This historical tidbit comes from a page designed by J.R. Burrows & Company, Historical-Design Merchants about historic carpet cleaning methods. One sees in films carpets being hung outside on a line and beaten with carpet beaters made of cane.
Elinor beats the carpet. Sense and Sensibility 2008
Some carpets were fitted and hard to remove. In such instances, druggets, or hard-wearing canvas cloths, came to the rescue.
The Young Trio, by E.V. Rippingille, 1829. Image @Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery.
One of the most common strategies of keeping carpets clean in the early nineteenth century was to use druggets, heavy woolen goods spread under tables to protect carpet from spills. They are sometimes called crumb cloths. In addition to dining rooms they were used in other areas of heavy wear. E.V. Rippingille painted The Young Trio in 1829 showing a drugget protecting carpet in a parlor where children are at play. - Historic Carpet Cleaning Methods in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
You can clearly see the drugget underneath the table in this classic print.
The Dinner-Locust; or Advantages of a Keen Scent’, Charles Hunt after E. F. Lambert, c.1823; hand coloured etching and aquatint. Image @The Geffrye Museum of the Home
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A maid shakes a small carpet or a drugget from a second story window, as well as some trousers. If I recall, one of the actors walked through the door below her as she shook the cloth. Such scenes must have been common then. Sense and Sensibility, 1996.
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Posted in Architecture, jane austen, Regency Art, Regency Life, Regency Period, Regency style, tagged Ackermanns Repository, Regency furniture, Regency Interiors, Regency window treatments and draperies, Window treatments 1815-1820 on March 26, 2010 |
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January, 1815 Drawing Room window treatment
Ah, spring. Time to open the windows and air the rooms … and to consider redecorating. Ackermann’s Repository (1809-1829) didnt just cover fashion. The magazine also featured furniture and embroidery patterns, for example, and window treatments. This is simply a visual post. Enjoy!
1815 window treatment, Ackermann's Repository
1816 Regency dining room curtains, Ackermann's Repository
July, 1820, Window Draperies, Ackermann's Repository
1820 Window Treatment, Ackermann
Wallpaper frieze with drapes, woodcut print on paper, 1800-1820, V&A museum
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