Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

Laszlo Zongor explains the system of Jacquard Loom(see below) and the punched holed cards, each card a single line of weaving.



A two hour drive from Pittsburgh.  My book club had a fun and memorable getaway weekend trip.  We stayed at the Historic Bedford Resort.

Sunday, Joan and I went to see the National Museum of the American Coverlet– housed in a beautiful Historic Common School.   A coverlet is a woven bed cover, although there were some floor coverings, too.  The coverlets display changes every four months.  We learned a lot about the history of the coverlets with our knowledgeable guide explaining the differences. The last photos are of the gift shop where you can purchase reproductions of the antique designs and fabric for quilters.

 from the National Museum of the American Coverlet

The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, year round.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($5 for age 60 and over).  Kids under 12 are free.  Group rates available.

Laszlo Zongor explains the punch cards used in the Jacquard loom.

 If you have a coverlet, you can bring it to Melinda and Laszlo Zongor and they can help date it and identify the weaving method.

The Jacquard Loom

There are looms and spinning wheels on exhibit.

18 thoughts on “Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

  1. We have been to the Bedford Springs Resort a couple of times. They have a fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch. It is so relaxing there. An old fashioned place.
    Never knew to go to the coverlet museum, though. Interesting discovery! Great photos!

  2. Looms and the intricate patterns they produce are fascinating. Seeing that stack of cards only adds to the wonder of it all. Thanks, Ruth, for taking us along.

  3. Wonderful post. I had heard Bedford, Pa is a beautiful place to visit and may go there one day. Your photography is amazing.


  4. These are amazing, Ruth! And you are such a talented portrait photographer! Seems like Lazlo really knew his stuff! Love this whole post!

Thanks for your visit. It's always good to hear you stopped by.