Quilty Pleasures: Our Favorite Spring BeddingMarch 26, 2018
Throughout history, quilts have done far more than keep us warm.
One of the earliest surviving forms of the craft, the 14th-century Tristan Quilt, depicts an epic romance, each scene complete with needlepoint captions in medieval Sicilian. During the American Civil War, women made quilts to support the abolitionist movement, often incorporating poetry into their intricate appliqué work. Long before entertainment was only a click away, quilting bees were the talk of frontier towns, serving as social gatherings.
This spring, our designers set to work on curating an heirloom-worthy quilt collection that pays homage to this long-standing art form. From eye-catching prints using traditional Indian techniques to delicate patching using tonal textures and tufting, here are some of our favorite cover stories.
We’ve long been fans of woodblock printing, the ancient Indian technique of hand-stamping fabric with carved teak blocks. For this season’s collection, our senior home designer, Emily Glaubinger, traveled to Jaipur to explore woodblocking’s possibilities alongside local artisans. “We went through hundreds of traditional block prints for the Mackenzie collection,” says Emily. “We loved the modern squares, especially when mixed with more classic florals — it adds a feminine twist.”
Fancy more flowers? Consider the all-abloom Block-Printed Fields Quilt. Looking for something more modern? Emily and her team also experimented with screen-printing over mudcloth and block prints for the Cardine collection.
PIECED & PATCHED
Originating in Bangladesh and crafted using layer upon layer of colorful vintage saris, Kantha quilts are a visual banquet for any room. This spring, our interpretation of Kantha finds its form in the sun-tinged Dyed Patchwork Quilt, where luxe silk piping and stitched cotton voile come together for the very definition of sweet dreams. “With some of these more subtle textures, the craftsmanship can really shine and take center stage,” says Emily.
It’s no secret that we love a bright print. But when it comes to creating a relaxing bedroom, there can be something soothing about a more subdued palette. With that in mind, we’ve imbued neutral quilts with texture, texture, and more texture this season — from hand-tasseled trim to delicate lace insets to playful poms — for a look that never falls flat. The Aldalora Quilt is adorned with shaggy chevron tufting, while the Banksia Quilt transcends neutral territory with tonal embroidery and patchwork detail.
One of Emily’s favorite neutral collections, the Tasseled Araya suite, is punctuated by pops of color and inspired by the traditional art of Jamdani weaving, a highly detailed technique that utilizes specialized looms. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do — the texture and detail you can achieve is amazing,” she says.
A FIVE-STAR CLASSIC
Elegant and timeless, hotel bedding will always have a place in the linen closet. But as much as we love the classic bordered motif, we couldn’t resist adding a little extra flourish to the Tasseled Border collection. “Here, you can have both: a clean, modern look, and a bit of embellishment,” says Emily.
For a truly five-star experience, treat yourself to a traditional hotel pillow arrangement: three European squares at the headboard, followed by two standard pillows for good measure. Say it with us: ahh.
Shop our full collection of spring bedding here.