Ok, what is an antimaccassar? for those of you who may be less obsessed with the minutiae of textiles than I am. they are small fabric mats placed over the back of chairs to protect them. Mainly, in the Victorian period, to prevent men’s hair products (macassar oil!) from marking the furniture.
These are often neglected by vintage collectors as any decorative design will usually be at the front only. I love them and they make perfect small, rectangular cushions.
This beautiful linen pair with Jacobean tree of life embroidery have been made up super-simple. Just sewn up on three sides and tape attached on the open end to tie up with a bow. They are in my French salon now and look great.
The tree of life motif is a big love of mine and echoes of it will appear all over this house. It influenced French textiles via the “indienne” fabrics imported (initially via Marseille) from the 17thc onward. Enterprising French cloth manufacturers started developing printing processes to create their own versions of these ancient images.