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Whaley House's New Custom Stair Carpet Woven on Historic Loom
A beautiful new stair carpet made especially for the Whaley House by Family Heirloom Weavers was recently installed as part of SOHO's ongoing restoration and maintenance of the Old Town San Diego museum. Our curatorial team selected a sumptuous, 19th-century rosette pattern in forest green against a dark tan background that Family Heirloom Weavers found in the textile collection of the Goldey Paley Design Center at Philadelphia University. The Crompton & Knowles loom used to weave the carpet dates from the 1930s and also came from Philadelphia University. Originally designed to weave terry cloth, the loom has been adapted to weave narrow stair carpets. The Jacquard attachment mounted above the loom was built in Philadelphia by the Halton Company in the 1940s.