsp;pieces available&nbsp;are:</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Double Cornucopia hooked rug, a brilliantly colored, finely hooked example from Maine&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Leaf motif hooked rugs that whimsically convey the seasonal change of leaves dropping to the ground&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Mennonite quilts in rich solid colors of cheddar, chocolate brown, pine green, deep red, a particular palette favored by Pennsylvania quilters of 1880s-90s&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Log Cabin variation pieced quilts in fine wool challis or cottons with an abundance of rich earth tones&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Biederwand coverlets in russet, green and natural,&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: georgia, palatino; font-size: 12pt;">Overshot coverlets in uncommon colors of cinnamon, orange, olive - eye catching departures from the traditional indigo</span></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> "TEXTILES" - Quilts and Coverlets at Chelsea's Edward Thorp Gallery http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=3808 <span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial;">Just at the moment I finished moving down to Chelsea, renowned&nbsp; fine arts gallerist Edward Thorp called to invite me to help put together an exhibition of antique quilts and coverlets from the 19th and 20th centuries in his spacious gallery at 210 Eleventh Avenue. What a welcome to the neighborhood!<br /> <br /> Now through June 7, 2014, come see a visually fulfilling exhibition of some two dozen quilts and coverlets, seen to great advantage in his great gallery. Thorp is the only fine arts gallerist to host such a show featuring quilts in probably 30-40 years in NYC. On view are unique examples and classics from all over the country, including a monumental Compass Star, Amish Diamond in the Square, Amish Bars, X Chevron; 19th century Carpenter's Wheel, Triple Blossom Applique, indigo Oak Leaf with Swag Border, Delectable Mountains, Flags of the Nations of the World that Exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, and more. Contact Thorp at 212/691-6565 for more information. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 6. The cross street is 25th Street on Eleventh Avenue, flag out front says the Art Building.</span></span><br /> WE MOVED DOWNTOWN, and are no longer in midtown East Side http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=3553 <span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">We have relocated the inventory to a&nbsp;Chelsea warehouse, downtown in NYC&nbsp;just a block from the High Line Park. You can view pieces<em>&nbsp;</em><strong><em>BY APPOINTMENT ONLY</em>. A</strong></span><strong><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;day or two in advance call <em>917/797-1260</em> or write <em>fisherheritage@yahoo.com,</em> <br />to make a plan to&nbsp;meet. Thank you for your interest. Looking forward to showing you choice Americana!</span></strong></span> FOR THE MARITAL BED NO MATTER WHO'S IN IT: Antique Quilts for New Era Newlyweds http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=2768 <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:TargetScreenSize>800x600</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: 10pt; text-align: left;"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri"><br /> </span></i></b><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; In the field of love and the institution of marriage, remarkable changes have occurred thanks to public opinion and now the Supreme Court. But one thing remains constant no matter who marries who &ndash; how meaningful the wedding gift of an antique quilt can be.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-indent:.5in;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">While it&rsquo;s a treat to find a quilt accompanied by a family history &ndash; perhaps a note attached indicating a quilt was made as a wedding gift or contains fabric from wedding attire - most antique quilts on the market are anonymous. But even without identifying the maker, an antique or vintage quilt&rsquo;s fabrics, pattern and workmanship impart distinct qualities to cherish.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-indent:.5in;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">FISHER HERITAGE</i> offers a great collection of antique and vintage pieced quilts that any happy couple could use on the bed as originally intended or use decoratively around the home.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>Gender neutral choices, as well as some that are very pink or very blue, are among the fresh historic quilts available. Examples are either pieced of solid color fabrics or with a myriad of period prints in appealing colors and patterns.</span><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">The quilts date from the 1880s through the 1950s. Geometric patterns include allover designs such as Log Cabin, Trip Around The World, Flying Geese or Philadelphia Pavement, and also designs in which<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span>pieced blocks alternate with solid squares to showcase quilting such as Burgoyne Surrounded, Hole in the Barn Door, Bears Paw and other titles.