Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Something Oh So Special

I received a wonderful surprise this weekend, very old and I believe quite rare. This blanket/wall hanging is a gift from my grandma who recently stumbled upon it in her home. It was handed down from her mother, my nanny, and had originally belonged to the generation before hers. So all in all we think the blanket is over 200 years old.

It is hard to believe that it is that old considering the impeccable shape it is in. There are very few snags & the colors are still very vivid. The letters that make up the border are really unique. They appear to be Arabic, although, I am no language expert so could be completely off on that one. Maybe I will have to do a little investigating.

Everything about this blanket is intriguing: the patterns, the patterns within patterns, the double sided coloring effect... I did just sit and stare at it for quite awhile. I would like to keep it out to enjoy rather than wrapped up and protected in a box where I will never see it. Perhaps a corner of the room that does not get much sunlight (to avoid fading) or many visits from the cat (to avoid snags and thick clumps of white hair). I feel honored that my grandma would hand such a special heirloom down to me! This will mark the fifth generation (at least) of ownership. When I look at it I will think fond memories of both my grandma & my nanny. Thank you Grandma for such a thoughtful & special gift!


Anonymous said...

You are so welcome,my dear. It does my heart good to be able to give you something that I know you will love and appreciate and I know that Nanny would be happy to have you have it.It takes someone special to like those kind of things and you are someone special!
Love you,

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful quilt! I can't wait to see it in person. How fortunate that it was kept and cared for so carefully. I know that you are the perfect person to continue the care for this treasure - you do love and appreciate the beauty in these family heirlooms.


Angie said...

Wow, what a treasure!