Category Archives: Chenille History & Fun Facts

Bates Bedspreads: A True American Classic

For many years, the chenille bedspread was ubiquitous in homes across America. Here’s a brief introductory history from the heyday of chenille to today.

The Cottage Divine Listings Featured in Architectural Digest

We’re proud to share that two of our listings were featured in an April 2019 Architectural Digest piece called “In Praise of Old School Chenille Bedspreads.”  Discover the Appeal of Retro Chenille Bedspreads Architectural Digest author Megan Gustashaw writes, “To keep your space from looking like a sterile hotel room, you’re going to need to […]

Upcycle, Recycle – Open Up Your Creative Vortex With Chenille!

Incorporating vintage chenille for bath robes, quilts and baby blankets opens up a creative vortex! Unlike modern, ho-hum bedspreads that wear out quickly and have to be tossed away, vintage chenille is a quality fabric that offers up endless choices of color, textures and patterns for all your upcycling and repurposing ideas! After all, we […]

Unique Wedding Gift Ideas for the Lovely Bride

You need a wedding gift for that lovely bride to make her special day memorable. But what do you choose? Should you play it safe and just grab something on the registry? Or do you know she would really love something extra unique, a gift that celebrates her journey and her distinct tastes? Vintage chenille […]

Fur and fluff, tails and tufts! Chenille Pet Beds, Dog Outfits & More Fun Ideas

Any pet owner will tell you: Dogs and cats are smart creatures. Cat can track down mice we don’t even see and dogs dig up their old bones they buried months before. And both cats and dogs have their own internal clocks telling them just when it’s supper time! And what many pet owners are […]

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue: What’s a Perfect Gift for That Lovely Bride?

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue Throughout history, many a bride has recited that familiar poem on her wedding day, making sure her special day included each one of those treasured ‘somethings.’ A Memorable Wedding Gift Idea, Inspired by the Past Even today, following tradition, a bride wants her memorable day to include […]

Resources on Vintage Chenille Bedspread History

If you want to learn more about the history of this wonderful textile, here are some recommendations to get you started. We are not affiliated with any of the authors/sites below – these are simply what we consider to be noteworthy resources: Title:: Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins and National Craze for Chenille Fashion Author:: […]

The Story Behind Our Name, The Cottage Divine

What do raspberries have to do with, well, everything vintage chenille? A lot, actually! We thought we’d share the story behind our new name, The Cottage Divine. Read on to find out how our new moniker came into existence… The Beginnings of The Cottage Divine When we made the decision to create a new website […]

Fieldcrest Bedspreads: Renowned for their Showy Cabbage Rose Patterns

For many years, the chenille bedspread was ubiquitous in homes across America. Here’s a brief introductory history from the heyday of chenille to today.

Vintage Chenille Bedspreads: The Lesser Known Manufacturers

For many years, the chenille bedspread was ubiquitous in homes across America. Here’s a brief introductory history from the heyday of chenille to today.