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:10.0pt;text-indent:.5in;line-height: 115%"><span style="font-size:14.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri">We offer gift certificates so the couple can choose their own quilt if the giver prefers to let them make the selection, and also have a layaway plan to hold the choice until the anticipated event.</span></p> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves /> <w:TrackFormatting /> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> 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shopper can delight in the fact that antique shawls are <b><i>dual purpose </i></b>- you</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial"> can toss one on your sofa, AND you can wear it out the door<i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">!</i> In either circumstance your choice would be appropriate as well as eye catching.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">I chooses <span style="color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold; mso-bidi-font-style:italic">shawls for their overall beauty, the intricacy of the designs; the colors incorporated into the weaving, and the quality of the materials.</span> <br /> <br /> Antique paisleys and other shawls are available in woven wool, wool with silk, cotton, and printed wool challis.<span style="color:black; mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-bidi-font-style:italic"> </span>They were made in two sizes &ndash; approximately 5&rsquo; square, or as rectangles twice as long as they are wide, approximately 5&rsquo; x 10&rsquo;.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">In the inventory are unusual and uncommon shawls in addition to the classic paisley shawl in shades of red surrounding a small black center. You will be intrigued to find European square shawls with roses and floral motifs, with cream, red or green centers, with black or blue backgrounds, and also long rectangular shawls with stripes and intricate all-over patterns.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">Originally made as long scarves for male Indian royalty to drape over his body to indicate status, paisley shawls have become an eternal stylish enhancement for wardrobe or home since the mid 19<sup>th</sup> century. Paisley refers to the boteh or pine cone shape motif woven in shawls from India, and subsequently to the Scottish town in which many were manufactured. The patterns we love today were created by French and European designers who went to India upon colonization to guide the production of the expanding export shawl industry; these shawls are highly collectible today</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;line-height: normal;mso-pagination:none;mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"> Designer clients have used my shawls as throws, draperies, even for upholstery, and trend setters like Ralph Lauren have purchased the elaborate designs and colors as inspiration <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>for home textile lines and for clothing.<br /> <br /> Only a few are posted here, do contact us for photos of others in inventory that might suit your needs.<br /> </span></p> SOFT TOUCH: ELEGANT SILK VELVET 'SHOW' QUILTS FOR THE NEW YEAR 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style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">To herald the advent of the new and hopefully peaceful year, treat your senses to a luxurious antique silk or velvet quilt from our diverse collection. To see some of our inventory, click on the SPECIALTY QUILTS category, then click on SILK QUILTS.&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">A jewel tone, intricately pieced antique quilt offers a tactile and visual experience as well as an historic context. Thanks to the increasing wealth and urbanity of a growing American middle class in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century, velvet and silk materials were available to fashion into decorative &lsquo;show&rsquo; quilts. Because few quilters today work with these luxury fabrics, our antique examples are sought after for the era&rsquo;s aesthetic characteristics, including the sumptuousness of the materials, their lustrous depth of color, the Victorian embellishments and yes, especially their sexy allure.</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The traditional &lsquo;crazy&rsquo; quilt style - <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">the</i></b> trend during the Victorian era - is just one type of &lsquo;show&rsquo; quilt we offer. Harder to find are the velvets and silks that were pieced in inventive designs, some with a bonus of lavish embroidery,and just wonderful to display.<br /> </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Costly velvet and silk materials have an international history long associated with wealth and royalty. Velvet, one of the oldest fabrics extant, </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">originated in Kashmir in the 14<sup>th</sup> century; </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">was marketed to the Middle East; later flourished in Cairo, then </span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">migrated to Italy where still today its manufacture exemplifies that country&rsquo;s great textile tradition. Silk production originated in China thousands of years ago, travelled to Europe with the opening of the Silk Road, and is now produced around the globe. Most of out examples are from the</span><span style="font-size:10.