A Beautiful Open Field and Central Medallion Square Antique American Hooked Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Antique American Rugs, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – This exquisite square antique American hooked rug, from the early 20th century, is an excellent example of the pieces produced during the Arts and Craft movement. Rug hooking became popular in the early part of the 19th century around Yorkshire, England. It began with mill workers collecting scraps of yarn from floor mat production. This craft soon spread to the USA and became a favorite pastime among the Victorians. These antique American rugs were popular during the Arts and Crafts movement in the early 20th century in the United States. This is a beautiful example of the design features and techniques of this art movement.
This beautiful square shape rug features a medallion of rich colors against a simple brown background. The medium and dark tones give it a stately and regal feel. The American hooked rug uses dark blue, forest green, and bright red to add contrast to the solid medium brown background. The use of the dark border around the outside of the rug echoes the tones used in the central medallion. This helps to balance the antique Hooked rug and pick up the colors used in the center to create a sense of unity in the design.
Even though the background of the square antique American Hooked rug is a solid medium brown, the pile of the rug reflects the light differently depending on the direction in which it is brushed. This adds texture to the background, as opposed to selecting a more uniform technique. The medallion design is roughly symmetrical, but you will notice that there are slight differences woven into the right and left sides. This is what gives it a homespun feel that sets it apart from other antique rugs at the time. It is a treasured piece for any collection.