The centuries old custom of monogramming linens has quite an interesting history. Originally, all linens were white and the stitches of the monograms were white as well. This idea of white was tied into the premise of the purity of a bride. A bride’s trousseau was filled with a treasury of monogrammed linens for her new household.
Eventually, red monogramming became acceptable, but only at lunch.
A true monogram has letters which intertwine. Markings with letters which stand independently are actually called cyphers.
When creating a monogram for a married couple the wife’s initial comes first. The above monogram could signify “Bette and Michael Archer.”
If you want to learn more about monograms and the trousseau, I suggest getting a copy of The Book of Fine Linen by Francoise de Bonneville.
All linen images via Leontine Linens