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A Bit of History
The slipcover has a long and historic past beginning in medieval times where furniture was scarce and usually consisted of a hard stool or bench. Seat cushions made of rough fabrics were filled with straw and used to soften the hard seats of the well to do.
Slipcovers continued to be a luxury confined to the wealthy during the renaissance when furniture began to be upholstered in rich silk brocades and other pricy textiles. Plain slipcovers were used most of the time to protect this expensive fabric from wear and tear. They were removed only on special occasions when the owner chose to show off his finery to friends and guests.
During the 17th century furniture had become more readily available to the wealthy as well as other household luxuries and embellishments. The size of the homes of the rich had also increased substantially with many rooms used only on special occasions. This led to the creation of the dustcover; a loosely fitted white cover made from muslin or linen that covered all articles of value within a room when it was not in use. Furnishings at that time were true works of art and extremely expensive, they were meant to last for generations. The dustcover was a way for the owner to protect his valuables from the sun, insects, humidity, mold and mildew and other forms of wear and tear that would devalue his investments. Dustcovers were made for chandeliers, wall sconces, mirrors, and anything else that could be covered.