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Hooked Rug

Type: For the Floor
Object Name: Hooked Rug
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1930
Dimensions: L 213 cm x W 133 cm
Materials: Burlap; cotton; wool
Techniques: Plain woven; hand-sewn; hooked
ID Number: T01.48.1
Credit: Gift of Barbara Gunn in memory of Mrs. Helen W. Band

Rug hooking is a unique North American tradition that arose in response to the need to cover the cold bare floors of pioneer homes. Weaving cloth required long hours at the spinning wheel and loom, but rugs could be made from scraps of fabrics and fibres that were pulled through a burlap base to produce warm floor-coverings to brighten the home. It is rare to find a hooked rug whose maker is known; unlike quilts, which were treasured family possessions, hooked rugs wore out and their history was often lost.