Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
Happily the tropical suns had bleached the tapestries to a faded blue-green colour, and the mirror with its frame of shells, the work of the steward's love, when the time hung heavy in the southern seas, was quaint rather than ugly. Twisted shells with red lips like unicorn's horns ornamented the mantelpiece, which was draped by a pall of purple plush from which depended a certain number of balls.
1. a covering that makes a place dark and gloomy;
2. a thick dark cloud of sth;
a type of silk or cotton cloth with a thick soft surface made of a mass of threads;