Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond

  • Sheep Rug Wool on burlap, 23 ¼ x 38 ¾ inches, Private Collection, Frost Design
  • Cat Rug, c. 1920 Private Collection
May 01, 2010 - January 09, 2011
Crosman Gallery

For a century hooked rugs have been avidly sought by collectors of folk art, artists and connoisseurs excited by their vibrant patterns, color and originality. Born during the first half of the nineteenth century, the craft of rug hooking spread rapidly throughout the nation from its probable origins in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The functional rug, made from scraps of fabric and yarn, became a unique expression of its maker as well as a decorative embellishment for the home.  Approximately forty splendid examples of hooked rugs that include Waldoboro, Arts and Crafts, cottage industry and other types emerge from the past for a spectacular display in Rug Hooking in Maine and Beyond, organized by guest curator Mildred Cole Péladeau and opening at the Farnsworth Art Museum May 1, 2010.


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