Thursday, April 26, 2018

Liquid Furniture

The brightly patterned blankets that Oregon Rodeo has been selling to Indians since 1863 are the workhorses of my home furnishings. They're architectural in the visual effect they produce and offer upholstery on demand for day and other beds and for seating. In a no-shoes interior, I can set one on the floor to support workouts and naps. Folded or rolled, one makes a good bolster. The pattern makes it easy to configure the blanket in a straight and dignified way. Since the things are collectible, I don't have to worry about sinking capital into furnishings that might be tricky to resell and ship. 

Maintenance is trivial. I ordered some moth traps and set them out to see if the house is really as pest-free as I had thought. A 1926 Good Housekeeping manual had warned that central heating means always having to worry about moth. The traps caught nothing, a considerable relief since the house is not screened. I'm careful about not leaving lights on in rooms that are open.

Museum conservators use a no-rinse detergent for precious textiles. Reasoning that Indian housekeepers would not have had access to dry cleaning, I washed a blanket in the bathtub when the attic was hot enough for quick drying, and the results were gratifying. A good blanket fades gracefully over time -30-

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