Chenille bedspreads first appeared on the American landscape in the early twentieth century as a hand made folk art item bought by northern tourists traveling south. The popularity of chenille bedspreads continued to grow country wide until they were a mass produced marketing and cultural phenomenon by the 1950′s.
Vintage chenille bedspreads are highly sought after now long after they’ve went out of production. Reproductions are currently available on the market but there’s nothing like having a real vintage chenille bedspread. At the risk of sounding cliché, these tufted bed covers remind us of a happier, simpler time. The good news is that there are plenty of vintage chenille bedspreads to be had in good to great condition at a reasonable price.
Our Chenille Guide discusses the different types of chenille such as hobnail and needletuft. The guide also delves into the history of chenille. Much of the value in owning a vintage chenille bedspread is in understanding a little bit of the history behind it.
From the 1920′s to the 1960′s, a stretch of Highway 41, or Old Dixie Highway, in North Georgia was known as Peacock Alley because one of the most familiar patterns on the chenille bedspreads displayed at the numerous roadside stands in this area was that of a peacock.
Here are some fabulous examples of Peacock chenille bedspreads: