Coverlets are commonly thought to be from the Colonial American era. In fact, they were woven in the early to mid-1800's. The invention of the Jacquard loom and the industrial revolution's advancements in textile production sadly caused handwoven coverlets to fall out of fashion. For totally other reasons (time constraints caused by reality, mostly)
I currently only have the Doublecloth coverlets in stock, sorry.
Contact me if you are interested in an overshot coverlet and I'll be happy to let you know when I get them on the loom.
This is the most recent of my limited edition doublecloth coverlets. I saw the original full-sized coverlet in an antique shop here in Maine and loved it. Woven of silk and cotton, there are literally two layers of fabric, one navy and the other red or white, and by changing places from the face to the back the pattern is formed. Only available in double bed size, $125 each.
The pattern name means Thousand Flowers in French, and it's a classic small overshot pattern that looks good in any setting. This coverlet is unmitered, so the fringe runs along the sides. Available in mitered, (see the snowball coverlet) as well, to fit around a 4 poster bed better, single or double size, various colors available or by request. Want to see it in white on white? Very elegant!
Thrown casually on the bateau bed, this coverlet has an elegance that is timeless. Woven of cashmere and silk, it easily drapes and folds when dampened. Because it is not mitered, you see fringe all along the sides.
This coverlet is mitered to better fit the 4 poster bed, the corners at the foot end of the bed are 'cut out' (well, actually, they're not woven in the first place) so that the end of the coverlet lies smoothly against the foot of the bed. This style is fringed only on the foot end of the coverlet, where the unmitered are fringed along the sides. See the mille fleur coverlet, for instance.
This is a pretty pattern, whether worked in two colors, as shown, or in solid navy or burgundy, to mention a few colors usually popular. Both mitered and unmitered can be woven in full or single size.
Like quilts, many coverlet patterns have popular names, but not all do. This one was found when I was looking for the oldest identified coverlet pattern. This dates to the 1780's, and originated in Albany. I scaled it down from the original, and it's my personal favorite to date. I don't know what the original weaver called it (if he/she did), but I call it the Albany coverlet in honor of its origin.
This one is mitered to fit the 4-poster, but also comes unmitered, with fringe along the sides, instead of at the foot.