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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.

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

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