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"> late Victorian era. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span></span></p> LOG ON....FIND BOLD CONTEMPORARY GRAPHICS IN ANTIQUE LOG CABIN QUILTS http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=1149 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman"><font size="3">Before there was computer technology to figure out iterations of pattern, 19<sup>th</sup> century quilt makers fiddled with narrow strips of fabric in light and dark tones to create intriguing optical illusions within a design format known by the umbrella term LOG CABIN QUILT.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span></font></span><span style="font-family: Times New Roman"><font size="3">It is a favorite graphic of Americana dealer Laura Fisher, who has gathered a diverse collection of them to welcome the winter season Find many examples on&nbsp;this website .</font></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><font size="3"><o:p></o:p></font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman"><font size="3">Popular LOG CABIN variations are called BARN RAISING, LIGHT AND DARK, WINDMILL BLADES, STRAIGHT FURROW and COURTHOUSE STEPS. Easy to construct as small squares while on the route west in the late 19<sup>th</sup> century, the juxtaposed light and dark strips reflect quilt makers&rsquo; experimentation. Contemporary artists like Frank Stella explored the same concept in his colorful square canvasses, painting concentric narrow strips that from a distance look just like a log cabin quilt, a century after quilt makers first explored the graphic.</font></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><font size="3"><o:p></o:p></font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman"><font size="3">Any Log Cabin variation is created by making individual square blocks in which narrow strips are sewn to a foundation fabric, with a solid color square usually centering the arrangement, considered to represent the &lsquo;hearth&rsquo; of a log cabin&rsquo;s construction. Blocks containing both light and dark tones are joined together in an orchestrated placement to create larger motifs from<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span>their contrast. Some read as larger concentric diamonds, others as small diamonds, still others as zigzags or propeller forms. Log cabin quilts were made in all fabrics, but perhaps more of them from the last quarter of the 19<sup>th</sup> century were done with fine quality wool challis dress prints or the heartier woolens of suits.</font></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;"><font size="3"><o:p></o:p></font></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman"><font size="3">The collection&nbsp;also includes late 19<sup>th</sup> century cotton Log Cabins in both lovely prints and in solid colors, as well as some rarer bold early 20<sup>th</sup> century Amish examples in solid color wools. Contact&nbsp;us for images of all that might suit your needs. Arrangements can be made to have them stretcher mounted for display in time for the holiday season.</font></span></p> GOT ZIGZAG FEVER? If You Missed Missoni at Target, Look to our Antique Textiles for the Buzz http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=1113 <div style="text-align: center; margin: 0in 0in 10pt" align="center"><i><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 10pt">&nbsp;</span></i></div> <div style="text-indent: 0.5in; margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">If the fervor over the zigzag pattern in the sold-out Missoni for Target collection has made you eager to add visual excitement to your d&eacute;cor, consider the zigzag in antique quilts and hooked rugs at NYC&rsquo;s <i>FISHER HERITAGE.</i></span></div> <div style="text-indent: 0.5in; margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">This&nbsp;dynamic pattern&nbsp;is always&nbsp;seen in our&nbsp;vast range of pieced quilts dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, and in geometric hooked rugs and woven textiles. Whether the quilts have just two colors or a multitude of printed cottons, the impact is brilliantly graphic, as it is in hooked rugs that combine variegated wool strips that animate their flat surfaces. <br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A timeless design, the zigzag will remain a desirable, collectible image a hundred years from now.</span> <span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">Sometimes called &ldquo;Streak of Lightning&rdquo; for its resemblance to that natural phenomenon,&nbsp;it is&nbsp;is especially dramatic in older richly colored wool quilts.