Hooked Rug, America, Circa 1900 - This lovely, interestingly composed antique rug -- an antique hooked rug made in America some time around the turn of the twentieth century -- is a wholly distinctive work, representing a singular achievement by the person or persons behind its construction. A lavender-blue trellis hung with four blooming red and apricot roses comprises the basic design of this unusual antique Arts and Crafts rug. But the trellis also acts as a border or frame separating the open striated tan field from the dark chocolate edges. Much of the appeal of the piece also derives from the contrast between large patches of color and the sparing use of linear detail. A piece that represents a sort of consolidation of lofty aesthetic ideals into more conventional and digestible qualities, this is a fascinating rug that is as unique as it is beautiful.