Wednesday, 11 July 2012

A Right Royal Mystery

Just purchased this beautiful hand made hessian backed rug/wall hanging, and am quite intrigued to find out a bit more about it's pedigree.

Labelled as Hand Made in Greece Athens, by or for Their Majesties Fund. 
The fund apparently was set up by Queen Frederika after the second world war, with the objective of supporting and promoting Greek handicrafts.

In the early 1960s some cool dudes opened a shop in Manhattan that used to stock this folksy work and it had quite a celebrity following. Jackie Kennedy bought JFK a cushion that now sits on a chair in the Boston Library. Katherine Hepburn was also a regular customer but always asked the staff to turn the Greek music down so she could concentrate on her shopping.

There is very little information on line other than these little snippets, I wondered if anyone else out there knows anymore?

1 comment:

  1. Really interesting story, thank you for sharing what you know. Lizzie