To the Best of Our Knowledge: History, Science, and Furnishing Textiles
Traditionally, curators have relied largely on period graphics to determine what slipcovers, carpets, and window and bed curtains might have looked like as they recreate historic interiors. Increasingly, scientific investigationsusing paint analysis, x-rays, and rare earth magnets are challenging that approach, with interesting results. Textile historian Natalie Larson highlights how recent investigations at Mount Vernon, Montpelier, Historic Charleston, and the MFA in Boston, together with new discoveries… Show more
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