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Catalog Number 0002.372
Description Rag Throw Rug, c. 1870. Cotton rag throw rug is comprised of several rows of three each cotton strips twisted together. Rows are sewn together with thread. Fabric is mostly light tan with some strips containing blue, red, gray or brown. At each end are sixteen tufts comprised of tied thread left over from sewing the rows of fabric together. Probably hand made.
Object Name Rug, Rag
Collection 3D - Floor Covering
Title Rag Throw Rug, c. 1870
Date c. 1870
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text none
Provenance According to letter on file: Cottage bedroom Set belonged to Mr & Mrs. Valentine Hussy, donor's great aunt and uncle and early residents of San Mateo County. Mr. Hussy was the first Postmaster of Redwood City.
Notes "Valentine Hussey - 1880 Census Record
San Mateo, San Mateo County, California, United States
Valentine Hussey lived in San Mateo County, California in 1880. He was the head of the household, 52 years old, and identified as white. Valentine was born in Ireland, and both of his parents were born in Ireland as well. In 1880, Valentine was married to Alice Hussey. His occupation was 'farmer'."

"During the early settlement of North America, it was fairly common that itinerant weavers would travel the frontier with their looms, and lodge with families while they did their weaving. Even through the 1930's it was common that household rags were taken to rug weavers to use for making rugs for the family."
Dimensions H-23.5 W-48.5 D-0.25 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Floor Covering
Hussey, Alice
Hussey, Valentine
Subjects Rugs
Floor coverings
People Hussey, Alice
Hussey, Valentine