&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-indent: 0.5in; margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">Among the choices you can find on our site are:</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">ZIGZAG PIECED QUILT, late 18<sup>th</sup>-early 19<sup>th</sup> century, indigo and ivory printed linen, New York State</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">STREAK OF LIGHTNING PIECED QUILT, late 19<sup>th</sup>-early 20<sup>th</sup> century, various wools accented with black, PA Mennonite</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">ZIGZAG PIECED QUILT, c. 1910, slate and red chambray cotton, Ohio</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">STREAK OF LIGHTNING PIECED QUILT c. 1920, , printed cottons, Perkiomen Valley, PA</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">ZIGZAG PIECED QUILT, late 19<sup>th</sup> c, red-orange and tobacco wool, PA Mennonite</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">STREAK OF LIGHTNING PIECED QUILT, c. 1930s, sage, rose, slate cotton, PA</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">DIVIDED STAR ON ZIGZAG GROUND HOOKED RUG, wool on burlap, c. 1940s</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">CHEVRON STREAK OF LIGHTNING HOOKED RUG, wool on burlap, c. 1930s</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">INTERLOCKING ZIGZAGS HOOKED RUG, wool on burlap, c. 1890s</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">ZIGZAG HOOKED RUG, multicolor wools on burlap with multiple borders, c. 1930s</span></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt 0.5in"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-size: 12pt">STAIR STEPS ZIGZAG HOOKED RUG, wool on burlap, c. 1940s</span></div> DISPLAY ANTIQUE AMERICAN FLAG TEXTILES YEAR ROUND... http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=981 <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><span style="color: rgb(61,92,101)">Display Antique American Flag Textiles Year-Round</span></strong></span></td> </tr> <tr> <td> <div class="pr-head"><span style="text-transform: uppercase">New York</span> , New York -- 08 September 2011</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <hr /> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td height="623" valign="middle" width="600" nowrap="nowrap" align="center"><img alt="United States Eagle Flag with fringe from Fisher Heritage." width="600" height="623" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/00732201109091013549223.jpg" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td bgcolor="#64635e" valign="middle" width="600" align="center"><span style="font-size: smaller"><span style="color: rgb(255,255,255)">United States Eagle Flag with fringe from Fisher Heritage.<br /> <i>(Fisher Heritage, NY)</i></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="middle" rowspan="3"><span style="font-size: smaller"><br /> (</span><a target="_blank" href="http://www.artfixdaily.com/"><span style="font-size: smaller">ArtfixDaily.com</span></a><span style="font-size: smaller">) Saying &ldquo;The American flag is and has always been a powerful symbol of the resilient and indestructible American spirit and of the values that unite us as a people,&rdquo; U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer this week urged people across the United States to prominently display an American flag, as &ldquo;a fitting tribute to those we lost on 9/11&rdquo; that &ldquo;will make good on our promise to never forget &hellip;and will send a powerful message of ongoing national unity and resolve&hellip;From Betsy Ross to Iwo Jima to Neil Armstrong&rsquo;s first steps on the moon, the America flag is a demonstration of pride and strength for our country&hellip;&rdquo; Schumer noted. <span><br /> </span></span></td> <td height="274" valign="top" width="200" align="center"><a onclick="window.open(this.href,'','resizable=no,location=no,menubar=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,fullscreen=no,dependent=no,width=600,height=823,left=50,top=50,status'); return false" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/00732201109091054194265.jpg"><img alt="" vspace="5" width="200" height="274" src="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/00732201109091027485251.jpg" /></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#97948e" height="20" valign="middle" width="281" align="center"><a onclick="window.open(this.href,'','resizable=no,location=no,menubar=no,scrollbars=no,status=no,toolbar=no,fullscreen=no,dependent=no,width=600,height=823,left=50,top=50,status'); return false" href="http://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/00732201109091054194265.jpg"><span style="color: rgb(255,255,255)">click to enlarge </span></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="middle" align="center">Parade Flags trundle quilt from Fisher Heritage<br /> <em>(Fisher Heritage, NY)</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller"><br /> New York City-based Americana dealer Laura Fisher of FISHER HERITAGE offers a collection of &lsquo;flag&rsquo; textiles that can honor the anniversary of 9/11. And she reminds us that their graphic appeal and evocative imagery are perennially engaging and need not be connected only to a sad national event. Flag imagery has been adopted for quilts and other textiles in times of national celebration as well as of social change. To make a quilt with a flag or with patriotic symbols at one time was the only acceptable way for women to express their political sentiment before their right to vote was secured. These textiles have always been revered as meaningful enough to save for future generations.