Mid-20th Century American Purple Handwoven Wool Rag Rug BB2765 12'1" × 14'7" $9,000
American rag rug, having four columns of dense red stripes with subtle blue, brown and orange stripes intermixed overall.
Vintage area rug hooking in the present form might have developed in North America. The story likes to repeat itself, thus primarily this humble craft constituted the domain of the poor. About 1830, when weaving centers began producing machine-made carpets for the rich, the trend for floor coverings arose in the United States. Less wealthy had to use their skill and imagination to transform whatever they had into valid utilitarian object. Having no access to thrums, resourceful American women took all kinds of fabric remnants and created imaginative and beautiful American hand hooked wool rugs. Burlap was the most popular material for the backing of antique native american rugs as old grain sacks were made of it and farmers had plenty of hemp fabric practically off charge.
Mid-20th Century American Purple Handwoven Wool Rag Rug BB2765