Beautiful Larger Size Antique Rustic American Rag Rug, Rug Weaving Origin: America, Rug Approximate Age / Weaving Date: Early 20th Century – The stitching on this antique American rag rug creates the distinct appearance of old Americana quilting. Attractively light and flowing colors are also chosen to provide this antique rug with a comforting glow, almost as if it would be warm to the touch. Powder blue, milky white and blushing pink all stand out against each other in horizontal waves, drawing the viewer’s attention to the strong paths of motion in an elegant way. Vertical lines cascade down this antique American rag rug at regular intervals to add even more unity and framing to the design on the rug.
The Rag Rug has long been a staple in traditional American interior design. Much like the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where gold is used to fill the cracks in broken pottery, rag rugs take ruined items such as torn shirts or ripped dresses, which would otherwise be discarded, and transform them into a thing of real beauty simply by joining them together. In the case of these American rag rugs, it is very likely that the end result is much more lovely than the original items, just like the gilded dishes.
There are a variety of techniques for turning old scraps of torn clothing into soft colorful area rugs, but this American rag rug appears to have been created using both weaving and sewing techniques to make it an even more interesting piece. The weaving method of rag rugs utilizes strips of cloth to replace either the warp or weft which would traditionally be only made of thread or string. From there it is woven just as thread would be, resulting in a multi-colored stripe pattern much like the one on this American rag rug here.
Though the colors repeat and complement each other well, there is no real discernible pattern to the color placement, as is common with these types of woven antique rugs. The alternating stripes and seemingly random placement of the darker stripes of cloth create an intriguing design here, and by sewing three smaller rugs together the weaver has made it even more interesting. Its large size makes it perfect for an area rug.
While there are no figures to examine or labyrinthine lines to trace, the gaze is still caught by this large piece of Americana. There is something so soothing about the simplicity of the lines and the softness of the colors used here.