This very large floral pattern fabric was spun from
Irish grown flax and woven into "fine Irish Linen."
According to the Titanic International Society Inc.
"this fabric was used in the Titanic's first-class
staterooms, although it does not mean that was not or
could not have been used in the second-class staterooms
as well." Matching fabric may have been used as
particular piece and others that accompany it, was purchased
as a second set to be used for as a change when the
Titanic returned home. After the sinking, White Star
Line quickly auctioned off these and other items in
Belfast to minimize superstition and negative press.
were from an elderly woman whose mother originally bought
the fabric. She tells the story of how, as a young girl,
she witness the building of the Titanic and how her
parents and brother were invited to the launching by
the Lord Mayor of Belfast. She explains that some cabins
were fitted out with "pure Irish linen curtains
and bedspreads, with fruit and flower borders."
Small pieces of this pattern are included in some advanced
collections and can be seen on a couple very popular