A fine and rare example of an embroidered idigo and ivory colored wool bed cover from the early nineteenth century.
The floral and flower/sunburst designs echo the motifs of earlier bed rugs, while at the same time showing the organization and pattern variations of an album quilt. The ground is woven with a grid-like pattern of 64 squares in two tones of ivory, and the squares are themselves placed within embroidered circles. The designs vary between squares but all maintain an abstracted flower motif. Its heavy original fringe borders the piece on three sides, and the artist's initials EMS adorn the upper or head edge of the blanket. Mounted on a neutral fabric ground over a folding stretcher. 84 1/2 inches wide by 88 1/2 inches high. Descended in the family which is from Middletown Springs, Vermont.