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French Antique Monogrammed Linen Sheet, MD, Handloomed and Hand stitched. Red Hand Embroidered Monogram M D. French linen bedspread.

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A lovely hand loomed French Antique linen sheet, in " metis",
a mix of 70% linen and 30% cotton. Dating from 1880-1900
The red hand embroidered elaborate letters MD set apart on either side of the centre seam which is hand stitched in miniscule stitches,
a sure sign that the fabric is hand loomed.
SIZE: Width : 73" (186cm), Length : 115" (292cm), WEIGHT : 1.4 KG
MONOGRAM SIZE : Each letter 3" high x 2 1/2" wide (7.5cm x 6.5cm), 8 1/2" (21cm)
CONDITION : Very good antique condition,
with a few very small brownish spots, could be rust marks which probably come out when washed again and special treated with a suitable product.
These few imperfections are reflected in the price.

The fabric is textured yet smooth, in a pleasing natural off-white colour.

Regarding the few imperfections - this sheet could be useful as a throw over upholstery or for cutting-up projects or just for using this highly decorative and charming monogram by creating a large oblong pillow or bolster.
*
P A Y M E N T:
Preferably via Paypal.
Paypal will take all major credit cards, you don't need to have a paypal account.
Simply click on the paypal icon/SYMBOL when you make your payment.
Please note that paying via Paypal I can ship your item almost the next day, certainly between 3-5 business days.
Any other payment method could take up to 10 days before shipping.
THANK YOU!
Shipping by French La Poste with proper tracking number and custom formalities.
*************************************************************************************
It is very difficult to convey the quality of linen with photographs,
it is a very tactile material, you can only really feel the quality and compare different kinds by having it in your hand.
For me, a good guide is always the weight.
I try to describe each piece as well as possible.
*************************************************************************************
Short history of linen:
In the nineteenth century a household would have a large stock of linen, much of it originating in the bride's "trousseau", a linen collection started as a young girl. She would embroider her initials on the linen oversheets, table cloths and dishtowels as she collected them. On the finest linen she would leave space for the initials of her future, as yet unknown, husband's initials.

Up until around 1900 a "normal" household's bedsheets would have one or even two centre seams, the sheets could then be "turned side to middle" that is un-stitched, reassembled with the less worn sides in the centre. These were often made by the "sisters" in French country convents, the tiny fine stitching is impressive. The best and most precious sheets were made from the "fil de lin", that is the longest and strongest fibres of flax, giving them suppleness and strength. The thread count of these "fil de lin" sheets is very high, giving them a quality that is hard to fine in newer/modern weaving work and linen textiles.
The colour of unbleached linen and hemp depends on the plant and the soil it came from. It ranges from off white /ecru through oatmeal, golden straw, light brown and shades of grey.

Linen sheets:
The quality varies. The finest is of course the fil de lin as already described above.
Then there are the "normal" pure linen sheets, mainly used in the countryside and / or for the staff and servants of manor houses and chateaux. All with centre seams.
Now, the quality of this linen is not measured in the same way as the "fil de lin" : with "normal" pure linen, the heavier the weight, the better the quality. Of course, the weight also depends on the weave and the size. The same applies to sheets and pieces made of hemp.

Then - there is another kind of linen, known as "metis" . This is a mix of linen & cotton. The best quality is 70% linen and 30% cotton. Most 20th century pieces are made with a 50 -50 mix.
In price, it is the lowest of all Antique and Vintage linen.

About MONOGRAMMED OVER SHEETS
here:
http://lapouyette-unddiedingedeslebens.blogspot.fr/2011/07/monogrammed-french-linen-draps.html
*
A few words about "draping"... The French "draps" are perfect for draping, their name of course comes from the same root. You still find them in small French country hotels to this day, they are bigger than a standard flat sheet, as they are folded back over the blanket and then tucked in round all the edges: draped around the bed in fact.
A lovely hand loomed French Antique linen sheet, in " metis",
a mix of 70% linen and 30% cotton. Dating from 1880-1900
The red hand embroidered elaborate letters MD set apart on either side of the centre seam which is hand stitched in miniscule stitches,
a sure sign that the fabric is hand loomed.
SIZE: Width : 73" (186cm), Length : 115" (292cm), WEIGHT : 1.4 KG
MONOGRAM SIZE : Each letter 3" high x 2 1/2" wide (7.5cm x 6.5cm), 8 1/2" (21cm)
CONDITION : Very good antique condition,
with a few very small brownish spots, could be rust marks which probably come out when washed again and special treated with a suitable product.
These few imperfections are reflected in the price.

