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Hooked Rug

Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Hooked Rug
Maker: Grenfell Mission
Place Made: North America: Canada, Eastern Canada, Newfoundland & Labrador, Grenfell Mission
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1930 - 1935
Dimensions: L 81 cm x W 48 cm
Materials: Burlap; rayon; silk
Techniques: Plain woven; hooked
ID Number: T01.24.1
Credit: Gift of Ginny Sloan

Grenfell rugs (also known as mats) are distinctive in their use of every single hole in the burlap (brin) backing, resulting in a finely textured surface. This rug features two polar bears, facing each other as if they were animals on a coat of arms. Polar bears were favoured subjects on hooked rugs; early requests for silk and rayon undergarments, which were donated to the Grenfell Medical Mission for use in the rugs, often included white for the snow and the northern animals.

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