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Needlepoint carpet

Date:
1764
Geography:
Made in England
Culture:
British
Medium:
Wool
Dimensions:
113 x 144 in. (287 x 365.8 cm)
Classification:
Textiles
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Gift, 1980
Accession Number:
1980.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722
Carpets were a considerable luxury in colonial America. Until the mid-eighteenth century, owners spread textiles over tables rather than on floors. This cross-stitched example has floral and geometric motifs supplemented by quotations from Edward Young’s "Night Thoughts" (1742–45), a popular poem about life, death, and immortality.
Inscription: embroidered within rectangular stripe in center: [verse]; embroidered with date: MDCCLXIV
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