Large Antique French Aubusson Design American Hooked Rug 72415
This outstanding antique hooked rug combines the distinctive charm of American folk art with the designs and palette of contemporary French Aubusson and Savonnerie carpets.
Antique America Hooked Rug that Was based Off Of A French Aubusson Carpet Design, Country of Origin: America, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – While the technique and somewhat quaint drawing of this outstanding antique hooked rug betray the distinctive charm of American folk art, the medallion-cartouche design and the soft ivory golden coloration are clearly derived from contemporary French Aubusson and Savonnerie carpets. This large antique American Hooked rug clearly represents a desire to produce something more cosmopolitan, formal, and stately than the usual American hooked antique rugs, and this is also evident in the exceptionally large scale or size of the piece. As such it represents a genuinely rare and distinctive example within this genre.
This exquisite large 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 antique American hooked rug, with its soft washed out neutral coloration, circular floral medallion deign pattern and its meandering floral and vine border is obviously taking its cue from the iconic antique French area rugs – especially the French Aubusson rugs. These aspects of the deign, combined with the unusually large size, all pint to the fact that is rug was probably a costume made area rugs for someone who wanted this specific area rug made especially for them based on a design and colors that they provided.