Pieces from Family Heirloom Weavers of York County featured in ‘Lincoln’ film

File photo: Heather Wagner works on a 19th century ingrain carpet pattern at Family Heirloom Weavers in York Township Feb. 8. The loom uses a system of cards, called Jacquard, to program the pattern from the 1950s.

Family Heirloom Weavers in York Township has produced items, including carpets, blankets and fabrics, for the the stars. Their Hollywood credits include many movies based in the 19th century, including “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Gods and Generals.” The shop, which specializes in recreating history, also produces pieces for historic homes and Civil War re-enactments. Recently, the shop contributed items to Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” biopic, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis and hits theaters Friday. (Watch the trailer and check movie listings.)

Read an excerpt from an article about the shop written by York Daily Record photographer Paul Kuehnel earlier this year:

Bill Brown from the National Park Service walked into Family Heirloom Weavers in 1985 and threw an old piece of carpet on the floor, telling (David) Kline he was hunting for someone to weave carpet for Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill. Brown said he thought Kline could do it because the old coverlet weavers also did ingrain carpet. Kline used their Jacquard looms to remake the historic pattern and a new part of the business was born.

Today, Family Heirloom Weavers makes 33 patterns of ingrain carpet, which is made of wool and woven in flat patterns. The locally made carpets are displayed in historic buildings throughout the United States and Canada, and also in New Zealand, Norway and England. (Kline) drove to Lincoln’s Springfield, Ill., home in 1988 for the dedication of the house restoration using his first ingrain carpet reproduction.

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