Originally Posted by mudbug
Maybe I'm wrong, but the bedspreads shown in all the links look like what I call matelasse. I think it's a kind of weave. rather than what it's made of.
If you're looking at the Maine Heritage site, two of the styles listed (Queen Elizabeth and Abigail) are noted as having a matelasse (cushioned or padded) weave. The Martha spread is actually very flat but with loops in a pattern.