The fabric is textured yet smooth, in a pleasing natural off-white colour.

Regarding the few imperfections - this sheet could be useful as a throw over upholstery or for cutting-up projects or just for using this highly decorative and charming monogram by creating a large oblong pillow or bolster.
*
P A Y M E N T:
Preferably via Paypal.
Paypal will take all major credit cards, you don't need to have a paypal account.
Simply click on the paypal icon/SYMBOL when you make your payment.
Please note that paying via Paypal I can ship your item almost the next day, certainly between 3-5 business days.
Any other payment method could take up to 10 days before shipping.
THANK YOU!
Shipping by French La Poste with proper tracking number and custom formalities.
*************************************************************************************
It is very difficult to convey the quality of linen with photographs,
it is a very tactile material, you can only really feel the quality and compare different kinds by having it in your hand.
For me, a good guide is always the weight.
I try to describe each piece as well as possible.
*************************************************************************************
Short history of linen:
In the nineteenth century a household would have a large stock of linen, much of it originating in the bride's "trousseau", a linen collection started as a young girl. She would embroider her initials on the linen oversheets, table cloths and dishtowels as she collected them. On the finest linen she would leave space for the initials of her future, as yet unknown, husband's initials.

Up until around 1900 a "normal" household's bedsheets would have one or even two centre seams, the sheets could then be "turned side to middle" that is un-stitched, reassembled with the less worn sides in the centre. These were often made by the "sisters" in French country convents, the tiny fine stitching is impressive. The best and most precious sheets were made from the "fil de lin", that is the longest and strongest fibres of flax, giving them suppleness and strength. The thread count of these "fil de lin" sheets is very high, giving them a quality that is hard to fine in newer/modern weaving work and linen textiles.
The colour of unbleached linen and hemp depends on the plant and the soil it came from. It ranges from off white /ecru through oatmeal, golden straw, light brown and shades of grey.

Linen sheets:
The quality varies. The finest is of course the fil de lin as already described above.
Then there are the "normal" pure linen sheets, mainly used in the countryside and / or for the staff and servants of manor houses and chateaux. All with centre seams.
Now, the quality of this linen is not measured in the same way as the "fil de lin" : with "normal" pure linen, the heavier the weight, the better the quality. Of course, the weight also depends on the weave and the size. The same applies to sheets and pieces made of hemp.

Then - there is another kind of linen, known as "metis" . This is a mix of linen & cotton. The best quality is 70% linen and 30% cotton. Most 20th century pieces are made with a 50 -50 mix.
In price, it is the lowest of all Antique and Vintage linen.

About MONOGRAMMED OVER SHEETS
here:
http://lapouyette-unddiedingedeslebens.blogspot.fr/2011/07/monogrammed-french-linen-draps.html
*
A few words about "draping"... The French "draps" are perfect for draping, their name of course comes from the same root. You still find them in small French country hotels to this day, they are bigger than a standard flat sheet, as they are folded back over the blanket and then tucked in round all the edges: draped around the bed in fact.

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French Antique Monogrammed Linen Sheet, MD, Handloomed and Hand stitched. Red Hand Embroidered Monogram M D. French linen bedspread.

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Length: 115 Inches
  • Width: 73 Inches
  • Materials: antique linen, Hand embroidered monogram, French antique metis sheet, Antique country linen, Country living, French bedroom, French antique textiles, MD, feines altes leinen, red cross stitched monogram M D
  • Feedback: 138 reviews
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