Woven Doublecloth Coverlet
Origin: America, New Jersey, Bergen County
OW: 74 1/4"; H without fringe: 91"; OH with fringe: 94"
Blue wool warp and weft; white cotton warp and weft in double weave technique.
Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Nobbs
Acc. No. 2003.609.8
This geometric patterned coverlet is woven in a double weave technique with a wool and cotton warp and weft. The coverlet is made up of two loom widths joined with a center seam. It has a rolled hem at top (turned to light side of coverlet) and self-fringe at bottom. The centerfield of the coverlet consists of geometric designs of crinolated squares and diamonds within squares. The border on all four sides is made up of stepped wavy lines.
Label:It is rare that unsigned geometric-patterned doublecloth coverlets can be attributed to an identified professional weaver. Similar patterns such as "snowballs" and "pine trees" were available to professional and domestic weavers up and down the east coast. This coverlet, however, is securely attributed to the professional weaver David Haring through its association with the Haring family and the similarity of the yarns to a signed example. Coverlets entirely woven in indigo-dyed blue wool yarns are characteristic of some New Jersey weavers. The coverlet descended through Eliza Haring's family along with a signed Haring coverlet and a geometric patterned one.
Provenance:This coverlet along with two others--one of which is marked "David Haring"-- descended in the family of David Haring to Mrs. Jean Nobbs, a descendant of David Haring.