Wonder what the threadcount is...

Looking through a list of upcoming historicals, I noticed a few of the ubiquitous sheet clinches and decided to hunt up some of the ones I knew were out there. And really, were linens quite this colorful back then? So here are some I found, though I'm sure there are more.




And here we have some stepbacks:

Notice a theme here? Hmmm...

6 comments:

La Karibane said...

Well, it's plausible that some of the colors did exist, if you take into account the description of Aristocracy's clothing in books or even clothing/draperies I've seen in museums. Even more so, if they are imported silks from India and China etc...I've been to Versailles and the furniture, wall fabric and drapes are all very colorful.

Now the intensity of the shades is another matter since we're talking early 19th century here. Maybe at the beginning, when they are brand new, these sheets could be bright or intense in shade but think of the lye soap, sun exposure etc, they must fade real fast, I think.

Nicole said...

Oh, I'm sure some of the colors were available. But for everyday sheets?

Though really, the post is just to make fun of the rather ridiculous covers and how alike they are.

Jay said...

Gah, the sheet clinches are really bad. Except for that one by Melody Thomas. He not only looks like he's yanking her head but she's about to slid off the bed. Maybe he's grabbing her hair, trying to pull her back on to the bed.

Kristie (J) said...

They are colourful aren't they? Another thing that sticks out on a lot of them is the spreading of the hair. Even when I had long hair it never looked as fine(?) as that.

Tara Marie said...

To add to Kristie's comment about hair not only doesn't it look that good, but when my hair was really long my husband was always rolling over on it and pulling it out of my head.

meljean brook said...

ROFL -- I suppose if I was a romance heroine, I'd lounge around on silk sheets like that, too :P

But you are right -- put together like this, they are exactly the same. I don't mind these on the stepbacks, but on the cover? *shudder* Even if they are pretty and colorful, gah!

I wonder if Martha Stewart ever rolls around on her 100000-thread count sheets like this?

Oh god. Oh god. That's a total PhotoShop moment.