Thursday, May 28, 2015

Ecru or Beige?



That is the question......


These are some of my newest doily and linen finds! Ecru has always been a favorite color of mine when it comes to linens, especially vintage linens. I mean, I have definitely ooed and aahhed over beautiful, crisp white linens but when I see doilies and linens in any shade of ecru, my heart skips a beat or two.

According to Wikipedia, ecru is defined as "the shade of greyish-pale yellow or a light greyish-yellowish brown. It is often used to describe such fabrics as silk and linen in their unbleached state. Ecru comes from the French word ecru which means literally raw or unbleached."

During and prior to the 1930's, ecru was considered another shade of beige. Since then though, ecru and beige have been regarded as two different colors.

It appears I may have mistakenly believed I was in love with ecru when all along I have been in love with the color beige. Whatever....Ecru sounds so much more sophisticated. Call it what you will. I still call it ecru!....how about you?


Here is a view of four pieces I purchased. At the top is a runner which must be 50" long! It is exquisite. What I found interesting about this piece is that on one side there are crocheted medallions in a slightly darker thread. If you look closely you can see the shade I am talking about. Perhaps they are more of an ecru while the rest of  them are a truer beige. I can only imagine that whoever crocheted this was being frugal and used up the last of some thread in her stash. It matters not to me!!! I think it simply adds to the charm and appeal!


Maybe the two tones are easier to see here in the closeup.


Another very lovely piece. This is about the size of an average placemat.


Three sweet linen dish towels are among my finds.....a lad and lassy embroidered on two of the cream-colored towels (he looks like he is doing a jig) and the third towel is embroidered on a lighter cream linen with perhaps a clover? The leaves look like 4 leaf clovers! 


Whatever the shades may be, they can be mixed and matched (I just love the mismatched look) and combined with other colors and textures sure to give you that charming, vintage appeal on your dining table, or in any room of your house. This just happens to be on my porch.....and the doily on my table is ecru. Thank you.

Have a perfectly lovely day!
Linda


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