A Beautiful Antique American Hooked Rug, Country of Origin: America, Circa Date: 1920 – This charming antique American hooked rug is a piece of American history that is associated with the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. This captivating antique American rug uses rich browns that are highlighted by bolder oranges and greens in the center of the antique rug. The geometric design surrounding the central flowers with a square creates visual contrast and gives it almost a three-dimensional effect. This is a beautifully designed piece that retains its home-crafted feel.
Rug hooking was originally a craft of the poor in the 18th century. It started in New England and on the Canadian coast when the fabric mills would allow the poor to collect ends and rejects. They would then use these mill ends to create beautifully designed rugs to support themselves. Rug hooking died out after about 1830 when commercial factory rugs began to appear on the market for wealthier clients.
Women continued to make floor coverings for themselves out of old rags that had been discarded. However, this art form would not die out forever, and it once again became popular in the 1920’s where it was used to make floor coverings for Arts and Crafts style homes. This carpet is not only beautiful but is a part of the story of American style.
Rug hooking uses simple tools. It only requires a firm backing cloth that is a coarser weave and something resembling a crochet hook. The design is drawn onto the fabric, allowing for an endless range of designs and color combinations. They are real works of art and reflect the imagination of the artist. This is a beautiful piece and an iconic part of American history that would be the perfect touch in a traditional home. It could easily be used to add a whimsical touch to a contemporary design.