Antique French Grain Sack Piece | Linen w/ Rose / Blue Stripes Reverse to Red / Blue Stripes | 24 x 20 Inches | Pillow, Projects or Display

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This 24-inch by 20-inch piece of antique French hemp linen, hand-loomed, handwoven in the early 1900s, is one of the loveliest I have come across. Details are:

~ One side is a light flaxy linen with rarely seen rose and blue stripes, and the other side is a darker wheat beige linen with red and blue stripes. In the 1st photo, the piece is folded over to show both sides together. Traditionally, this wonderful two-toned effect was achieved by the weavers spreading the freshly woven cloth in a field and bleaching one side in the sun. The result is beautiful and makes this piece very versatile, because it can be used on either side.

~ The 2nd and 3rd photos show the entire piece on both sides.

~ The width of the stripes (including both colors) is 5-1/2 inches.

~ This textile has never been used, but I did gently launder it to remove the surface dirt and ironed it with a pressing cloth (to avoid making it "shiny").

~ The 20-inch width is selvage-to-selvage of the piece as originally woven. The two shorter ends are rotary cut.

~ The piece has a rustic, farmhouse character, with color variations in the linen on both sides, due to the nature of the plant material used to make the fibers. There are also "slubs" in the fabric and occasional darkish marks, which are characteristic of hand-woven grain sack textiles. I've pointed out some marks on the fabric on both sides (last two photos). Since the piece has already been laundered, it is unlikely that these variations can be removed.

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