Where to find a reasonably-priced bedspread in a custom size — vintage style, preferred? A reader recently asked us this question. Specifically, she wanted two twin bedspreads, each with a 24″ drop (rather than today’s standard, 21″.) Pam said this was a much tougher question that she would ever have guessed — but was quite happy when the solution also included pom poms!
The usual suspects — Vermont Country Store and JC Penney came up zilch re: the 24″ drop. And unless you can do it yourself, we set aside the idea of getting custom bedspreads made: Very spendy.
But after additional, intense searching, we came up with the Bates Mill Store. It offers six styles of 100% cotton Matelasse bedspreads — traditionally woven by Maine Heritage Weavers — which can be made to custom sizes for a very reasonable upcharge of just $30. (Sizes larger than 120″ are $60 more.)
Each of the six customizable styles comes in six color options — Antique, French Blue, Linen, Sage, Wedgewood Blue, and White. And, there are five different fringe options, including pom poms! Prices are fundamentally affordable, ranging from $100 – $290 depending on size and style, plus they are all made in the USA at the company’s Lewistown, Maine, factory.
If you have a queen-sized bed, there are three additional styles that can be resized.
These Bates bedspreads are about as classic as you can get. Pam says she has one on her bed right now — no pom poms, though, and now she wants pom poms! From the Bates website:
Our Matelasse Bedspreads feature a beautiful array of cotton bedspreads with designs that consist of elaborate floral center medallion patterns like the Abigail Adams or Queen Elizabeth to classic all over patterns like the Heritage or Colonial Rose. With this style of weave, the design is woven directly into the bedspread. If you were to run your hand across the top of a Matelassé Bedspread, you would feel a smooth, soft surface. Made in USA, 100% cotton and machine washable.
Original Retailers of America’s Bates Mill Bedspreads
Throughout the Civil War and both World Wars the Bates Manufacturing Company continued to weave its fine quality cloths, with bedspreads being the most rendered for the past 50 years. The Bates Manufacturing Company opened its doors when America was a farming community of only 23 million people and 30 states. Now the weaving company is called Maine Heritage Weavers, a new company birthed in 2002 by former Bates Mill employees. The Bates Mill Store originally opened in the 1950′s to offer discounted second quality bedspreads to Bates Mill employees, but now we sell elegant first quality Bates bedspreads woven by Maine Heritage Weavers the same way that Benjamin Bates designed.
You can read information about the history of Bates Mill Store on their website.