A Beautiful Small Mallard Design Antique American Hooked Rug , Country of Origin: America, Circa Date: 1920 – This gorgeous antique American hooked rug features a flock of mallard ducks taking off from the surface of a pond. This beautiful piece was created in the 1920’s when the art of rug hooking was undergoing a revival during the Arts and Crafts era. During this time, many forms of folk art experienced a revival. Antique American rug hooking of this time is known for its high level of detail and realistic renditions of scenes. Landscapes and glimpses of nature were popular themes.
American rug hooking is a textile art form that has its origins in England in the early 19th century. It began when workers in weaving mills were permitted to collect the short scraps of yarn leftover from the weaving process. The weavers took them home and pulled them through a backing of burlap, linen, or canvas, to create rugs, chair seats, pillows, and other items for the home.
The history of the craft in the USA began around 1830 when factories began to produce machine made floor coverings. Its origins are primarily utilitarian, even though some beautiful designs were produced. While embroidery and quilting were endeavors of the wealthy, rug hooking was a craft of the poor and often involved whatever materials were available, usually scraps of fabric. Many times, the backing material of early rugs was made from old burlap grain and feed sacks.
Around the end of the 19th century, rug hooking began to evolve from a craft of the poor into a fine art form. It was no longer created using scraps but was made using meticulously coordinated pieces of fabric. By 1916, strict standards were set for the craft of rug hooking that used cotton t-shirts and silk stockings. In the 1920s, standards began to be developed for dyeing wool to create the fine shading that allows for highly detailed pieces, such as this one. Formal schools and instructional courses for rug hooking were taught during this time and it developed into a refined art form that was capable of a high level of realism.
Antique rugs, such as this one, were created as accent rugs or to be mounted and hung on the wall as a piece of artwork. This is a beautiful piece made with a technique that has an interesting history. It is a natural scene and makes the perfect piece for a nature-inspired room, lodge, or country farmhouse interior design. In an urban setting, it will bring a natural element to the room design. This antique mallard design hooked rug is the work of a talented and skilled artist in the craft, and it is a beautiful piece for your collection of Arts and Crafts era pieces. It is a beautiful piece that brings a tranquil feel to your home or office.