Everyday Luxury: Silk Quilts from the National Collection

July 30, 2019 – January 20, 2020

1890–1900 Bates Family Silk Parlor Throw

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, West, Nicholas J. and Eugenia Taubman Gallery Floor Plan

On view are rarely seen late 19th-century silk quilts from the museum’s collection. These textiles tell a little known story about American industry, art, fads, and marketing. The quilts were made to be seen rather than slept under and were sometimes called “parlor throws.”