Interesting Facts about Quilts

Choosing the quilt covers for your bed (once you have all of the furniture pieces sorted out) is such an important piece of the puzzle for creating the bedroom of your dreams. A quilt cover can really make a difference and give your bedroom a dash of glamour and elegance in a minute. Choosing a soft and comfortable quilt is of vital importance if you want to feel good while laying in your bed, so it’s always good to take one’s time, do a proper research and choose it wisely.

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No mater the material type or size of the different quilt cover options, they all share some interesting facts. So, let’s check them out!

  • The word “quilt” comes from the Latin word “culcita” which mean a cushion or mattress, however, in the English language it came around 1250’s from the French word “ cuilte”.
  • Quilting was brought to Europe by crusaders from the Middle East back in the 11th century.
  • According to many studies, the first known quilted garment is on the carved ivory figure of a Pharaoh of the Egyptian First Dynasty who was known as the beardless king who wore a white crown, about 3400 B.C.
  • One of the oldest surviving bed quilts is the one coming from Sicily from the end of the 14th century. It’s made out of linen and it’s padded with wool, while the first American quilt is the Saltonstall one from 1704.
  • The quilt-making business started to flourish in the period between 1825 – 1875. Back then, quilt covers were used on beds, as covers for doors and windows, as well as floor mats where children used to play. The fumiest fact is that in some places, quilts were used as currency to pay bills. That’s how important they were!
  • For many hundreds of years, Chinese people used to wear quilted jackets instead of regular ones.
  • The oldest quilting technique is called Backstitch and was used during the 1st-century for the making of the Siberian rug (Colby).
  • Today’s modern quilting brings the aesthetics and mindset of the ancient time and the modern minimalist elements together and as a result we have bold colours and prints, high contrast, alternate grid work, etc.
  • Modern quilting has existed in many forms in the 20th century, but it was in the 2000’s when the modern touch was implemented and quilters began to identify themselves as modern.
  • If you want to engage somehow with modern quilters, or you just want to know a little more about modern quilting, visit the non-profit organisation  and get to know all the details.