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Maine Heritage Weavers Bedding  

Maine Heritage Weavers Bedding (often referred to as Bates Bedspreads) designs and manufacturers classic bedspreads. The craftsmen of Maine Heritage Weavers weave America's most famous bedspreads in their original weight and elegant beauty. With classic matelasse bedspread designs and styles, Maine Heritage Weavers bedding sets are available in Twin, Full, Queen and King sizes -- each one hand crafted. During the 19th century, classic bedspreads were a work of love, padded and stitched by hand. A century later, Bates Fabrics found a way to reproduce this puffed pattern true to its heritage in authenticity and loomed to last. Maine Heritage Weavers continues the Heritage tradition. These true matelasse bedspreads are an authentic reproduction of original handwoven masterpieces dating back to the first Elizabethan Era before becoming popular in Colonial America. Elegant center medallion and flowers woven in an intricate puffed pattern give grace and clarity to these classic museum-designed bedspreads.

In 1850, Boston Industrialist Benjamin Bates formed Bates Manufacturing Company, a textile mill in Lewiston, Maine. This textile mill contributed largely in the transformation of a small agricultural village to a large industrial city. In less than ten years, this had become one of the largest textile producers in New England. The company, in various forms and under various owners, would continue to do business for almost 150 years, developing a national reputation for its elegant bedspreads and other stylish fabrics. Maine Heritage Weavers began after Bates closed with a group of former Bates Manufacturing employees who learned from their parents and grandparents, the early craftsmen of the legendary Bates Fabrics' candlewick and matelasse bedspread line, how to weave and finish bedspreads loomed for beauty with the quality and durability of an heirloom. The last generation of Bates manufacturing employees are now the first generation of Maine Heritage Weavers. These former Bates Fabrics employees use the same equipment to weave these superior quality bedspreads as taught to them by their parents and grandparents.