Elegance and refinement

Since the beginning of the 16th century when it first came into being, lace became popular as a decoration on clothing and in interiors until long into the 20th century. Even contemporary designers like to use lace or lace motifs. Lace patterns are constantly changing, but elegance and refinement are a constant factor. The Rijksmuseum has the largest lace collection in the Netherlands. It comprises around 3,500 pieces dating from the late 16th to the early 20th century. An important part of the collection consists of pieces belonging to Queen Wilhelmina, who had a great love of lace and assembled a beautiful range of items.