This circa-1940 vintage American hooked rug is a study in intricacy and attention to detail, with an all-over design featuring floral and geometric abstractions in multicolored hues of blue and green (among others), against a field of deep rust. 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.