All the furnishings, rugs, textiles, and decorative items are in place, rather than merely on display. The Pope and Riddle families entertained artists, writers, and people of state: the details that distinguished them as consummate hosts still inspire decorators and designers today.
Included in the museum’s collection are 24 oriental rugs ranging in age from the mid-18th to the early 20thcenturies and originating primarily from the Caucasus Mountain region, Persia, and Anatolia. Textiles include silk and tapestry Japanese table mats and runners from the 19th and 20th centuries. Household linens include all manner of utilitarian linens for dining, bed, and bath, as would befit a household of this size. A costume collection includes Theodate’s clothing from the 1880s-1930s.