Kissing coussins

antique Indian textiles cushionsDO you remember the three antique Indian cushion covers that I rescued and washed about fifty posts ago? No?

And the others I’ve tried in the salon that don’t work because the house does not appreciate dainty textiles that any other French house would absolutely love to have scattered about?20151006_145538

I give up, it likes these. What do I do about the rest then?  This AM PM jute/cotton/wool cushion cover was reduced from ridiculous (i.e anything over 20 quid) to acceptable £15 from Laredoute so I bought it


Indian Kilim




Too neat and bright and new and stiff, and ostensibly Dry Clean Only , so I turned it inside out (textile hint#1) and washed it anyway. It’s lost intensity, the weave looks a little more battered and it will now work with the genuine antique covers.

DISCLAIMER- I do this a lot. Wash things that aren’t supposed to be laundered.I am not advocating, merely throwing caution to the winds


About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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7 Responses to Kissing coussins

  1. Osyth says:

    Sometimes the risk is worth it …. if something simply aint right the way it is then the risk of wrecking it certainly outweighs the cautious approach. And boy, did this work! Love it 🙂

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  2. zipfslaw1 says:

    You’re kissing cousins, there’s no smoke, no flame
    If you lose that pilot, I can fly your plane

    — Joan Armatrading

    Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. 🙂

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  3. I’ve had mixed results with washing things that say dry clean only. My biggest regret is a cute Betsey Johnson dress that went from my size (and one of my favorites) to doll size, despite cold water. Other things are just fine.


    • I know what you mean . with textiles it’s always a risk, especially with old stuff but I can’t see the point of everyday pieces or bed linens etc that you can’t wash!
      It’s a lottery. I wouldn’t wash anything that cost a lot, but then we don’t buy pricey treasures


  4. Nadia says:

    Looks lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

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