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17th Century TextilesPage 1

In the first half of the century, windows were normally hung with a single curtain on an iron rod with metal rings. A common material for such curtains was 'saye', a woollen cloth in a plain weave, and green is the most commonly given colour in inventories. A 'cupboard cloth', again often in green, was used to cover the tops of court cupboards and tables were also often covered with cloths or carpets.


Frontispiece from 'The Accomplisht Lady's Delight', 1685, by Hannah Woolley; copper engraving.

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