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From the Archive: Window Wise

by Bo Sullivan
Real period window coverings, from Catalogue No. 4, 1911, Kirsch Mfg. Co., Sturgis, Michigan
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Carpets and Rugs for Arts & Crafts Style Homes

by Brian D. Coleman
Don’t get hung-up on a familiar handful of hand-knotted designs by Morris and Stickley. You have many choices, including hand-tufted, flat-weave, Caucasian, and Mexican rugs. In fact, few things will give you as much pleasure as choosing carpets for your home.
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Art & Craft of the Accent Pillow

by Mary Ellen Polson
As Victorian excess waned, a new style appeared, inspired by simplicity. For the first time, the idea of middle-class comfort included accent pillows. Inglenooks, the built-in benches around the fireplace, were often loaded with hand-embroidered pillows to encourage cozy family gatherings.
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Portieres, or Door Curtains, for Houses 1900–1940

by Brian D. Coleman
Practically, this drapery hung in doorways stops drafts (and dampen sound) between rooms—but portieres also offer a romantic, inviting transition by softening doorways. Most were made of fabric, but portieres might also be made of strung beads, tassels and decorative cording, even seashells (for your beach bungalow). They remain an appropriate accent for the Arts & Crafts home today.
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Arts & Crafts Revival Textiles: Curtains to Carpets

by Lori Viator
Carpets and rugs, fabrics, pillows and bedding curtains and shades, table linens and more: here are the best historical and revival-style soft furnishings for your home.
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Textiles Then & Now

by Patricia Poore
Gone are heavily layered treatments. Yet against relatively unornamented walls and furnishings, textiles in the Arts & Crafts home add welcome color, texture, and comfort.
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Textiles Kits allow you to re-create modern interpretations of very old patterns, like this Uzbek from Ehrman Tapestry.

Craftsman Pillow Kits

by Mary Ellen Polson
Popular since the second half of the 1800s, the pillow kit is widely available in revivals of historic patterns, especially those of the Arts & Crafts period—in which style simple stitches are fairly easy to learn and execute.
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New Arts & Crafts Textiles

by Patricia Poore
Enjoy these fine examples from today’s Revival artisans: rugs, pillows, period-inspired fabrics, even embroidery kits. All suitable for your Craftsman house, bungalow, Spanish or Tudor Revival.
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Caring for Vintage Textiles

by Patricia Poore
Here’s advice straight from the experts, specific to the cleaning, care and conservation of pillows and covers (and related textiles)...followed by carpets.
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