Quilts have a storied place in time. Part of American life since the colonial era, they were originally fashioned from clothing scraps to warm bedding.
“They tell a story and rich history, whether passed down as a family heirloom or found at a flea market in Paris,” says Susie McLaren, creative head of residential interiors at SHH, an architecture and interior design practice in London.
“The beauty of quilts is that their creation is by definition a calming, contemplative act. And having one in your room can literally help you to slow down, pause, and reflect,” says Michelle Salz-Smith, founder of Studio Surface design firm in Del Mar, Calif.