Hooked Rug

hooked rug

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Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Hooked Rug
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Quebec, Trois-Rivières
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1880 - 1890
Dimensions: L 61 cm x W 120 cm
Materials: Burlap; wool
Techniques: Hooked
ID Number: T91.0100
Credit: Gift of Dr. Howard Gorman

Rug hooking is a unique North American tradition that arose in response to the need to cover the cold bare floors of pioneer homes. Weaving cloth required long hours at the spinning wheel and loom, but rugs could be made from scraps of fabrics and fibres that were pulled through a burlap base to produce warm floor-coverings to brighten the home. It is rare to find a hooked rug whose maker is known; unlike quilts, which were treasured family possessions, hooked rugs wore out and their history was often lost.