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This newsletter is written in order to spread experiences within the topic of historic textiles and reconstructions. Our ambition is to amuse you and stimulate interest in the 18th Century. Durán Textiles, who is mainly working with museum collections and Royal Castles, was founded in 2002 by CEO and production manager Laila Durán, with co-worker artist Torkel Henriksson who is doing the artworks and preparing the designs for production. Our production is done mostly in India supervised by Duran Textiles inspectors. 
- The articles are mainly written by Laila Durán but we also have help from colleagues and specialists from several museums and universities.  In the future this newsletter will be distributed four times a year and is free of charge. We hope you will enjoy our stories and offers and help us to spread the letter to friends and colleagues. Contact:

Detta nyhetsbrev skrivs för att sprida erfarenheter inom ämnet rekonstruktioner av historiska textiler och 1700-talet. Ambitionen är att roa och stimulera intresset. Durán Textiles har varit verksamt sedan 2002 och arbetar med projekt för Kungliga Slott och museisamlingar i hela Skandinavien. Laila Durán är VD och projektledare, Torkel Henriksson arbetar med originalen och alla förlagor för tryck och väv. På plats i Indien, där de flesta av tygerna produceras, finns Durán Textiles egna inspektörer.
- Artiklarna skrivs huvudsakligen av Laila Durán men vi får även hjälp av kollegor och specialister från olika muséer och universitet.  Nyhetsbrevet kommer i fortsättningen att komma ut fyra gånger per år och är helt kostnadsfritt. Vi hoppas ni ska uppskatta våra artiklar och erbjudanden och även sprida informationen vidare till Era vänner. Kontakt:



My dearest friend – my pet.
By Laila Durán.

All my life I have been surrounded by animals. My first dog was a black and white Cocker Spaniel named Nicki presented to me on my fifth birthday. I cannot imagine life without my furry friends and to this day my house is full of them.
Many pets have been as important to its owner as any human friend and their faithfulness and love have warmed our hearts. Great men and women have had such close relationships with their pets that when we remember them it is with their pet at their side.
At the Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC the former president sits in his chair with his best friend at his feet.

In the Christian tradition the dog has always symbolized faithfulness and stories of dogs having saved the lives of their masters are many. One famous dog is Pompey, the Pug dog of William The Silent. According to legend, during a campaign against the Spanish, the Prince of Orange and his Pug Pompey thwarted an assassination attempt. One night at Hermigny, France, while the prince slept, assassins crept towards his tent. Pompey heard them and began barking and scratching to warn his master, finally jumping on his face to warn him of the impending danger.

The Swedish King Carl XII (1682-1718) may have been inspired by this legend when he named his dogs. He had three dogs named Pompe, and the favourite was with him when he went in to battle in 1700. The dog survived the war but three years later when the army went in to Thorn (today in Poland) the dog dies. The King mourns his dog and writes to his oldest sister, Hedvig Sofia, in a letter:
“I must also let you know that the other day, I was bereft of my oldest companion Pompe. My favourite old counterpart went to sleep in good health in the evening and lay dead in my bed in the morning”.

The King was also a great lover of horses. His famous horse Brandklipparen was a warhorse depicted in many of the Kings portraits. The story tells how a man named Håkan Stråhle from Småland came to the Kings rescue and gave him this horse when the Kings own horse had been shot in battle. The horse fought in all the Swedish wars in the early 18th century and he died in Lund, in the south of Sweden, 47 years old.

Swedish King Karl XII (1682-1718) and his horse Brandklipparen. painted by David von Krafft

In Muslim countries cats are regarded as lovable and cherished creatures and in a passage in the Koran you can read that once when Mohammad was called to a prayer, he cut the sleeve off his robe rather than disturb his sleeping pet, the favourite cat Muezza, who was nestled upon it.
It is not only Mohammad who went to considerable length to please his cat. In England in the 1750-ies the formidable writer Samuel Johnson, writer of the Dictionary of English Language was a fool for his beloved cat Hodge. He would go to the market himself every day to buy oysters to his feline friend, lest the servants having that trouble they would take a dislike to the dear creature. Today there is a statue of Hodge in front of his Masters house.

As the popularity of keeping pets inside houses grew, laws where made to keep pets out of public rooms and public schools. When Lord Byron was not permitted to have neither a dog nor a cat in his room at Cambridge University, he had a pet bear. As there was no mention of bears in the college statues, the authorities had no legal basis for complaint.

Winston Churchill, the English PM, had a great love for animals all his life. The black stray cat Margate found a life with the Churchill family after it was found on the steps of #10 Downing Street, but is was his favourite cat Jock who stayed in Churchill’s bed with him towards the end of his life. Jock was even mentioned in the PM´s will.

The greatest known legacy devoted to an animal, was to a dog owned by Miss Ella Wendel of New York, USA, who bequeathed her poodle Toby, 75 million USD in 1931.

You can’t buy loyalty, they say
I bought it though, the other day.
You can’t buy friendship, tried and true,
Well just the same, I bought that too.
I made my bid, and on the spot
Bought love and faith and a whole job lot
Off happiness, so all in all
The purchase price was pretty small.
I bought a single trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start.
If you think this things are not for sale,
Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a stump for a tail.

- Author unknown -




In his self portrait, painted in 1745, William Hogarth paints the picture of his beloved dog.

Franklin D Roosevelt Memorial in Washington DC.

The Love Letter by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. The Lady reading the letter is faithful to the writer, as the dog symbolizes faithfulness and fidelity.

Princess Ekaterina Golitsyna, painted in 1759 by Louis-Michel van Loo. In the 18th century the Pug was the most popular breed of dog amongst the well to do.

Cardinal Richelieu had more than a hundred cats through out his life and when he was dying in 1642 it was his pets that kept him company in bed.

Hodge The Cat outside his Masters house.

Winston Churchill took in a stray cat found at the door of #10 Downing Street and named her Margate.

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