This circa-1940 vintage hooked rug features a striking tableau of curving leaves in varying shades of orange, yellow, pink and green against a field of light mauve. The overall effect is one of peaceful autumnal scenery. Brought to New England and Canada by North European fishermen and farmers, American hooked rugs gained popularity in colder climates with typically long, harsh winters. These carpets were traditionally made by pulling a narrow strip of cut fabric up through a foundation material with a special tool, eventually evolving into a significant category of American folk art. Motifs for American hooked rugs were often inspired by the weavers' natural environment - sea shells, fallen leaves, animals, the family dog, buildings, flowers, baskets, seascapes and landscape vignettes. Because of their authenticity and beauty, antique American hooked rugs are keenly sought after.