An Antique hemp linen sheet with a simple red embroidered P+K
Likely produced in mid to late 1800s
This hemp sheet has been well loved and washed which has relaxed the hemp and given it the lovely grain sack appearance of a farmhouse style cloth.
It is thick and heavy and drapes beautifully without really creasing. The many washed has bleached the cloth and so it is chalky with some natural straw streaks visible when held up to the light.
Hemp fabric of this style was grown, processed, loomed and woven on family farms. Antique home looms were narrow, approx. 1m wide and so to make large sheets and home linens to panels were sewn together down the length.
The cloth has the grain sack effect, loosely woven.
This would have been part of a ladies wedding trousseau. The simple red embroidery is a sign of the ladies more modest background. Elaborate embroideries were a luxury for rich families who could afford to outsource their embroidery work.
The sheet has been fully laundered. It may display signs of wear due to its age which are not considered defects.
Gorgeous used for curtains, table cloth, sheet or bedspread
It measures 200 x 260cm