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Catalog Number 0001.088
Description Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850. Colored rag strips are of various fibers, possibly including wool, cotton and linen. Rag strips are woven through a burlap backing. Pattern is of alternating dark and light brown colored diamonds with a pattern of two same-colored flowers and one different-colored flower in the center with green leaves at points of longest ends of diamond. Long end of diamond pattern runs along the long width of the rug with short side of diamond making up the depth. Other fabric colors include: red, blue, pink, cream and gold. A light tan newer burlap 2 5/8" border has been affixed to back of rug to stabilize edging. Rug is heavily worn with several holes and patches throughout.
Object Name Rug, Area
Collection 3D - Floor Covering
Title Handmade Rag Area Rug, 1850
Date 1850
Creator Unknown
Role Fiber Artist
Inscription Text "1988" (handwritten on back in black marker in top right corner of new burlap edging--probably the year it was added)
Provenance Woven in Pennsylvania in 1850 by grandfather of donor.
Notes "History of Rag Rugs
These rugs originated in England and Europe, and in New England they became a
favored choice. Rag rugs are produced in a plain, flat weave style. Rag rugs are woven
on hand or machine looms where the weft is made of strips of cloth. They can be a solid
color or a mix of many colors. Rag rugs may consist of irregular stripes in bright cheerful
colors. ..."
[http://higheredbcs.wiley.com/legacy/college/nielson/0471606405/supplementary/History_of_Rag_Rugs.pdf]
Dimensions H-95.5 W-139 D-0.75 inches
Medium Textile
Search Terms Floor Covering
Flowers
Home Decor
Rug
Rugs
Textiles
Subjects Floor coverings
Rugs