On Wednesday September 24, 2014, the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery will open its fall exhibit, Tea and Roses. The exhibit features 23 coverlets from the McCarl Collection in addition to vintage and antique tea cups and ephemera. The exhibit explores the visual and culinary history of the rose in Victorian America. The double rose pattern was one of the most common designs featured in 19th century Jacquard coverlets. The double rose has been found on coverlets originating from Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and even from Canada, indicating a widespread popularity of the pattern. Coverlets containing the rose were woven from 1820 to the late 1870s. The double rose pattern has been woven in a variety of styles and sizes and can be found in the border and cornerblock location of a coverlet as well as the centerfield. The rose has been used as a decorative accent for centuries. During the Victorian era, the cabbage rose was extremely fashionable and was found in wallpaper, carpets and rugs, upholstery, draperies, ceramics, and metalwork.


The Gallery is open from noon until 4pm Tuesday through Friday and Wednesday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm.

Additional hours are available by appointment.

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery

Welcome to the McCarl Gallery, part of the Saint Vincent campus in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The Gallery, featuring the McCarl Coverlet Collection, is located on the lower floor of the Fred Rogers Center.

The McCarl Coverlet collection is comprised of over 400 “figured and fancy” jacquard woven bed weavings. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennesse. The bulk of the collection dates from 1820-1860.

Please visit frequently for news on the gallery, programs, photos, and more.  




The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery would like to invite you to attend Woven into History, a history-based program for visiting classes of school children in grades K-6. Saint Vincent College is located in Westmoreland County, PA,  Schedule your visit today!


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  • The Winter Blues

    The McCarl Coverlet Collection is made up of a colorful assortment of textiles woven by weavers of many different traditions and backgrounds. Weavers from England, Ireland, and Scotland created coverlets woven in a double weave style. This technique featured two sets of warps woven together to create two pieces of cloth joined together. They were generally woven with blue and white threads. This technique was not unanimously used by weavers from these regions, as you will see throughout the book, but it does dominate weavings from these regions.


 Our students have created a blog about various aspects of the Coverlet Gallery. Check it out!