View a Comprehensive Collection of Antique American Rugs
American rugs are typically comprised of hooked rugs. Although variations exist, such as Navajo rugs and Ingrain rugs, hooked rugs serve as an emblem for the American rug industry. Popular from the 1600’s to the early 1800’s, hooked rugs served settlers because of the limited supplies available and the necessity for floor coverings. Usually these designs centered around geometric patterns, floral designs, animals, landscapes and seascapes. Although humans are rarely represented on American rugs, there was a strong sense of individualistic expression as different regions became characterized by their particular styles.
Like America’s newfound citizens from a wide array of countries, her crafts and designs were gathered from many separate groups and foreign countries. Hooked rugs that were crafted in homes by the light of oil lamps and candles are one of America’s first national art forms. They depict state symbols and important regional motifs that still provide insight into life in early America. These nubbly hooked rugs are quite distinctive and evocative of an earlier time, which makes them popular furnishings for historic homes.
Early American braided rugs that were sometimes created from remnants found in textile mills also evoke a welcoming old-fashioned style that conjures up images of fireside conversations in the charming colonial homes of New England. An antique rug’s origin has substantial bearing on its overall aesthetic as well as its utility. quilts, hooked rugs and braided floor coverings were popular items, pastimes and practical crafts that allowed individuals to turn what they had into something more useful and more beautiful.
Antique American rugs , Quilts and textiles are truly pieces of individual and national history. With their folk-art whimsy and practical sensibilities, these early American works of art are a joy to behold. As the nation evolved, its carpets did too. Building on the foundation of hooked rugs and southwestern Navajo rugs and blankets, decorative ingrain carpets and more sophisticated textiles emerged. From humble farmhouses to high-society estates, these antique American rugs had a place in every home, and they still have a place in the nation’s history.
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