Monday, December 7, 2015

Nothing New Except Old Rugs

Since progress on my November camp rug (A Day in the Country) isn't moving along as fast as I'd like there's really not much for me to talk about.  Welllll, guess the dye pots could be brought out but don't have any plans to dye anything yet.  So my 'go to' cheating post is showing wonderful old rugs.

Info I have on this one below is 1900 Woodview Canada.
And here is one with a date of 1920 from Pennsylvania.
This one was marked as a Baltimore Oriole and it has a hit and miss border.  Don't know a date on this, sorry.
Now this one I really like.  Seems the more aged and primitive the better.  This is marked as early 19th century and of course is a bear. Now here goes my mind wondering.....wonder if the blue is supposed to be water to indicate the bear was searching for both fish and food on land OR if the hooker used what she or he had?  If only rugs could talk.
Anyone like scrolls and florals?  Here is a rug with a big scroll border but small floral inside.  Sorry I don't know anything about dates.
Birds and floral with hit and miss border hooked with wool, cotton and silk on linen, 1860.  
This naive rug below of a lavender bunny and scrolls is listed as hooked in 1900's.
A rug attributed to Magdalena Briner and now known as Magdalena's Animal Parade is below.  Quite a beauty and as you must know by now I love her rugs but this is huge and not sure I'll ever hook it.  But who knows, I hooked Domestic Zoo so won't say 'never'.
This rug promotes a few questions in my mind too. Is this an engagement or wedding rug?  There are love birds with red hearts, two hooked diamonds in the top corners and two animals.  Perhaps a cat lady and horse man joining in marriage?  
Okay, maybe I'm reaching with my comments and questions on some of the antique rugs.  But when I look at old rugs just wish the designer/hooker was there to share their story.

Perhaps this should be a lesson to all of us to label our rugs and maybe even leave a legacy of the story behind our rugs for our loved ones to know.

I'll leave you all with that thought as I sign off for tonight.  Am hoping to pull a few more loops on my rug to have some progress to show you tomorrow.



  1. Thanks for the antique rug show. Yes indeed, if rugs could talk I wonder what interesting stories they would tell us.

    I still haven't tried making my own cloth labels because I'm afraid to jam the copier which we use extensively for the business.

    I really need to work at some designs for my unlabeled rugs.

    keep reminding us...

  2. My favorite is the first one :)
    My rugs won't leave a story because most of them are still not labeled...sigh.
    Hugs :)

  3. Hi Saundra,
    I ALWAYS enjoy your rug shows and believe me when I say, It is NEVER OLD!! Those early rugs ALWAYS INSPIRE and I love the fact that each one tells a story!! I need to label the ones I have done and appreciate your reminders of how important that is!!! I always learn something from your blog!!! Thank you for sharing such great info!!
    Hope you can finish up your rug soon!!
    Have a great week!!
    Warm Hugs~

  4. Such great antique rugs, a few I have never seen.
    Have a great evening!


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