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Green Baize Door

Exploring the history and usage of the green baize door

A green baize door is most commonly identified as a servants’ door, typically leading to the kitchens or sleeping quarters, but as we move into the 19th century and closer to the Victorian era, this was seen throughout the household, even used for main doors, such as into a study.

Baize, a green fabric made of wool, not only insulated noise but also blocked odors, such as those delectable aromas Cook was preparing for dinner. The fabric was attached to the door with brass-headed tacks, often arranged decoratively.

While it was almost exclusively used for the purpose of servant doors in the Georgian era, during the Victorian era, baize cloth became used for much more, from gaming tables to desk lining. There is mention to baize, spelled bays, in the Elizabethan era, as well, but it was during the Georgian era that we see the popularity rocket into stardom. Now, there are ample colours available, including the iconic green, but also red, blue, purple, orange, green, and so much more!

Enjoy these articles about the baize door:

Baize Wool Fabrics: Green Baize Doors

Jane Austen's World: The Green Baize Door

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