Beautiful Hooked Rug, America, Early 20th Century – The art of rug hooking has a history that goes back to Colonial America. Hooked rugs are made by using colored scraps of wool fabric that are punched through a ground cloth to create the design. The Art continued to be popular throughout the Great Depression. This is a gorgeous piece that was created in the early part of the 20th century and suggests Art Deco’s influence with its combination of geometric and natural elements.
When you think of American hooked rugs, the primitive patterns of earlier times are what come to mind. These early pieces often feature primitive landscapes and farm scenes in an aesthetically simple style. Older hooked rugs often reflect this primitive style of artwork. During the Civil War era, a process was developed for printing designs and patterns on the ground cloth that could be followed by the rug hooker. This allowed more complex and intricate designs to be produced.
The invention of printed designs allowed the art of rug hooking to survive and change with prevailing styles up through the Arts and Crafts period. This particular piece has an Art Deco feel with alternating blocks of bold geometric design and abstract floral designs. It uses pinks and browns on a cream background, which is once again becoming a color combination in today’s style trends.
The repeating angular panels give it rhythm and balance, while the floral patterns change and add interest. The gated design is reminiscent of an American quilt pattern, only with a contemporary early 20th-century touch. The colors of this rug are gentle, and it would add delicate color to a room with a neutral palette.
This rug is a perfect size to use as an accent rug, such as under a glass-top coffee table to create a vignette of period pieces. It is an excellent size for a small breakfast nook or reading corner. This rug is a magnificent example of the artistry of rug hooking and will be a beautiful addition to your traditional or modern decor.