Have you ever seen a monochrome bedcover that uses stitching as its pattern? It’s known as a matelassé and it involves a centuries old stitching technique that originated in Marseilles, France and is still popular today. The pattern has been used on dresses, purses, and jackets, but its most common application is on bedding – particularly with coverlets and pillow shams.
At Taos Lifestyle, we love the variety of designs that can be created and how a matelassé coverlet gives an entire bedroom that cozy, homey feel. There are so many stitching patterns from which to choose, including woven diamonds, vertical herringbone, and interlocking rectangles. Combined with the right color and texture and you’ve got a charming cover that you or your guests will love to snuggle underneath.
Colors are a very important element in decorating a Taos home and many of the matelassés we sell at Taos Lifestyle take into account the traditional local color schemes. The Interlaken Brick Matelassé Coverlet has a hue that’s reminiscent of our rocky mountains at sunset and the Kerala Java Matelassé Coverlet blends in perfectly with our dusty, earthy landscape. Other colors include denim blue, ivory, and juniper green.
All our matelassé coverlets are created with top quality textured cotton and designed with expert stitching. You can choose a size that’s right for your bed, including twin, queen or king. Make sure to also choose matching shams, either standard (rectangular) shape or Euro (square) shape.
Just remember that our matelassés are coverlets, not covers. Full-length bedspreads drape across the entire bed and often touch the floor; coverlets hang about halfway up and act like a cover upon a cover. They are part decorative, part functional, so that your bed looks good while keeping you warmer in the process!
Speaking of staying warm, autumn is fast approaching, so you’ll want to pick up a matelassé coverlet sooner rather than later. It’s a classy way to stay warm and cozy during the cool weather and that’s especially important here in Taos where the temperatures drop quickly. A little extra blanket can go a long way at night.
Because matelassé coverlets use straightforward colors and patterns, they look great in any style room. Stop by our Taos Lifestyle store or check out all your coverlet options at the Matelassé section on our website!