I promised I’d write about some of what I’d found at our fall show, so here’s one thing.
I came to one seller’s stand and she had a box still full of miscellaneous linens that she had not unpacked. She allowed me to look through it, and though it was filled mostly with non-descript dresser scarves and towels, near the bottom I came across some lovely blue linens. Indeed, there was a blue organdy Madeira tablecloth and eight matching linen napkins.
As I unearthed them, I realized that the quality of the embroidery and cutwork was truly outstanding. And of course I purchased them immediately, as the seller didn’t seem to realize that they were any more remarkable than the other items in the box.
And I’ve learned over the years to recognize that such high quality usually came from only one maker, the Marghab shops of Vera Way Marghab. I’ve been meaning to get a copy of Cline’s Perfection, Never Less, the definitive book about Marghab, but haven’t yet done so. But when I got to my computer I checked with the website of the South Dakota Art Museum, whose definitive Marghab linens collection is unrivaled. Sure enough, my 40 inch Margandie tablecloth and 8 linen napkins were Marghab’s Shell pattern in a lovely shade of blue.
As usual, I have no need for these lovely items, nor any way to display them – so they’ll be offered for sale, and be truly appreciated by some new owner.
More from the show later, including a Colorado souvenir tablecloth… and of course I found some feedsacks to help supply the constant demand.