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Medallion Rug

late 19th century
27 1/4 x 66 1/2 x 3/8 in. (69.2 x 168.9 x 1 cm)

Unknown, American

Object Type: Textiles
Medium and Support: Wool, cotton and burlap
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Ernest L. Woodward
Accession Number: 1952.5
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Location: Not currently on view

Hooked rugs are among the most enduring forms of American folk art. Although commercial pattterns became available in the late 1860s, earlier designs were the product of the maker’s own imagination and circumstances. The rugs were typically crafted by women, often using worn scraps of material and homemade dyes, who sometimes copied examples made by friends and neighbors. We can imagine that the person who designed this particular rug was a farmer’s wife, proud of her livestock and the variety of flowers she grew in her garden. The fact that some of the medallions have lost their edges suggest that it has been cut down from its original size due to wear.

[Label text from It Came From the Vault exhibition, 2013]

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