January 2021

BEHIND THE DESIGN:
Our new partnership with Shelburne Museum

Steeped in history, made for today…

We’re proud to partner with Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont to create this new collection of artful designs for the home. 

Shelburne Museum celebrates America’s ingenuity and design heritage with a significant collection of folk art, including one of the largest collections of home textiles anywhere. We’re delighted to recreate these exclusive pieces from the museum’s holdings, weaving the imagination, natural fibers, and artisanship of yesterday into the heirlooms of tomorrow.

“Shelburne Museum is renowned for its vast holdings of historic American textiles, collected both as extraordinary examples of craft and for their functional material histories. We are delighted that Garnet Hill drew inspiration from these objects and the unique American narratives they weave.

— Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Shelburne Museum

“Textile arts have long been considered a craft or hobby and not an art form. In our new landscape of recognition, it’s been great to see this art form become more visible in the mainstream.”

— Linnea, Garnet Hill Home Merchant

Shelburne Museum was the first museum to exhibit quilts as works of art, and is known internationally for the exceptional variety and quality of their textile collections. This cotton quilt was reinterpreted from one of these historic designs, paying tribute to the original with navy dot-print appliqué motifs and hand-quilted details. The original “Appliqué Hearts Quilt” is said to date back to the 1840–1860s and is likely from the Upper Hudson Valley. 

This blanket replicates a historic “Church Windows” design also found in Shelburne Museum’s collection. It’s woven with intricate patterning in complementary colors to add heirloom charm to the piece. The maker of the original bedcover is unknown, but museum records indicate that it was probably made in Pennsylvania between 1810 and 1830. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, it’s a beautiful, versatile piece to grace any bed.

Hooked by hand using a soft blend of wools, including premium New Zealand wool, this rug was inspired by a historic design that we found in the collection at the Shelburne Museum. Its stylized quatrefoil patterning can be found in classic architecture. Beautiful colors highlight the shapes and add rustic charm to this artful piece. The original rug is believed to have been crafted in New England between 1840 and 1860.

We are proud to have these pieces as part of our collection. Each design is a celebration of American heritage and a cozy addition to any home. 

What’s your favorite piece in the collection?
For additional quilts, blankets, bedding, and rugs to further coordinate your look, explore our latest home collection.


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