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller"><br /> Whether in exact representation with varying numbers of stars to represent the admission of a new state into the Union, or as suggested through a palette of red white and blue or through some configuration of stars and stripes, according to Fisher this symbol of the nation is a popular, highly collectable image.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller"><br /> The American flag graphic has appeared in textiles here over the last two centuries. Its use today is ubiquitous, even flagrant, in clothing and home furnishings, in contrast to having been considered criminal during the 1960-70s when used as other than a true flag.</span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="600"> <tbody> <tr> <td><br /> <span style="font-size: smaller">Among the flag textiles available at FISHER HERITAGE are:<strong>&nbsp;</strong> </span> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * a <strong>single 48-stars American flag pieced into a bed size quilt, c. World War II</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * an <strong>American flags cigar box flannel &ldquo;blankets&rdquo; quilt c. 1915&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * an <strong>1876 centennial quilt pieced of American flag kerchiefs with a framework of the flags of nations</strong> that was exhibited in Philadelphia&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * <strong>16 parade flags in a trundle-bed-size quilt</strong> from the turn of the century</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * a <strong>three-dimensional &ldquo;Target&rdquo; Southern quilt pieced of 1900s flag bunting</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; * a <strong>Navajo rug woven in wool with a canton of 6-point stars</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * a <strong>crochet bedspread depicting 24 rippling American flags on poles</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: smaller">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; * a remarkable <strong>World War I crochet bedspread emblazoned &ldquo;Long May She Wave&rdquo;</strong> with numerous patriotic&nbsp;&nbsp; symbols and slogans </span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <table border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width: 600px; height: 36px"> <tbody> <tr> <td><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.laurafisherquilts.com/"><br /> FISHER HERITAGE</a></strong></span><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong> is located at 305 East 61st Street, New York City. </strong><strong>Hours are Monday through Friday 10:30-4:30.</strong><strong> </strong></span><strong><br /> </strong> <p><span style="font-size: smaller"><strong>Contact Laura Fisher 212.838-2596 </strong></span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> WALKING DOWN THE AISLE? DO IT ON AN ANTIQUE RUNNER! http://www.laurafisherquilts.comhttp://www.laurafisherquilts.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=872 <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">When that groom and groom, or bride and bride, or even (gasp!) that bride and groom walk down the aisle in New York State from July 24 on, make their event even more memorable <span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp;</span>by covering the aisle with an antique hooked rug or rag carpet runner. It will be something the couple can use in their home after the ceremony to cherish as a reminder of their long-anticipated day.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">I&nbsp;recommend using a runner from the 19<sup>th</sup> or early 20<sup>th</sup> century instead of a plain old white rug. Make your choice from our broad inventory of <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">loom-woven rag carpet </b>in plaids, or with vertical stripes, or with all- over striations;<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">traditional hooked rugs</b> in runner lengths with either geometric, floral or pictorial designs, or <b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">braided or crocheted runners</b>.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">Choose something that will delight the happy couple, and will also intrigue the wedding guests. We've assembled a great collection; the runners vary in color, in width from about 1 &frac12;&rsquo; wide up to 4' wide, and vary in length from 8' up to some rag carpet rolls that run 45' long; later on, those can be cut into shorter strips and sewn together to make a room size carpet.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt"><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt">The real beauty of antique and vintage rag carpet and hooked rugs&nbsp;just can't be replicated because of the color variegation and&nbsp;materials in the originals that over time produce wonderful visual effects, giving them an incomparable liveliness and depth. Contact us for photos and information, there are more than are posted on site.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>