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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: c 1916
Dimensions: L 104 cm x W 68 cm
Materials: Burlap; jute
Techniques: Hooked; dyed
ID Number: T78.0006a
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada purchase

The most distinctive of Canadian hooked rugs are those from the Grenfell Missions in Newfoundland and Labrador. In the early 20th century, the Mission distributed rug kits with designs of local interest such as fish, sailing ships, icebergs, sea gulls, puffins and dog teams to the women of the coastal areas. During the quiet months of February and March (the off months for fishing), women hooked rugs in their homes. The money earned from the sale of these rugs helped augment meagre incomes earned from fishing.