Needlepoint carpet


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 722

Carpets were a considerable luxury in colonial America. Until the mid-eighteenth century, owners spread textiles over tables rather than on floors. This cross-stitched example has floral and geometric motifs supplemented by quotations from Edward Young’s "Night Thoughts" (1742–45), a popular poem about life, death, and immortality.

Needlepoint carpet, Wool, British

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