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HAND HOOKED RUGS SEMI ANTIQUE
Style HAND HOOKED RUGS SEMI ANTIQUE
Design 49182D
Width 8.03
Length 12.10
Loc N/A
QTY 1
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In the United States, carpets and floor coverings, with rare exception, did not make an appearance until roughly the mid eighteenth century. Most of the production of these items was uncollaborated and was undertaken in modest homes up and down the Atlantic coast from Maine to Georgia. From the early 19th century the craft of what are know as hook rugs began to surface. For the most part, these homemade rugs were made by women to adorn their own personal homes. Many of the early pieces included depictions of items present in the artisan’s day-to-day life and surroundings such as local flowers and landscapes as well as family farm animals such as horses, dogs and chickens for example. These hook rugs were fashioned by pulling narrow bands of leftover scrap wool fabric in and out of a linen or burlap foundation with a hook. While the early designs were invented by the makers of hook rugs, commercial patterns help popularize the craft. It is thought that patterns for these rugs began to circulate as early as 1850 but became much more evident from 1900 and on. The stenciled patterns were stamped on burlap foundations and were sold in rural areas by door-to-door salesman. These created patterns often included floral compositions, birds, patriotic themes and repeating geometric designs.  Further into the twentieth century and concurrent with the arts and crafts movement, the craft of rug hooking became organized as a cottage industry, often established on the efforts to economically aid impoverished rural families.

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