Rich chocolate brown (think the color of a milk chocolate bar, hence the alternate name ‘Hershey’ brown) was often paired with white in quilts.
In fact, that segment of the Victorian period is often referred to as “the brown years” because of the prominence of browns in paints and fabrics.
Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960 offers this opportunity by organizing hundreds of fabric swatches by period.
For each period, Eileen Trestain gives us fascinating information about how textiles were made, dyes were used and prints created in the making of fabrics during that time period.
There are many books out with beautiful color prints of quilts from various eras but until now we couldn't examine an extensive collection of fabrics.In the British world of antiques, a divy is a diviner, one who can tell it’s the genuine article upon sight.Perhaps you’ve experienced a shiver down your spine when you find a vintage fabric; you just know it’s old and the real thing at first glance.I believe the earliest existing European quilts are a pair of whole cloth trapunto ones, telling the story of Tristan and Isolde dating from the early 1400's.The oldest quilts in the Smithsonian collection go back to about 1780.Often width, color, design, weave and appearance can be good indicators.